Johann von Staupitz was Luther’s mentor and confessor and also the dean of theology at the University of Wittenberg. He is the one who sent Luther and another monk to go to Rome in order to get a resolution to the conflict from church authorities. It was in Rome that Luther began to see some of the corruption in the church.
Staupitz was aware of Luther’s academic gifts, but also of his struggles with seeking to be “holy enough” for God to love him. As his confessor, Staupitz mentored the monk and tried to assure him that God was not out to punish him. Staupitz later assigned Luther to the task of teaching the Bible at the university. Even though the differed, Luther and Staupitz remained friends for quite some time. Staupitz never became a fellow reformer, but remained in the Catholic Church.