Papal Legate Cardinal Thomas Cajetan Interviews Martin Luther About His Views

Papal Legate Cardinal Thomas Cajetan Interviews Martin Luther About His Views

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Martin Luther is interviewed over the next three days by Cardinal Thomas Cajetan, the papal legate, about his views. Pope Leo X had wanted Luther brought to Rome to answer charges against him, but Frederick the Wise, elector of Germany, suggested an interview in Augsburg would be better.

When brought before Cardinal Cajetan, Luther refuses to recant the 95 theses which he posted the previous October on the chapel door at Wittenberg Castle. Instead, he suggests that they be referred to theologians at the universities for discussion.

Cardinal Cajetan is not the least bit willing to consider that suggestion; as far as he is concerned, Luther is acting like an unrepentant heretic, and in response he will decide to have Luther arrested. However, Luther will learn of these plans and manages to escape in the night before they can be carried out.

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