Sunday, May 25, 2008


This Day in the History of Missed Opportunities

On this day in 1521, the Diet of Worms (which somehow had evaded attack by robins) completed its four months of deliberation and issued the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther a criminal and permitted anyone to kill him without consequences. Of course, no one did, and as a result a sizable portion of the holy catholic Church broke off into a score of separate sects under the later rubric 'Protestant.' And then there was a counter-reformation where the Catholic Church got a lot better in no small part through the efforts of the Society of Jesus. Or so I believe.

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