I’d suppose that most folks don’t know too much about the Council of Trent (1545-1563), but they should – we should all be more familiar with it. Why? It was the Council at which the modern Roman Catholic church was defined. Trent was convened at least partially in response to the Reformation, which it stringently opposed. Also, it was the last Ecumenical Council of the RCC until the First Vatican Council of 1869-70. It was a biggie. Check out Wikipedia, or New Advent (a RCC site) for information. See John Calvin’s famous response for an early Protestant reaction.
Anyhoo, I was reading a bit in the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent this morning (a little light reading) and I thought I’d post the following Canon from the Sixth Session of the Council:
CANON XII.-If any one saith, that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy which remits sins for Christ’s sake; or, that this confidence alone is that whereby we are justified; let him be anathema.
So, a person is damned of God for articulating that if a sinner casts himself, by faith alone, on God’s mercy in Christ, that God will forgive his sins for Christ’s sake. Am I reading that correctly? What do you think about that?