Constantine on Calvin


Constantine:To say, “Calvin set the precedent of killing heretics in Geneva in 1553” is a complete fabrication. At least 6 years earlier (1547), Charles V, the Roman Catholic emperor had set up the Chambre ardente to adjudicate heretics – which meant non-Catholics – and thousands of Protestants were brutally murdered.  It was only by escaping the Catholics that he made his way to Geneva….

But far, far worse during this same time period was the massacre of more than 100,000 Protestants during the infamous St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre. A massacre applauded and officially celebrated by the pope. How despicable.

BFHU: I did not say that “Calvin set the precedent of killing heretics” , that was a quote from another source. But, I think what was meant was that Calvin set the Protestant precedent of killing heretics.

As for your accusations against the Church some may be true but some sound like anti-Catholic hate. If the pope celebrated St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre then he must have been an evil pope. No one has ever declared that Catholics are without sin. No one has ever declared that the Pope’s are without sin. So dredging up sin in the Catholic Church DOES NOT CONVINCE THAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS EVIL. It just states what is true of Catholics always and everywhere. They are all sinners even our Saints. Many are not examples of the teaching of Christ and His Church but examples of human weakness and failure. Our Saints are, however examples, of heroic virtue in Christian living. We still have many of saints and sinners today. Human failure DOES NOT NULLIFY the teachings of Christianity.

But guilt by association has been hurled at Jesus and His Church for 2000 years. However, it does not work.

Mark 2:15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The sinful woman washes Jesus’ feet with her tears.–>

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