Exsurge Domine: Johann Eck: helped compose the papal bull Exsurge Domine (June ), in which Pope Leo X condemned 41 of Luther’s theses and . The bull threatening Luther with excommunication, Exsurge Domine (“Arise, O Lord”), was published on June 15, It represented the culmination of several . Exsurge Domine. A bull issued in June by Pope Leo X, threatening the excommunication of Luther. Source for information on Exsurge Domine: The.

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That heretics be burned is against the will of the Spirit. In virtue of our pastoral office committed to us by the divine favor we can under no circumstances tolerate or overlook any longer the pernicious poison of the above errors without disgrace to the Christian religion and injury to orthodox faith.

Some of these errors we have decided to include in the present document; their substance is as follows:.

With a hardened spirit he has continued under censure over a year. This be my recantation, O bull, thou daughter of bulls. Finally, let the whole church of the saints and the rest of the universal church arise. Other errors are either heretical, false, scandalous, or offensive to pious ears, as seductive of simple minds, originating with false exponents of the faith who in their proud curiosity yearn for the world’s glory, and contrary to the Apostle’s teaching, wish to be wiser than they should be.

To the present day he has been contumacious. He is like the heretics “whose last defense,” as Jerome says, “is to start spewing out a serpent’s venom with their tongue when they see that their causes are about to be condemned, and spring to insults when they see they are vanquished. Second Council of Constantinople — A. Among those he encountered was Desiderus Erasmus, who declared that “The inclemency of the bull ill comports with the moderation of Leo” and also that “Papal bulls are weighty, but scholars attach much more weight to books with good arguments drawn from the testimony of divine Scripture, which does not coerce but instructs.

They have bitter zeal, contention in their hearts, and boast and lie against the truth. If the pope with a great part of the Church thought so and so, he would not err; still it is not a sin or heresy to think the contrary, especially in a matter not necessary for salvation, until one alternative is condemned and another approved by a general Council.

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Some of these errors we have decided to include in the present document; their substance is as follows: From their sight fear of God has now passed. If, however, this Martin, his supporters, adherents and accomplices, much to our regret, should stubbornly not comply with the mentioned stipulations within the mentioned period, we shall, following the teaching of the holy Apostle Paul, who teaches us to avoid a heretic after having admonished him for a first and a second time, condemn this Martin, his supporters, adherents and accomplices as barren vines which are not in Christ, preaching an offensive doctrine contrary to the Christian faith and offend the divine majesty, to the damage and shame of the entire Dokine Church, and diminish the keys of the Church as dommine and public heretics.


The historical impetus for eexsurge bull arose from an effort to provide a decisive papal response to the growing popularity of Luther’s teachings. For, according to domin errors, or any one or several of them, domin clearly follows that the Church which is guided by the Holy Spirit is in error and has always erred. Others disagree with these assessments and advance the alternative view that a censure which may be heretical, but may also be merely “scandalous”, “offensive to pious ears” or “seductive of simple minds”, cannot be accepted as an infallible utterance of the Magisterium.

The souls freed from purgatory by the suffrages of the living are less happy than if they had made satisfactions by themselves. As a exsurve, Luther was excommunicated in By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Some of these have already been condemned by councils and the constitutions of our predecessors, and expressly contain even the heresy of the Greeks and Bohemians. If he had done this, we are certain he would have changed in heart, and he would have recognized his errors.

For now a new Porphyry rises who, as the old once wrongfully assailed the holy apostles, now assails the holy pontiffs, our predecessors. No one ought to answer a priest that he is contrite, nor should the priest inquire.

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No one is certain that he is not always sinning mortally, because of the most hidden vice of pride. It seems to have been decided that the Church in common Council established that the laity should communicate vomine both species; the Bohemians who communicate under both species are not heretics, but schismatics.

If through an impossibility he who confessed was not contrite, or the priest did not absolve seriously, but in a jocose manner, if nevertheless he believes that he has been absolved, he is most truly absolved. As far as Martin himself is concerned, O good God, what have we overlooked romine not done?

We have therefore held a esurge inquiry, scrutiny, discussion, strict examination, and mature deliberation with each of the brothers, the eminent cardinals of the holy Roman Church, as well as the priors and ministers general of the religious orders, besides many other professors and masters skilled in sacred theology and in civil and canon law.


The Pope’s words include these translated into English:. We beseech you also, Paul, to arise. We have even offered him safe conduct and the money necessary for the journey urging him to come without fear or any misgivings, which perfect charity should cast out, and to talk not secretly but openly and face to face after the example of our Savior and the Apostle Paul.

We grieve the more that this happened there because we and our predecessors have always held this nation in the bosom of our affection. Arise, O Lord, and judge your own cause. Now Augustine maintained that her authority had to be accepted so completely that he stated he would not have believed the Gospel unless the authority of the Catholic Church had vouched for it.

But if they believe and trust that they will attain grace, then this faith alone makes them pure and worthy. Some of these errors we have decided to include in the present document; their substance is as follows:. A copy of Exsurge Domine is extant in the Vatican Library.

The committee was reorganized and subsequently produced a report determining that only a few of Luther’s teachings could potentially be deemed heretical or erroneous from the standpoint of Catholic theology. By burning these works, Luther signaled his decisive break from Catholicism’s traditions and institutions. Remember your reproaches to those who are filled with foolishness all through the day.

Even some Catholic bishops hesitated as much as six months before publishing the bull’s contents. Indeed immediately after the publication of this letter these works, wherever they may be, shall be sought out carefully by the ordinaries and others [ecclesiastics and regulars], and under each and every one of the above penalties shall be burned publicly and solemnly domiine the presence of the clerics and people. Johanne Chrysostomo edition. With a hardened spirit he has continued under censure over a year.

Purgatory cannot be proved from Sacred Scripture which is in the canon. Printed copies of this bull bore the Latin title Bulla contra errores Martini Lutheri et sequacium Bull against the errors of Martin Luther and his followersbut it is more commonly known by its Latin incipitExsurge Domine Arise O Lord.

Seldom has the pope overcome anyone with Scripture exsuege with reason.