Luther Shares His Feelings About the Pope

luther“Next to Satan there is no greater rascal than the pope. He has plotted evil things against me, but he’ll be the last. He isn’t afraid of resorting to terror, and in fact he plans misfortunes. He is a Florentine bastard.” — Martin Luther

Note- When 16th century theologians and authors talk about the ‘Florentines’ or make reference to the ‘florentiners’ they are talking about homosexuals.  Florence was well known as a hotspot of homosexual engagements.  Indeed, ‘Florentine’ became a byword for it.  ‘To Florence’ and its many forms all described the same activity.  Consequently, what Luther is calling the Pope is ‘a homosexual bastard’.