It has recently been suggested that the Catholic Church conspired or indirectly authorized the immediate murder of Martin Luther after the Diet of Worms in 1521. However, I haven’t been able to substantiate that anywhere on the interwebs. Poster ‘benjohnson’ submitted in this post on another thread that the wording at the beginning of the Edict of Worms points to this conclusion, but further examination seems to contradict the rest of the edict, which clearly states:
“For this reason we forbid anyone from this time forward to dare, either by words or by deeds, to receive, defend, sustain, or favour the said Martin Luther. On the contrary, we want him to be apprehended and punished as a notorious heretic, as he deserves, to be brought personally before us, or to be securely guarded until those who have captured him inform us, whereupon we will order the appropriate manner of proceeding against the said Luther. Those who will help in his capture will be rewarded generously for their good work.” (wiki link)
Am I missing something? Please discuss.
Thanks in advance.
(To Ben, I’m not trying to single you out. I Respect your opinion on this board and don’t wish to harass you or call you out personally, but I found your explanation inadequate.)