Catholics/Erasmus and Thomas More


QUESTION: Was Martin Luther correct in any of his criticisms of the Catholic Church of his day whether it be from his 95 theses or other writings?

ANSWER: Yes, but then he took it way too far.  The two great Catholic lights of the time, St. Thomas More and Venerable Erasmus were both criticizing the Church as much as was Luther, but they didn't go over the edge with such crazy notions as the following:

1.  Luther rejected the sacramental nature of Matrimony.  "There is no
difference between the married state and whoredom.

2.  He sanctioned adultery, expressed his approval of divorce, polygamy,

3.  His "sola fides" (Faith alone) and "sola scriptura" (Scripture alone)
was the basis for him to deny guilt for sin.  His aim was to establish a
"guilt-free" philosophy that is seen today rampant in the Protestant sects.

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QUESTION: I was not aware of this. Thanks. What was one of Thomas More's criticism of the church and what was Erasmus'?

St. Thomas More and Venerable Erasmus, the two leading Catholics of the early 16th century, openly criticized the conduct of the Church, which at that time was lead by the "Bad Pope" Alexander VI-Borgia (1492-1503), a morally corrupt individual, who most likely used murder to maintain his power.  Because simony, bribery, and public lechery (Borgia publicly kept a mistress), Giuliano Cardinal della Rovere, later Pope Julius II, endeavored to instigate the convocation of a council to depose Alexander VI.  The Council of Constance had deposed Antipope John XXIII in 1417 for simony, bribery, and public lechery.

Venerable Erasmus, after a week staying with More, published "Stultitiae Laus" (In Praise of Folly), a satire in which Folly chastises corrupt practices in parts of the Church under the Borgia popes.  The essay ends with a straightforward statement of Christian ideals.  Erasmus and More remained faithful to the Church while vehemently criticizing the corruption of the recent popes.  Luther became a heretic from the Church.


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