The general characteristics of this movement from the following standpoints:
•Causes of the Reformation
•Original ideas and purposes of the Reformers
•Methods of spreading the Reformation
•Spread of the Reformation in the various countries
•Different forms of the Reformation
•Results and consequences of the Reformation.
The subject will be considered under the following heads:
I. Significance of the term
II. Low ebb of Catholic fortunes
III. St. Ignatius and the Jesuits, pioneers of the new movement
IV. The Council of Trent
V. Three great reforming popes
VI. The missions
VII. Progress in European States
VIII. Ecclesiastical literature
IX. Close of the period and retrospect.
Some 500 years ago, Martin Luther and St. Ignatius of Loyola were caught in the same struggle between faith and works that has been raging since the beginning of time. Loyola attempted to stymie Luther's Reformation, which was reminding the people of the truth and grace found in God's Word.
Ignatius Loyola & Catholic Reform
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Introduction to the Reformation and the Response of the Catholic Church