The Catholic Reformation And The Protestant Reformation Essay

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During the Protestant Reformation the Catholic religions was question. Martin Luther created agitation through his “95 Theses” and prompted a new religion, Protestantism. Two major effects that the Protestant Reformation had on the Catholic Church were changing the roles of the Pope, it divided the Christians which is also known as the “Great Schism”. To begin, the Roman Catholic Church was very powerful institution and it was involved in the lives of individuals from birth to death. It maintained its power because the Christians believed that it was the key to salvation. It taught practices that an individual could only go to heaven if they performed good works (good works that the Pope believed were good) and received the holy sacraments. There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Reconciliation, Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Orders. For example, if an individual’s mom were to get sick and be close to death. The pope will bless the mother through “Anointing of the Sick”. On her death bed, the mother would receive the Eucharist for a finale time. However, some individuals also believe in purgatory which is neither Heaven nor Hell, it occurs when an individual in not fully purified or whipped away of the sins committed on Earth. It is a place of temporary punishment in which after going through this time, the soul will be cleansed. It was believed that a Pope could grant forgiveness of sins and individuals time in purgatory could be…

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