America, the Jesuit rag, published a fan letter from a liberal Lutheran who loves Pope Francis:
Dear Pope Francis,
Maybe you have heard: 2017 is a big year for Lutherans. Many are giddy with excitement as we commemorate the audacity of a certain 16th-century Augustinian monk, who on Oct. 31, 1517, nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg. Fingers flutter across keyboards feverishly extolling or disputing Martin Luther’s contributions and flaws. But I—one who has marinated in American Lutheranism most of her life—find myself writing to you, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Perhaps it is an odd moment for Lutheran fan mail. Yet, ever since you became the Bishop of Rome in 2013, I have become increasingly convinced that you are the pope that Luther was looking for 500 years ago. Here are four reasons why.
Go here to read the rest. The Pope who Herr Docktor Martin Luther was actually looking for was named Herr Docktor Martin Luther. PopeWatch wishes that he could agree with the Lutheran Francis groupie, but PopeWatch rather thinks that Luther would have been appalled by Pope Francis and would have regarded him as Exhibit A in his contention that the Papacy was the anti-Christ. Whatever else may be said about that violent heresiarch, Luther truly believed that he was attempting to implement the will of God. In Francis he would have seen the Bishop of Rome prostituting the Church for political ends. No, the screeds that Luther would have produced against Pope Francis practically write themselves.