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In 1539, Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto, Bishop of Carpentras, addressed a letter to the magistrates and voters of Geneva, asking them to come back to the Roman Catholic religion. John Calvin responded to Sadoleto, protecting the adoption of the Protestant reforms. Sadoleto's letter and Calvin's answer represent the most fascinating exchanges of Roman Catholic/Protestant perspectives throughout the Reformationand a good creation to the good non secular controversy of the 16th century. those statements will not be in vacuo of a Roman Catholic and Protestant place. They have been drafted in the middle of the spiritual clash that used to be then dividing Europe. and so they replicate too the temperaments and private histories of the boys who wrote them. Sadoleto's letter has an irenic strategy, an emphasis at the harmony 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 files his personal non secular event. 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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No man, I believe, will denyme this much, that in a matter dubiousand uncertain (one, especially, wherethe whole oE life and salvation is concerned), we ought rather to adopt and folIow the counsel which reasongives thanthat which fortuitous rashness casts in our way. Let us see then in which party, and in which sect, there is the greatest danger of removing farther from God, and moving nearer to endless destruction. This point I will treat and expound, as if X saw you stilldeliberating and not yet certain whosewishes you ought in preference to follow, or in whose counsels confide.
But should the honor of the Cardinalship, which was bestowed upon me unexpectedly, and without my knowledge, oblige me to return to Rome (as it certainly will), that I may there serve in the vocation with which God has called me, it will not withdraw my thoughts and my love from a people who willalways remain seated in my inmost heart. Being then atCarpentras,and daily hearingmany things oE you which excited partly my grief, and partly, too, some hope, leading me not to despond, that you and I, who 23 A REFORMATION DEBATE were formerly in true religion of one mind toward God,might, by the same God looking more benignly upon us, return to the same cordial agreement, it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to me (€or so Scripture speaketh, and assuredly whatsoever things are done with an upright and pious mind toward God are all of the Holy Spirit), it seemed good to me, I say, to write somewhat to you, and declare toyou by letter the care and solicitude of mind which I feel for you.
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.