When they failed to do so, he unleashed his full fury, more violent now because he believed that the comparative mildness of his earlier writings may have been partly responsible for their refusal.
Realizing that this was hard on people—essentially, they had wasted their money—the Church declared that purchasers of the new indulgences did not have to make confession or even exhibit contrition. Well before the Diet of Worms, Luther began advising priests to marry.
Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar locally famous for his zeal in selling indulgences, is said to have boasted that one of the new ones could obtain remission from sin even for someone who had raped the Virgin Mary. The church in Indulgences brought you an abbreviation of your stay in Purgatory, but what was Purgatory?
More than eighty thousand poorly armed peasants were slaughtered when the latter rebellion failed. The overall thrust of the document was nonetheless quite provocative.