Saturday, May 28, 2011

Papal teaching for today

"Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de Medici and Luigi de Rossi" by Raphael Sanzio

From "Exsurge Domine"  (1520 AD) of Pope Leo X, condemning the errors of Martin Luther (full text here):

Therefore let Martin himself and all those adhering to him, and those who shelter and support him, through the merciful heart of our God and the sprinkling of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ by which and through whom the redemption of the human race and the upbuilding of holy mother Church was accomplished, know that from our heart we exhort and beseech that he cease to disturb the peace, unity, and truth of the Church for which the Savior prayed so earnestly to the Father. Let him abstain from his pernicious errors that he may come back to us. If they really will obey, and certify to us by legal documents that they have obeyed, they will find in us the affection of a father's love, the opening of the font of the effects of paternal charity, and opening of the font of mercy and clemency.

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