Martin Luther- On the Papists

So let them go! Let them act! Let them suffer always and forever such things as their most sanctimonious sanctity deserves, such things as befit their most wise wisdom and which suit their most dignified dignity, which is greater than apostolic or angelic. Let their blood be upon their own heads now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

We are clear of their blood. We have spoken, we have testified, we have cried out, we have done and suffered all things that we might heal that Babylon, but she neither wants nor is able to be healed [Jer. 51:9]. Let us abandon her, that she may be a habitation for the pelicans, the hairy beasts, the satyrs [Isa. 34:11, 14], the Witzels, the Ecks, the Snotspoons,1 the Fabris, who are guests worthy of such a home as the lid is worthy of the pot. “You are righteous, O Lord, and Your judgment is right.” — Martin Luther

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1Johann Cochlaeus, a humanist and Catholic controversialist with whom Luther had several polemical exchanges from the early 1520s on. His name was originally Dobneck, but, in humanist fashion, he used the Greek form (Cochlaeus) of his byname obtained from his place of birth (Wendelstein), which, in turn, reminded Luther of the word for “spoon” (cochlear).

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