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You will love this fascinating and exceptionally well-taught course.

What really happened at the Council of Trent?

After Luther, Calvin, and Henry VIII, the Council of Trent is one of the most frequently invoked names regarding the Reformation. Even so, few know much about it. As renowned historian Fr. John O'Malley demonstrates, the reality of Trent differs radically from how you probably conceive of it. In this 12-lecture course, you will discover the council's wide-reaching cultural and religious influence over the centuries. This Council profoundly impacted the Catholic Church, and its decisions had repercussions throughout Europe.

You'll find this a great course whether you are interested in history, theology, or Catholic doctrine. The leading political figures were deeply involved, as were the five popes who reigned during the fateful 18 years over which it stretched. Lurching from one crisis to the next, they all had something at stake in the Council.

Despite these political maneuvers, the Council professedly concerned itself with religion, especially Catholic doctrine and reform. The dramatic debate surrounding reform resulted in decrees that have had a lasting impact on the Church.

The story of the Council continues long after its implementation: indeed, historians deem the 400 years following Trent the "Tridentine Era". As you will discover, the legacy of this landmark Council is vital to an understanding of the Church today.

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A Painfully Boring Whitewash of History

If you actually manage to get through this painfully boring lecture you will learn almost nothing of consequence, mostly just numerous trivial details. The author/narrator seems to only give a cursory wink and the true intention of the Council which was to answer the Reformation with a set of heretical creeds declaring that violation of any would result in the person(s) being anathematized. The author/narrator seems more inclined to mostly ignore the blasphemy that came out this antichrist council.

I suppose I should have known better since the author/narrator is a Catholic Priest but I figured I'd give him the benefit of the doubt in hoping for candor and sincerity. Those hopes fell flat. I suppose it would be like asking a Nazi if Hitler had won WWII what the war was about. Although Rome didn't win the "war" and thank God that people got away from their tyranny.
My advice, don't waste your time here, get a different book.

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