So, I’m diving into some reading about the formation and refinement of the Catholic Church and just read about the Council of Trent.
I was really surprised at how long it took for it to be officially called. It seemed as though there was always some reason for it to be delayed - Italian politics, Clement VII fear of being deposed due to his illegitimate birth and smear of simony during his election, the French fearing the end of the Protestant Reformation and thus a unified Germany, Charles V attack on Rome…it just goes ON!
It makes me wonder what would have happened if the Council was promptly called and the heresies of the PR, as well as theological within the Church, were addressed right away.
What do you think would have happened? Do you think the Church would look different today?