Issue 122: Catholic reformation

The fourth and final issue of our Reformation series will feature the story of Catholic reform in the sixteenth century. Renewal spread through the Catholic church through new religious orders--foremost the Jesuits--and through individuals and groups who sympathized with "evangelical" ideas while remaining under papal authority. The Council of Trent, the official response to the Protestant critique, would set a course for Catholicism for the next 500 years. The issue will also include closing thoughts on the long-term effects of the Reformation and the prospects for ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Protestants today.