03 January 2015

On This Day: Church excommunicates Martin Luther

It was On This Day in 1521 that the Roman Catholic Church excommunicated Martin Luther. Luther was a German theologian and monk who had first voiced his protests and doctrine differences in 1517. He was called a heretic by many. He remained at odds with the church until Pope Leo X issued his excommunication. It was this order of the Pope that led to the formation of the Lutheran church and the Protestant Reformation.

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events. I will make every effort to keep events localized to that of my research or research I am conducting for others. However, from time to time, it will simply be a subject that captured my attention.
Some posts will be brief while others may be more detailed.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
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