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95 Theses: Thesis 86

by PastorWilliams on August 20th, 2017

“Again: — “Why does not the pope, whose wealth is to-day greater than the riches of the richest, build just this one church of St. Peter with his own money, rather than with the money of poor believers?””

Once again, Luther asks the question that was likely in the minds of many theologians. However, most wouldn’t ever dare voice them publicly. This question was the heart of the Middle Ages as the Pope and the upper echelons of the Roman Church gained more and more territory, power and wealth. By the sixteenth century, the Pope was the richest man in the world. Why was it that the Pope, the richest man in the world, needed to fund raise to build St. Peter’s Basilica?

Instead of using his own money to build a single church building, he raided the coffers of the poor laypeople. It is the height of avarice and greed to take money when you have more than you need already. The Pope could have built St. Peter’s Basilica without denting his fortunes too badly, but he wouldn’t do it.

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