Monday, December 22, 2008

Pope Pius on John Calvin

In my research for a recent sermon that required addressing the issue of materialism, I ran across a rich quote from Pope Pius IV. Pius was Pope in the mid 1500's during the latter part of the so-called "counter reformation" that saw the culmination of the Council of Trent. He was no friend of the protestant reformation, but did make a very telling statement about John Calvin immediately after the great reformer died-

“The strength of that heretic [Calvin] consisted in this, that money never had the slightest charm for him. If I had such servants my dominion would extend from sea to sea.”

I wish this could be said of me (not the heretic part...).


Frontier Forest said...

Talking about heresy! Look at the Pope Pius calling the papal/pot-kettle black. I got this off the Council of Trent’s hyperlink. “In the area of religious doctrine, the council refused any concessions to the Protestants and, in the process, crystallized and codified Catholic dogma far more than ever before. It directly opposed Protestantism by reaffirming the existence of seven sacraments, transubstantiation, purgatory, the necessity of the priesthood, and justification by works as well as by faith. Clerical celibacy and monasticism were maintained, and decrees were issued in favor of the efficacy of relics, indulgences, and the veneration of the Virgin Mary and the saints.”
Here is the one I like the best, “Tradition was declared coequal to Scripture as a source of spiritual knowledge, and the sole right of the church to interpret the Bible was asserted.”

Rick Calohan said...

On July 10, 2009 will mark the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth to learn more about John Calvin you can go to