Has the Roman Catholic Church Changed Since the 16th Century?

from Oct 02, 2018 Category: Ligonier Resources

The Roman Catholic Church has changed since the 16th century. But has it gotten better or worse? In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul explains that the need for reformation is far from over.

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The Roman Catholic Church has changed since the 16th century. There’s no question about it. And the differences that we had in the 16th century have changed. They’re far greater now than they were in the 16th century. All the Mariological decrees have come since the Reformation. The de fide proclamation of the infallibility of the Pope came since the Protestant Reformation. Things are not getting better; they’re worse. And in the recent Roman Catholic Catechism of the decade of the 90s, all of the essential issues of the 16th-century debate were reaffirmed in that catechism including the treasury of merit, purgatory, indulgences, justification through the sacraments. So when people say that the Reformation is over, they just don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s that simple. They don’t know Roman Catholic theology.