I read in an RC apologetical work that the Roman Church makes no presumption concerning the eternal destiny of Martin Luther.
Is that assertion true, and if so, has it always been the position of the Roman Church?
It seems to run contrary to the language of the papal bulls issued concerning Luther.
Exsurge Domine said that the Pope could, “without any further citation or delay, proceed against him to his condemnation and damnation…” Luther was neverthless given time for repentance, so that he might escape “the death of a sinner.” But Luther obviously did not repent.
Decet Romanum Pontificem spoke of Luther’s “depraved and damnable purpose.” It called for any of the faithful who were sympathetic to the Lutherans to shun them, so that they “may escape divine vengeance and any degree of participation in their damnation.” It further declared concerning Luther and his followers: “…these and the other sentences, censures and punishments… we decree to have fallen on all these men to their damnation.”
Clarification would be appreciated.