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Catholic and Protestant Reformation comparitive

The Catholic Reformation and the Protestant Reformation, though seemingly different in theory, are in actuality similar. Both Reformations were led by influential leaders such as Martin Luther for the Protestant angle and Ignatius Loyola and Pope Paul III from the Catholic prospective. Moreover both causes spoke with the same underlying meaning. One problem focused on by both was to fix the institution or to face the clerical immorality. Another focus was the lack of education of the clergy and another, the absenteeism and pluralism. So even though Catholicism and Protestantism were different in beliefs and teachings, their reforms were both to change the same basic cores of the Church that had been lost. Martin Luther, who led the Protestant Reformation, wasn’t really anybody until he spoke up against the immoral teachings of the church directly with his ninety-five thesis. Like other dissenters, he was curious about the inability of the church to support their doctrines. But what had actually set him in motion after being aggravated with diminutive misdeeds of the Church was the sale of indulgences. This led him into writing down his judgments which were called the ninety-five thesis. By posting the ninety-five thesis on the door of a church he bluntly stated his mind. With the printing press now in service his ideas were passed throughout the country. Then with support from princes and peasants his provocations grew into a new faith, that seemingly challenged the Church. Through his faith, Martin Luther directly challenged the idea of papal authority by altogether abolishing it in his own. He also personalized the faith by rewriting the bible into the vernacular. Ironically, though Martin Luther’s main supporters were peasants, he did not support them in their revolt. He was a smart man who never risked his support from the monarch authority, which is why he was not punished by death like so many dissenters befor...

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