31 October 2017 marked 500 years since the 95 theses had been nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg where Latin-speaking passersby could read the following:
“Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may do so by letter. In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
The only thing that the Pope understood from Luther’s theses was that they had posed threat to the Papal supremacy over bodies and souls.
Pope Leo X, who received only a bit more votes than Tamás Bakócz did, was rather tardy in giving a response…