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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 answered 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 in the course of the Reformationand a superb creation to the nice 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 non secular clash that was once then dividing Europe. they usually 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 protection, an apologia seasoned vita sua, that documents his personal non secular event. And its taut, accomplished argument is attribute of the disciplined and logical brain of the writer of The Institutes of the Christian faith.
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Although your letter has many windings, its whole purport substantially is to recover the Genevese to the power of the Roman Pontiff, or to what youcall the faith and obedience of theChurch. But as,from thenature of the case, their feelings required to be softened, you preface with a Iong oration concerning the incomparable value of eternal life. But you nextcontendthat separation from your fellowship is manifest revolt from the Church, and then that the gospel which the Genevese received from us is nothing but a large farrago of impious dogmas.
Let us see what the Lord Himself says in John, when interceding with His Father for the disciples: “Holy Father, keep in thy name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one as we are: I ask not for them only, but €or those also whoare to believe in me through their word; that they all may be one; 40 SADOLETO’S LETTER TO THE GENEVANS as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they too may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. ’’ You see, dearest brethren, and in the clear light of the gospel discern what it really is tobe a Christian, since our faith toward God, and all the glory of God, both His with us, and ours with Him, consists solely in this unity; since this is the only thing which Christ requires and asks of the Father concerning us-considering that His labors, His toils, His fraiI human body assumed for us, His cross and His death will produce fruit, both to the glory of: God (His first desire), and to our salvation (for which H e was about to die), if we shall be one among ourselves, and one in Him.
Their agreement with Bern was not approved by the Genevan councils, but the scandal of their concessions aroused the city and gave the Cuillermins broader support as well as new cause for their attack on the government. Tension between the government party, now dubbed the Articulants (after the articles of the controversial agreementwith Bern), and the Guillermins reached fever pitch in the spring of I 540. The arrest and execution of Jean Philippe, leader of the Articulants, following a riot in June, signalized the fall of the anti-Calvin party.