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Beware Luther-mania

Frank Nieman (Forum, March 26) seemed to defend Martin Luther and the Seven Sacraments at the same time. Henry VIII, before he left Rome, was given the title, "Defender of the Faith," by Pope Leo XIII for his theological masterpiece, Assertio Septem Sacramentorum Adversus Martinum Lutherum — "Defense of the Seven Sacraments against Martin Luther."

Luther had rejected certain characteristics of the sacraments and Henry despised him because of that.

According to W.M.L.de Wette, theologian and biographer and editor of five volumes of Luther's works, Luther bragged about being a womanizer and drunkard. He was a lustful defrocked priest who abandoned his vows to God to marry a runaway nun. His meetings took place amid heavy drinking and eating.

The morning after he died he was found on the floor with his stomach swollen from excessive food and drink. He ended his life as a glutton and vulgar libertine. Not exactly the kind of "Christian" Nieman described.

This is the man the world will celebrate in 2017, the 500th anniversary of Luther's so-called "reformation," more appropriately dubbed "deformation" by Hilaire Belloc. Readers beware of the glowing attributions on Luther coming your way.

Jack Hockel
Walnut Creek

Double standard

How convenient for President Obama. His White House demanded that Georgetown University, in 2009, cover up the Crucifix of our Lord, Jesus Christ, before Obama would make a speech there.

Yet, on his visit to Cuba, the president of the United States gave a speech in Havana's Revolutionary Square, in front of a 50 foot image of Che Guevara. Where were his White House handlers? How tone deaf many Catholics are to the hypocrisy and political correctness in the White House.

Bob Conlon
San Ramon

Real battle
Catholic intellectuals Robert George and George Weigel wrote "An appeal to our fellow Catholics," March 7 in National Review Online. They were critical of presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying he is 'unfit to be president" and that his political campaign has "driven our politics to new levels of vulgarity."

As Christians, is not our fight against evil on high? But Weigel concentrates on judging a person running for president.

For eight years, the powers on high, President Obama's administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sponsored the destruction of Syria and Libya. Libya under Gaddafi was the most generous benefactor of Africa until it was destroyed by US bombing and an invasion by ISIS-like rebels who have killed countless people. Now Libya is a camp for exporting terrorism elsewhere.

The invasion by ISIS of Syria resulted in millions of refugees and the genocide of 250,000 Muslims and Christians. This is the work of the Antichrist.

Our real battle is between Christ and the Antichrist. Trump's courage amazes me. In this aspect, he reminds me of Pope Francis.

Richard "Joe" Trevors

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