The Counter-Reformation

The Counter-Reformation

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  • Pope Paul III
  • To redefine the doctrines and regain organization and power in the Catholic Church, I will organize the Council of Trent. The Council of Trent will look at the remarks made by Luther and the other Protestants and clarify what the teachings of the Catholic Church are.
  • The Council of Trent made a bold action and said there would be no compromise between Catholicism and Protestantism, this gave huge power to the Catholic Church and helped renew a lot of Catholics confidence in their faith.
  • Although the Council of Trent separated Protestants from Catholics, they also addressed issues in the Catholic Church. They made a series of reforms to distinguish the corruption of the clergy. They also started regulating the training of priests and abolished indulgences. The Council of Trent also kept some things the same such as the idea that the church should help each person achieve salvation.
  •  The church later established a church court to fight Protestantism, it was called the Roman Inquisition. The church tried people who were accused of being Protestant, practicing witchcraft or not following the church's rules. They also created a list of books called the Index of Forbidden Books, and if they read these books they were said to lose their souls.
  • Let's travel around the whole world and create missionaries to spread Catholicism!
  • The Jesuits spreading Catholicism was only one way the Counter-Reformation had an impact on the world. Rifts between Protestant churches were created. Also, Christians forced Muslims and Jews to convert to Christianity or move to another part of the world. Jews were even forced to live in ghettos in certain European cities. There were also political effects including the creation of states and nations.
  • We, the Protestants, stand by Sola Fide, a justification of faith alone. This is a Christian Theological Doctrine to distinguish the separation between the Catholic and Protestant churches. Although the Catholics do not fully approve of this doctrine, Protestants believe that we are separate from the Catholic Church.
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