He was. But if he was so good a man, and the monastery so evil, he was a mighty long time living an iniquitous life before he got his conscientious scruples. Yet hear a few facts. After Martin had left the Catholic Church, he gave permission to Philip of Hesse to commit bigamy and have two wives. Does that sound good and Christian? And to Philip he said, “Provided you keep it quiet.” Does that sound straight? He called his enemies “Coarse donkeys, cursed sows, epicurean swine, putrid puddles, and the cursed broth of hell.” It does not sound much like Christian charity. To his friend Weller he wrote, “Why do I drink too much, talk too much, and like good meals too much? It is when the devil prepares to torment me and mock me.” Preaching against his fellow-Protestants, the Anabaptists, he says, “The Anabaptists say that reason is a torch. Does reason shed light? Yes, like dung would shed if set in a lantern. Reason is a prostitute. Throw dung in her face to make her hideous. Reason ought to be drowned.” But I spare you. Phrases such as these are legion in the writings of Luther, and the greatest tribute to the Catholic Church is that a man like Martin Luther felt impelled to leave her.
Radio Replies Volume 1 by Rev. Dr. Leslie Rumble MSC and Rev. Charles Mortimer Carty