The overall thrust of the document was nonetheless quite provocative. This shameless preaching of pardons makes it hard even for learned men to defend the pope's honor against calumny or to answer the indubitably shrewd questions of the laity. And the church needed the money because Pope Leo X back in Rome was literally bankrupting the church by building St.
Ninety-five Theses The iconic first thesis states, "When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, 'Repent,' he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.
Imperfect piety or love on the part of the dying person necessarily brings with it great fear; and the smaller the love, the greater the fear. Yet is the Pope's absolution and dispensation by no means to be contemned, since it is, as I have said, a declaration of the Divine Absolution.
God help me.
The pamphlet contained 95 points that he felt should be argued at an academic level. Because love grows by works of love, man thereby becomes better. Tetzel defended these in a disputation before the University of Frankfurt on the Oder in January