This isn't so much a question but rather a little musing: it seems to me that the greatest tragedy of the Protestant "Reformation" is that not only did it fail to reform the Catholic Church, but it actually made it more difficult for reform to happen in future generations. Specifically, since the "Reformation", reform-minded Catholics usually leave the Church to join one of the Protestant sects.
Anyone else come to that conclusion?
That the RC Church was not reformed is the greatest tragedy. It was never Luther's intent to form another Church, and he did not like it when people called themselves "Lutherans". Luther, and other German theologians, had a great respect for "The Eastern Church", and freely admitted in many of their writings that the "Eastern Church" was closest to what they envisioned the "early" Church to be. Later theologians, such as Melancthion, were drifting closer and closer to the Orthodox Church, with the Greek version of the Augsburg Confession being influenced by a Serbian Deacon sent by the EP to Germany. Had Luther been successful in reforming the Latin Church, it is very likely that East and West would be united today, since most of what Luther detested about Roman Catholicism is equally detested by the Orthodox. A reformation of the Latin Church would also likely have taken the steam out of the other reformer's sails, and we may not be seeing the 2500 different Protestant sects that we see today.
I have to put it bluntly, but that is a load of crap. Luther married a former nun after leaving the Church, this in itself should show his true ambitions! He may have "respected" the Eastern Church, but acted in total disobedience to the teachings of both the Eastern and Western Churches. He was a monk who couldn't cut the monastic life and wanted things his way. He called for rampant iconoclasm, church desecration and destruction, violence, and justified himself and others because he believed no sin could take him away from salvation. His sects were responsible for over 100,000 deaths in a three-year period, a number the Inquisition doesn't even come close to in its 300+ year existence. True, he told his mother to remain Catholic, and I pray he is shown mercy for doing so.
The Latin Church was reformed, and only prospered. Some of its great modern Saints were the fathers, sons, and daughters of the counter-reformation. If it had gone the way Luther wanted, the Novus Ordo would've happened a few hundred years ago.