Luther went straight back to scripture and disregarded all traditions in favour following God the way the bible said to. This outraged Catholics, but also informed them of the corruption they were turning a blind eye to. They too realized that the venality of the Catholic Church could not be tolerated any longer. The Catholics believed, however that the way to restore morality was to adhere to their traditions while changing their ideas. This led to conflicts in theological teachings between Protestants and Catholics.
Figures who people would look up to as “holy” would take advantage of their positions and their power. The Church began to conduct religious abuses such as selling church positions, selling indulgences, and supporting the luxurious lifestyle of the popes. Even corruption and immortality began to spur within the clergy. Churches charged their dedicated Catholic followers for the sins they committed in order to appease their own selfish greed. The Catholic Church was heavily corrupted, and once he realized it, what did he do?
By the mid 16th century, the Roman Catholic Church had been ruling most of Europe for a thousand years. European society and politics had been framed around the church and the pope. The church had complete authority in the feudal society and authority over the monarchy. Papal Infallibility, which means that the since the pope was the voice of god, then he was true, was a reason for why the church had not been questioned or had been attacked. Using the church’s powers, the pope was able to control every detail of Europe.
Their hope and confidence in the only true God and Jesus Christ has resulted in a number of Calvinists beaten by rods, captured in bonds and tortured. Their beliefs cause them to endure ‘the greatest indignity’ and lacerated by slanders. Calvin insinuates that the priesthood manipulates others to ply ‘their enmity’ against Calvin. The true religion which is outlined in scripture is ignorantly ignored by the priesthood and by others. The priesthood doesn’t explore men’s beliefs in Christ and God and are not concerned on the matter, provided that the man submits to the judgement of the church in a concept the clergy profess as implicit faith.
The Church The church during the protestant reformation, a religious movement that took place in Western Europe in the 16 century, was very powerful both spiritually and politically. Back in the 16 century, there was only one church in which had become by that time extremely involved with political life. The church was recognized as a establishment that has been unceasingly harassed by internal power struggles that on one point it was ruled by 3 popes at the same time. Consequently, the political struggles and the church’s increasing power and wealth contributed to the collapse of the church. The abuses where mostly involved with money since the church was a very wealthy organization.
This period held religion high and whoever ruled the church ruled most things. This reality was due to the Catholic Church and the Pope; they had established themselves as a powerful force as they were supposedly a person’s only way to salvation. However, as this period came around, many began to see
The church promised eternal salvation to everyone who lived accordingly(Overfield). In the 1500s the Roman Catholic Church was very powerful in Western Europe. But other political forces including Italy, England France and more had increased in the previous century and many were anxious to take the opportunity offered by the Reformation to weaken the power of the papacy and increase their own power in relation to the Church in Rome and other rulers. There was also a great deal of corruption of the church thanks the the pope and his abandonment of the people. The corruption of the Church was well known, and several attempts had been made to reform the Church but none of these efforts successfully challenged Church practice until Martin Luther 's actions in the early 1500s.
One of the main figures in this religion is the Pope which is the leader of the Catholic Church which is located in Rome. The Pope has a great influence worldwide not only to Catholics but to everyone as he is a figure that people look up to. Many of the Catholics traditions and customs are similar to the ones of the Christians like going to church on the holy day of Sunday, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in other words Christmas, and most important holiday for Catholics Easter which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many Catholics and Christians refer the week prior to Easter as Holy week. With many of the similarities between Christians and Catholics what really makes them different?
A large aspect of the authority that made the Catholic Church such a prominent religious and political force during the early 16th century was called into question by Martin Luther. In his 95 Theses, Luther asserts that “those who preach indulgences are in error” (Luther, Thesis 21) and that the pope does not have “the power to remit any penalties beyond those imposed at his own discretion or by