Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Not even the Pigs

In an article entitled "Health, Welfare, and Education in the Protestant Reformation: Who Cared?", Rebecca Prichard cites Luther's condemnation of the "brotherhoods" which were originally founded on principles of charity and mercy ministry:

"The brotherhood," he said, "is also supposed to be a special convocation of good works; instead it has become a collecting of money for beer. What have the names of Our Lady, St. Anne, St. Sebastian, of other saints to do with your brotherhoods, in which you have nothing but gluttony, drunkenness, dancing, and wasting of time? If a sow were made the patron saint of such a brotherhood she would not consent."

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