With Martin Luther’s scathing 95 Theses on the current state of Church affairs, calls for reform in the church have swept Europe. Now you must decide the fate of the Catholic Church.
It is the year of our Lord 1521, and heresy has swept across Europe. Martin Luther, traitor to God and the Catholic Church, posted his scathing 95 Theses upon the door of the Wittenberg Castle church several years ago, but Pope Leo X has been slow to respond to these lies. Now calls for reformation have garnered much support from nobles and princes in Germany and Scandinavia, and their movement threatens to grow unless the Church finally takes a stand and addresses Luther’s dissent in earnest. As the year comes to a close, Leo X has grown ill and is on death’s door. As we plan for the election of the next pope, we must acknowledge that we are at a crossroads, and that the future authority of the Church hinges on where the next pope will take us. Will we stay the course of tradition and orthodoxy, or will we bend to the calls of reform? Will we remain a political power able to unite the Christendoms against foreign infidels, or will we continue to perform the Lord’s work in a more subdued capacity? The College of Cardinals will convene to answer these questions, and to determine who among us is fit to be the Bishop of Rome, the Pontifex Maximus--the Pope.