Sunday, 3 January 2021

it befits the roman pontiff

Since in response to earlier threats from Leo X (previously) and repudiation of forty-one points put forward in his Ninety-Five Theses, Martin Luther burned his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine at the Elstertor in Wittenberg, the Pope issued his Decet Romanum Pontificem (the title taken from the first words of the text) on this day in 1521, excommunicating the religious reformer (see previously). The Catholic Church has not rescinded the excommunication, despite urging from Lutherans.