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Johann Tetzel

  • BORN
  • Pirna, Electorate of Saxony
  • 1465
  • DIED
  • Leipzig, Electorate of Saxony
  • August 11, 1519

Johann Tetzel (1465 – 11 August 1519) was a German Dominican friar and preacher. In addition, he was a Grand Inquisitor of Heresy to Poland, and later became the Grand Commissioner for indulgences in Germany. Tetzel was known for granting indulgences on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church in exchange for money, which allow a remission of temporal punishment due to sin, the guilt of which has been forgiven, a position heavily challenged by Martin Luther. This contributed in part to the Reformation.

SOURCE: Wikipedia