What were the achievements of the Council of Trent?
- mjlocadLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Ecumenical Council of Trent (1545-563) did for the Roman Catholic Church what Protestantism was unable to do - the bringing about of a real reformation within the Church. The state of the Church at the turn of the 16th century really marked a very low point in its entire history and calls for reform within the church had been sounded decades before Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the doors of the catle church of Wittenberg. The success of Protestantism and the danger it posed on the future of the Catholic church overcame previous resistance to the call to reform and finally it took place in 1545.
The reforms brought about by the council (Tridentine Reforms) encompassed not just a review of the basic doctrines and dogmas of the church, it also strengthened its infrastructure by imposing diciplines in various aspects of lay and clerical life, as well. It demanded more rigorous priestly training, imposed measures to curb abuses in monastic life and defined Catholic expression that would endure for the next four hundred years. Over and above these reforms the church took on the principle of uniformitarianism - oneness in form and expression intended to insulate the church against the religious battles ahead. Chief victims of this new principle were the Jesuit themselves who at that time believed in inculturation as a means to proselytization. In China, most especially, the Jesuits have been known to have taken to wearing the Chinese native attire( to make the Jesuit missionaries more appealing to would-be Chinese converts. The council of Trent put an end to this Jesuit practice; it would only be after the Second Vatican Council that indigenization in liturgy would be taken up again.
As a result of the Great Conciliar Reforms at Trent, the Catholic Church experienced a total overhaul of its bureaucracy and streamlined its operation until the 20th century; having regained its moral uprightness, the church succeeded in retaking formerly Catholic areas in Europe. It brought about about renewed loyalty in its integrity among its various subjects.
The Council of Trent can thus be considered as the real Reformation during the 16th century. Scholars that the term Reformation could not be given to protestantism since it broke away from from mainstream Christianity. For it to be called reform changes must be made inside the system, not outside of it.
- Anonymous5 years ago
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