Thanks. Wow, that's a lot of info to read regarding one single quote from Luther! Honestly, with so much to sort through, I don't know how any apologist on either side can be 100% accurate with all the facts about everything all the time. Where do you folks find the time?
It all starts by looking up stuff before posting or publishing. This should go without saying, for both Protestants and Roman Catholics.
Just a few days ago I was going to post a quote from Tertullian that I found in a book about end times. The book put forth a quote from Tertullian inferring that he was saying it was the end of the world. I went and looked up the quote, and Tertullian was saying no such thing.
5 or 10 years ago, it was standard for Luther to be cited without helpful documentation all over the Internet. Now, there's no excuse, so much is available. I could go through a lot of the quotes posted here earlier, and put them back in context, minus the polemic.
That's what so bothered me about Shea & Stravinskas on Luther's tomb. Both should know better than to simply post stuff without checking it. They are professional apologists, and a pro should know to check their facts before going to print.