Page 2, 20th June 1980

20th June 1980
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Page 2, 20th June 1980 — Eastern accolade for Comrade Luther

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Eastern accolade for Comrade Luther

THE "bourgeois revolution" which overthrew Catholic domination of Europe — a revolution better known as the Reformation — was praised this week by Mr Erich Honecker, the communist leader of East Germany.

He promised state aid for the celebrations in 1983 of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther and said that the State would be honouring "the historical achievements which

Luther brought about for social progress and world culture."

FlonoFary comrade Luther launched the revolution in 1517 by nailing his 95 theses condemning Catholicism to the church door in Wittenberg, now in central East Germany,

Over the past few years he has been gradually rehabilitated in the land of his birth. Earlier he was criticised as a traitor to his own reforms by impeding the revolutionary process.

Mr Honecker said the agreemeent over the celebrations reflected "the general cooperation between citizens or our country regardless of their attitudes and religion."

, A less rosy picture was painted by Protestant bishop at the launching of the State celebrations. He said the government should demonstrate that Christians were really equal and respected citizens.

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