THE ATMOSPHERE FOR A REFORMATION - Part I
the Catholic Church nurtured the seed of her destruction within her
reformation took place because of several factors that were fertile
ground for it. Maybe if one or two factors were lacking, the
Reformation would never have taken place. But, it seems, everything
was in place: Christendom was doomed to be divided: one part,
Catholic; the other, Protestant.
same factor exists today. And all the other factors are also in
place. For all you know, a Reformation has taken place without
ourselves knowing it. After all, when the Reformation took
place in the 1500, how many among the common man were really
conscious of it.
is a pity that, in spite of voluminous information about that age,
few among the Catholics and the Protestants know what really
happened. In fact, even the Catholics and Protestants at that time
were ignorant of what was happening. Because of this, some
Catholics, like the powerful Cardinal Richelieu, were, in fact,
protecting, defending and propagating Protestantism, while most
Protestants did not realize it but they were going far away from the
teachings of Martin Luther.
is meaningful, only if we can learn from the mistakes of the past.
If not, it is futile to think of the past: we might just as well
think of the present and the future. And the history of the
Reformation is a study on how Catholics committed blunders left and
right and how the Protestants effectively deceived themselves into
believing that they were reforming the Church when Martin Luther,
himself, thought it was all a big mistake. What happened was not a
Reformation: it was the destruction and dismemberment of Catholic
problem in analyzing the history of the Reformation is that it is
surrounded by historical, political, social and financial factors. .
.but, most of all, by a spiritual factor. . .which both Catholic and
Protestant historians fail to consider. Without this spiritual
factor, the events of that era are completely impossible to
understand, making it easy for the devious to toss blame at whoever
the very beginning, let me point out, the dynamics of what happened
during the Reformation is so simple, i.e. what happened from the
ascetical point of view is so simple, the simplest of minds could
easily understand the happenings and the simple-minded could have
easily prevented it. But there were few simple-minded men at that
time. All were complex-minded, just as we are today. There were too
many things in their minds. If they merely thought of God's will,
everything could have been solved so easily. But they were like us
today--we never judge things from purely God's point of view. We
judge things from many considerations, most of which have nothing to
do with God.
first and main factor that prompted the Reformation is spiritual: as
from earliest time, but more so at the coming of Christ, the Evil
One who had always attacked Christ again attacked Christ's true
religion. And his singular trademark, as we know from Scriptures, is
HATRED. . .hatred of things Catholic. And every Protestant sect
today, with rare exemptions, nurses this hatred for things Catholic.
Immediately obvious to us is their hatred of Catholic doctrine on
the veneration of images and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
They can hate their own images; but why do they have to hate our
images. For some reason, they can hate their wives; but I do not see
why they have to hate other people's wives, too. Their hatred
is evidently devilish.
devil hates the Catholic Church: his existence is vowed to attacking
the Church. . .he is just waiting for willing instruments. And
the Catholic Church has inadvertently provided the instrument . .
.by her neglect. She neglected her primary role of instructing and
leading her faithful to sanctity being immersed in the wealth,
luxury and worldliness that have swarmed her.