Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

11 December 1475 A.D. Giovanni de’ Medici—Later Leo X; Church Split on His Watch

11 December 1475 A.D.  Giovanni de’ Medici—Later Leo X;  Church Split on His Watch

Giovanni de' Medici (1475 to 1521)

Roman Church

The Church Spilt on His Watch.

Giovanni de' Medici, the man who became Leo X, was born. His father had him made cardinal at the youthful age of thirteen. His life was eventful, including time spent as a prisoner of war. As pope, he was known as a patron of art and science. It was to repair St. Peter's Cathedral that he had an indulgence preached. When Luther opposed this, the Reformation was born. Leo has been described as more a prince than a pope. His secular tastes and inability to see the need of reform proved costly to church unity.

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