Hermann Schweder, painter – Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley
“Christianity on the eve of the Reformation was undoubtedly popular and lively, but that does not mean it was healthy or biblical. In fact, if all the people had been hungering for the kind of change the Reformation would bring, it would suggest that the Reformation was little more than a natural social movement, a moral clean-up. This the Reformers always denied. It was not a popular moral reform; it was a challenge to the very heart of Christianity. They claimed that God’s word was breaking in to change the world; it was unexpected, and went right against the grain; it was not a human work but a divine bombshell.”
Michael Reeves, The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering The Heart Of The Reformation, B&H Publishing, 2010, p. 25.
A Song of Praise to the Lord for His Salvation and Judgment
98 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
2 The Lord has made known His salvation;
His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.
If you’re interested in this subject, you’ll find an article by this name in the August issue of National Geographic. The subtitle is: “Will the Pope change the Vatican? Or will the Vatican change the Pope?”
In light of Francis I’s planned visit to the US in September, and his addresses to a joint session of Congress and also to the UN, it is important to study the groundwork being laid for these events in the media.
“Pope Francis Remakes the Vatican”
Photographer – Dave Yoder
Writer – Robert Draper
(Yoder and Draper have also collaborated on a soon-to-be-published National Geographic book: Pope Francis and the New Vatican.)
I plan to read the article and share my thoughts. It includes a short timeline called “Saints and Sinners” that necessarily omits many things, but the omissions are significant:
and the Counter-Reformation
It does include a mention of Luther’s excommunication but no year is given, and of “Reforming Popes,” which notes 1540 as the year when
“Church leaders convene a council… to reform the church. They approve new religious orders that spread the Catholic faith through worldwide missions.”
This is a strange way to speak about the Council of Trent, with its many anathemas of Biblical faith and Christians. And why no mention of it by name?
1540 is not only the date when Paul III summoned this council but the date of his approval/establishment of Ignatius of Loyola’s Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).
Watch the media, please.