Concilii Tridentini eviscerator

Medieval guys often had cool Latin descriptions appended to their names, and the trend continued at least as far as the late 16th century-early 17th century historian Paolo Sarpi, whose work I recently discovered mentioned in a journal article, and of which then managed to track down significant excerpts. Sarpi got himself labelled the “Concilii Tridentini eviscerator” (”disemboweller of the Council of Trent”) because of his massive historical examination and withering critique of the recently-concluded Council of Trent.

I’ve only just started reading these excerpts, so it will be a bit before I can give any quotes or analysis. But one thing I’ve already seen that has whetted my appetite is the introduction to the excerpts, which summarizes Sarpi’s historical case against Trent as being fully in line with the basically conciliarist complaints against papalism that had already been in full swing for a century and a half prior to Sarpi’s time. That is, Sarpi apparently argued at great length, and with thorough command of the daily proceedings of the Council of Trent that although it had been called (as had previous Councils) for the purpose of healing the breaches in Christendom and reforming the Church, it actually managed to do little more than perpetuate them–and worse still, it unnecessarily (!) institutionalized (normativized) the horrendous schism between Roman Catholics and Protesting Catholics.

More to come as I get into Sarpi’s actual work.

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