The Catholic Church Essay

1589 Words Mar 4th, 2016 7 Pages
The Catholic Church has undergone many reforms which have shaped the way generations of people till today practice their faith. During the 16th century, the Catholic Church was greatly in need of reform due to Protestant heresies which contradicted many Roman Catholic doctrines. The Protestant revolt challenged the Church and Catholics knew they needed to take action. Pope Paul III understood he had to clearly reiterate the Catholic faith and practice, so he convened the Council of Trent. The Council met during different times between 1545 and 1563, and responded unyieldingly to the various issues of the reformation. The Council of Trent affirmed Catholic beliefs and rehabilitated heresies this included the existence of Purgatory, the Sacraments and initiated the new Missal.

The Council of Trent brought reform by affirming the existence of Purgatory. Protestants believed that a simple belief in Christ will lead people to a righteous life, and after the human dies the soul will either enter heaven or hell. This led to many Protestant churches omitting the existence of purgatory, denying that attending church reduces time in purgatory and additionally excluding it entirely from their teachings. The Council of Trent counteracted the Protestant reformation by affirming the doctrine of Purgatory, through the Tridentine Creed which states “I constantly hold that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful.” This excerpt…

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