Catholicism in the 16th Century

The Rules by the Code

The Beginning

During the age of discovery the Roman Catholic Church established a number of missions in the Americas and other colonies in order to spread Chratholicism in the New World and to convert the indigenous peoples.


The great religious revolt of the sixteenth century which was to divide Western Christendom as it had never been divided before, was in part a moral revolt, in part an intellectual revolt, and in part a political revolt: nor can it be rightly understood unless these three aspects are kept in mind. A world-revolution was inevitable in any case even though Luther and Calvin had kept within the bounds of Catholic orthodoxy and Henry VIII had not been led astray by his amours