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 electorate of Geneva, asking them to come back to the Roman Catholic religion. John Calvin spoke back to Sadoleto, protecting the adoption of the Protestant reforms. Sadoleto's letter and Calvin's answer represent essentially the most fascinating exchanges of Roman Catholic/Protestant perspectives through the Reformationand a great advent to the nice spiritual controversy of the 16th century. those statements should 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. and so they replicate too the temperaments and private histories of the lads who wrote them. Sadoleto's letter has an irenic procedure, an emphasis at the solidarity and peace of the Church, hugely attribute of the Christian Humanism he represented. Calvin's answer is partially a private safeguard, an apologia professional vita sua, that documents his personal non secular adventure. And its taut, complete argument is attribute of the disciplined and logical brain of the writer of The Institutes of the Christian faith.
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How did we not consider that it was just so much lost to ourselves? In regard to ecclesiastical revenues, they are still in agreatmeasure swallowed up by these whirlpools. But if there was a hope that they will one day be deprived of them (as at length they certainly must), why did we not devise a way by which they might come to us? But when with clear voice we denounced as a thief any bishop who, out of ecclesiastical revenues, appropriated more to his own use than wasnecessaryfor a frugaland sober subsistence; when we protested thatthe Church wasexposed to a deadly poison, so long aspastors were loaded with an affluence under which they themselves might ultimately sink; when we declared it inexpedient that these revenues should fall into their possession; finally, when we counselled that as much should be distributed to ministers as might suffice for a frugality befitting their order, not superabound for luxury,andthatthe rest should be dispensed according to the practice of theancientChurch;whenwe showed that men of weightought to be elected to manage these revenues, underan obligation to accountannually to the Churchandthe magistracy, was this to entrapany of these for ourselves, or was it not rather voluntarily to shake ourselves free of them?
Can anyone who acknowledges and confesses Christ, and into whose heart and mind theHolySpirithath shone, fail to perceive that such rending, such tearing of the holy Church, is the proper work of Satan, and not of God? What does God demand of us? What does Christ enjoin? That we be all one in Him. Why was given us from heaven that singular and pre-eminent gift of love, a gift divinely implanted in the Christian race only, and not in other nations? Was it not that we might all confess the Lord with one heart and mouth?
For when an evil, if it befalls us, is the worst of all eviIs, the danger of that evil ought to be dreaded by us as the most fearful of all dangers. T h e greater the extent of the evil, the greater must be our fear when exposed to it. And as those who fear and shudder at being precipitated into the sea do not even venture to approach any steep rock hanging over the sea, SO those who tremble at the dreadful condemnatory sentence of God flee above all things from the dangerwhich comes nearest and closest to that eternal misery.
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,