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"So when you read about the scandals, remember that the Vatican is not the same as the Catholic Church"

is basically the message of Martin Luther, who wrote:

“I am of a different mind ten times in the course of a day. But I resist the devil, and often it is with a fart that I chase him away. When he tempts me with silly sins I say, 'Devil, yesterday I broke wind too. Have you written it down on your list?' …I remind myself of the forgiveness of sin and of Christ and I remind Satan of the abomination of the pope. This abomination is so great that I am of good cheer and rejoice, and I confess that the abomination of the papacy after the time of Christ is a great consolation in me.”

Modern Catholics want to have it both ways: on the one hand, a claim to a link to God above through the authoritative hierarchy of the Church and, on the other hand, denial that that authoritative hierarchy represents the will of God above.

Why don't y'all just become protestants like Luther did when faced with similar papal corruption?

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