Catholic Reformation Research Paper

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Counter-Reformation refers to the Catholic Church’s response to the Protestant movement of the sixteenth century. After many centuries people began questioning and challenging the Roman Catholic Church, such as, John Calvin and Martin Luther. By the middle of the 16th century, the Catholic Church was starting to realize that it is in need of reform and changing its image. They did this with the help of Jesuits, the council of Trent, spreading catholic ideas, reforming the church, and educating priests with new ideas. The Catholic Reformation worked towards lessening the spread of Protestantism. One of the ways was forbidding books. Pope IV expurgated some books in which ideas against the church was demonstrated. Those books were put on “The List of Forbidden Books”. Erasmus’ books were among many other books that criticized the church. They tried to limit the access to these books because these books highlighted new ways of salvation and faith and attacked some practices of the clergy. They also did it to prevent dissension. The Roman Catholic Church,…show more content…
Ignatius Loyola and his group of Jesuits (his followers) helped reform the Catholic Church along with its power. Ignatius Loyola and his followers went across Europe, trying to spread the catholic religion. They attempted to convert non- Catholics to Catholicism. The society of Jesuits faithfulness and dedication helped a part of the Catholic Reformation to succeed. They did this by influencing and spreading the catholic religion. With the help of Jesuits, the popes were able to bring back a bit of the popularity they once had. To stop the further spread of Protestantism the power of the Inquisition (in Spain and Rome) was strengthened. Some of the major goals or purposes of the inquisition was to uncover heretics like Protestants and to demonstrate and prove the power of the

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