By John C. Olin, John Calvin, Visit Amazon's Jacopo Sadoleto Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Jacopo Sadoleto,
In 1539, Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto, Bishop of Carpentras, addressed a letter to the magistrates and voters of Geneva, asking them to come to the Roman Catholic religion. John Calvin answered to Sadoleto, protecting the adoption of the Protestant reforms. Sadoleto's letter and Calvin's answer represent some of the most attention-grabbing exchanges of Roman Catholic/Protestant perspectives throughout the Reformationand an exceptional creation to the nice non secular controversy of the 16th century. those statements are usually not in vacuo of a Roman Catholic and Protestant place. They have been drafted in the course of the spiritual clash that was once then dividing Europe. they usually replicate too the temperaments and private histories of the lads who wrote them. Sadoleto's letter has an irenic technique, an emphasis at the cohesion and peace of the Church, hugely attribute of the Christian Humanism he represented. Calvin's answer is partly a private security, an apologia professional vita sua, that documents his personal spiritual adventure. And its taut, accomplished argument is attribute of the disciplined and logical brain of the writer of The Institutes of the Christian faith.
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For, to define it briefly, the Catholic Church is that which in a11 parts, as well as at the present time in every region of the world, united and consenting in Christ, has been always and everywhere directed by the one Spirit of Christ; in which Church no dissension can exist; €or all its parts are connectedwitheach other, and breathe together. But should any dissension and strife arise, the great body of the Church indeed remains the same, but an abscess is formed by which some corrupted Aesh, being torn off , is separated fromthe spirit whichanimates the body, and no longer belongs in substance to the body ecclesiastic.
Both willsay that they were. Whether they properly believedin Christ? Both will, in like manner, answer yea. But when they will be examined as to what they believed, and how they believed (for this investigation, respecting right faith, precedes that concerninglife and character), when a confession of right 36 SADOLETO’S LETTER TO THE GENEVANS faith will be exacted of them, he who was educated in the lap and discipline of the Catholic Church will say: “Having been instructed by my parents, who had learned it from their fathers andforehthers,that I should,in all things, be obedient to the Catholic Church, and revere and observe its laws, admonitions, and decrees, as if Thou, thyself, 0 Lord, hadst made them, and perceiving that almost all who bore the Christian name and title in our days, and before it, and followed Thy standards far and wide over the world, were and had been of the same opinion, all of them acknowledging and venerating this very Church, as the mother of their faith, and regarding i t as a kind of sacrilege to depart from her precepts and constitution, I studied to approve myself to Thee by the same faith which the Catholic Church keeps and inculcates.
Brunswick, 1863-’goo), V, 369-416. Both letters were oIiginally published by Wendelin Rihel in Strasbourg in September, I 539. SadoIeto revised his letter €or publication by Sebastian Gryphius at Lyons in 1539. 21 This Page Intentionally Left Blank Sadoleto’s Letter to the Genevans SADOLETO, BISHOPOF CAFWENTRAS, CARDINAL PRIESTOF THE CHURCH JACOPO OF ST. C A L I X ~ S , TO HIS DEARLY BELOVED THE MAGISTRATES, COUNCIL, AND BRETHREN, CITIZENS OF GENEVA Very dear brethren in Christ, peace to you and with us, that is, with the Catholic Church, the mother of all, both us and you, love and concord from God, the Father Almighty, and from His only Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, together with the Holy Spirit, perfect Unity in Trinity; to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever.
A Reformation Debate: Sadoleto's Letter to the Genevans and Calvin's Reply by John C. Olin, John Calvin, Visit Amazon's Jacopo Sadoleto Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Jacopo Sadoleto,