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Again, "Why does not the pope, whose wealth is today greater than the wealth of the richest Crassus, build this one basilica of St. Peter with his own money rather than with the money of poor believers?" what is this quotation means ?

95 theses by Martin Luther

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Martin Luther is criticizing the Catholic Church, the Pope in Particular. He claims that their grand churches are built on the backs of the poor who are Catholic. The subtext is that the Pope is greedy and uses the poor who believe.