By Chris Castaldo
It’s not uncommon to hear Martin Luther pegged as the man who effectively split the Western Church. Along this line, Bishop Robert Barron remarks in a new documentary, “I think Luther was too polemical, and I think he fell into opposition [too] quickly with the Catholic Church.”
Barron suggests that if Luther were only more patient and cooperative, his reformation might have been avoided, and a Lutheran order of monks may have found a place in the Catholic Church. But is this historical portrait accurate?