Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms 02
Happy Reformation Day!
The Imperial Diet ('Assembly') of Worms (Germany), May 1521, presided over by Emperor Charles V. At the diet Luther was asked if he would retract his teachings condemned by the Pope (to include his 95 Theses). After a day's meditation he refused.
"Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen."
According to tradition Luther ended his defense on Apr. 18 with the words, "Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen." Finally, on Apr. 26, the emperor, seeing that the dispute was fruitless, ordered Luther to leave the city. He was formally declared an outlaw in the Edict.
Even though he was promised safe conduct, it was secretly understood that he was to be taken on his way. However Prince Frederick the Wise, of Saxony, got to him first and hid him in Wartburg Castle, where Luther spent his time translating the New Testament into German, the common language.