In de-emphasizing the role of the Church, it’s rituals, and offices, and supplanting them with a more direct and personal approach to God and spirituality; the Protestant Reformation, through the works of Martin...
Jeanne de Jussie, a dedicated Catholic nun, recorded events that took place in Geneva during the Reformation as the official chronicler for the Saint Clare convent. Although littered with biases, Jeanne de Jussie’s experiences reflect broader trends during the Reformation; therefore, The Short Chronicle is a valid source and not merely a personal attack against the Protestants. Her experiences and beliefs, including those concerning celibacy, reflected those of many members of the Catholic Church during the Reformation. Also, her categorization of Protestants as ‘heretics’ was consistent with the practices of the Catholic Church. Although biased, her fears about Protestant views on celibacy and marriage were legitimate and consistent with
Chapter one, ‘Beginnings at Assisi,’ offers a vivid description of the social, political, economic, cultural, demographic description of Assisi and its inhabitants. Here, the author describes the life of Francis and the situations and circumstances prompting his journey to spread the ideal gospel life to the world. This chapter is relevant in determining the circumstances that instigated a need for reforms in the Catholic Church. This chapter is applicable in my life because it offers insight on the fundamental Christian I can rely on in my daily life.
to reform a church tradition in America we must begin to discuss this and discuss it fervently to attempt to mend centuries of weeping wounds causing segregation and oppression of fellow Christians.
Although few in number, religious similarities between Europe and the United States do exist. Significantly, in both cases, there is a influential effect of pluralism (Berger 13). Now that there are more denominations, people have a variety of religious traditions available to them. Even if practicing Catholics still want to be Catholics, it is a decision they make. What was once an obligatory relationship is now a voluntary relationship to the churches. Moreover, lay people have become increasingly important due to the current religious “market” and religious “consumers.” Grace Davie discussed the position called “belie...
In the New Testament we should be struck by the utter ease that defined life in the first churches. We are given a wide image of church existence, but many particulars - which are annoying for us - are left unaffected by the New Testament. As time elapsed, the observable church lost its first simplicity and became enmeshed in a quagmire of ecclesiastical machines and theological speculation.
Many Christians exemplify a false picture about spiritual leaders. Preachers are human. They have feelings and hurt as others. They struggle with fleshy issues too. Many have confrontations that cause the church members to split, and families as well as leaders hold grudges and become angry among one another. However, Ephesians 4:26 tells us as believers, "In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold." Settle your dispute before the day ends because tomorrow not promised to no man.
Christian need to believe that there is real power given to the Church and not to the individual persons. Ulrich Stadler .wrote about the union of the “gmainshaft” in the body of the Church:
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rarely publishes a document. However, two modern mindsets make the true salvation offered by the Catholic Church “difficult to understand” and necessitate a critique. A new letter aims to counter these mindsets and deepen our grasp of salvation.