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 attention-grabbing exchanges of Roman Catholic/Protestant perspectives in the course of the Reformationand a good advent to the nice spiritual controversy of the 16th century. those statements are usually not in vacuo of a Roman Catholic and Protestant place. They have been drafted in the course of the non secular clash that used to be then dividing Europe. they usually mirror too the temperaments and private histories of the lads who wrote them. Sadoleto's letter has an irenic method, an emphasis at the cohesion and peace of the Church, hugely attribute of the Christian Humanism he represented. Calvin's answer is partly a private safeguard, an apologia professional vita sua, that documents his personal non secular adventure. And its taut, entire argument is attribute of the disciplined and logical brain of the writer of The Institutes of the Christian faith.
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The Latin text of both letters may be found in Ioannis Calvini opera quae supersunt omnia (Corpus Reformatorum. 59 vols. Brunswick, 1863-’goo), V, 369-416. Both letters were oIiginally published by Wendelin Rihel in Strasbourg in September, I 539. SadoIeto revised his letter €or publication by Sebastian Gryphius at Lyons in 1539. 21 This Page Intentionally Left Blank Sadoleto’s Letter to the Genevans SADOLETO, BISHOPOF CAFWENTRAS, CARDINAL PRIESTOF THE CHURCH JACOPO OF ST. C A L I X ~ S , TO HIS DEARLY BELOVED THE MAGISTRATES, COUNCIL, AND BRETHREN, CITIZENS OF GENEVA Very dear brethren in Christ, peace to you and with us, that is, with the Catholic Church, the mother of all, both us and you, love and concord from God, the Father Almighty, and from His only Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, together with the Holy Spirit, perfect Unity in Trinity; to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever.
Both tracts recall the themes he had advanced in his letter to the Genevans, but he now spoke in the name of reform and doctrinal clarification to his own colleagues within the Church, He remained in his see until early 1542 when the summons of Paul 111 once more brought him back to Rome. His attention now turned to the preparations €or the General Council scheduled to convene soon at Trent. J. C. 0. P. Imbart de la Tour, Calvin et Z’Institution chre’tienne (Vol. Paris, 1 9 3 5 ) ~pp. 52-53.
And here (so help you) you bear downfull sail upon those who, underpretense of the gospel, have by wicked arts urgedon the city to what you deplore as the subversion of religion and of the Church. I, however, Sadoleto, proFessto be one of those whom with so much enmity youassail and stigmatise. For though religion was already established, andthe form of theChurch corrected, before I was invited to Geneva, yet having not only approved by my suffrage, but studied as much as in me lay done by Viret and to preserve and confirm whathadbeen Farel, I cannot separate my case from theirs.
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,