corrupt church

anonymous asked:

Actually, there is no difference between Christian and Catholic. The Roman Catholic Church is a branch of Christianity: the original branch, to be exact. Then in the 1500's Protestantism and other branches came about since the church became corrupted. However they managed to reform it. Funny how this is coming from a person who's not religious at all, but I'm studying the Protestant Reformation rn so.

Ah! I can always count on one of you anon to give me that sweet information 👉😎👉

anonymous asked:

I don't mean to offend anyone, but doesn't founding his own church for the sake of political expediency sort of count against piety for Henry VIII? Regardless of the very legitimate corruption of the Catholic Church.

I would disagree with your premise, Anon. I don’t think Henry VIII “found[ed] his own church for the sake of political expediency”: Henry VIII was certainly in desperate search for a legitimate male heir and willing to take a dramatic step to do so, but that step should in no way suggest that Henry VIII did not have deep religious feeling throughout his life.

Certainly, I think that, to the end of his life, Henry VIII comported himself as a religious man, and specifically a Catholic religious man. From an early age he read the works of Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Church Fathers, and he was an expert at quoting scripture and theological works. He was said to attend three Masses a day when he was going hunting, and five or six on days when he was not; he would also regularly join the Queen for vespers in the evening in her closet. In 1521 he wrote the Defense of the Seven Sacraments, a treatise strongly refuting Martin Luther’s theses (it pleased the Pope so much that he gave the king the title Defensor Fidei, which English monarchs still enjoy). Moreover, in 1536, Henry took a severe injury while jousting, causing a suppurating leg wound that pained him to the end of his life. However, when suggested that he need not kneel to take Eucharist, Henry replied that “If I lay not only flat on the ground, yea, and put myself under the ground, yet in doing so I should not think that I have reverence sufficient unto His blessed Sacrament”; he also insisted on approaching the cross on his knees every Good Friday until 1546 (dying in January 1547). Henry likewise maintained his hatred of Lutheran heresies even past his becoming head of the Church of England. In 1546, he consented to and signed charges of heresy against his last wife, Katherine Parr, a woman of Protestant leanings who had often engaged the king in theological debates and exhorted him to “[purge] his Church of England clean from the dregs” left from the “monstrous idol of Rome” (though Katherine talked herself out of a horrific death on a conviction of heresy, insisting that she was only trying to distract the king from his infirmities). 

Moreover, to say that Henry VIII acted only for the “sake of political expediency” I think ignores the context of Henry’s actions. In 1521, Henry had quoted the critical lines from Leviticus which forbid a man from marrying his brother’s widow in his Defense of the Seven Sacraments, and he seemed doubtful enough of his marriage’s validity to stop sleeping with Katherine by 1524 (and claimed in 1527 that he had doubted for several years).  But had he been so eager to end it by political expediency, he would not have spent years trying to go through the proper Church channels to both get out of his marriage and remain a dutiful son of Rome. In 1527, Henry began proceedings to annul his marriage, specifically seeking out the Pope either to grant a dispensation himself or to send his papal legate to try the case in England (the latter of which Clement did). Both Henry and the legate, Cardinal Campeggio, encouraged Katherine to enter a convent - a neat way of making Henry a legal widower and fitting with Katherine’s demonstrative poverty. Henry himself appeared before the legatine court of 1529, again asserting that he had doubts to the validity of his marriage. After the legatine court refused to try to case further, Henry listened to clergyman Thomas Cranmer, who told him that doctors in universities, rather than the pope, should decide a matter of divine law as this was. Henry VIII was certainly not alone in having doubts about his marrying brother Arthur’s widow: Cambridge and Oxford both sided with the king, and of the sixteen continental universities canvassed, only four did not agree with Henry that Leviticus forbade his marriage. 

By 1531, when these decisions were announced, Henry VIII had come to the conclusion that good theological analysis supported his position, and it was at that point that he finally separated from Katherine and was recognized as Supreme Head of the Church of England, though even this step was not taken in one fell swoop. Archbishop Warham and Bishop Fisher engineered to make Henry’s new title “Supreme Head of the Church of England as far as the law of Christ allows”; the title suggested that Henry’s command was limited, temporal head of the Church in England while the pope remained its spiritual father. In mid-1532 Parliament passed Act in Conditional Restraint of Annates, limiting payments to Rome to 5% of the net revenue of any church. In the Submission of the Clergy in 1532 (later confirmed by parliamentary act in 1534), English clergy agreed not to make new laws without the consent of the king, to allow existing laws to be reviewed by a commission appointed by the king, and  to refrain from meeting without first obtaining royal permission. In 1533, Parliament banned all appeals to Rome, making Katherine’s suit on the validity of her marriage null and void in English legal eyes. Finally, in 1534 - after he had married Anne Boleyn and had the future Queen Elizabeth - Henry saw passed the first Act of Supremacy, solidifying his position as head of the English Church.

Separation of the Church of England from the Church of Rome was not something Henry VIII undertook lightly or quickly. Complicated as his sentiments often were, he was someone who took theological matters seriously, and was not eager to be excommunicated, even in his very real desperation for a legitimate male heir. This is not to say everything Henry did was good and pious, only that he was far more religiously minded than Aegon IV ever appears to have been.

- NFriel

As an agnostic, I think I spend more time defending the medieval Catholic Church now than I ever did while I was devout.


February 7th 1497: Bonfire of the Vanities

On this day in 1497 in Florence, thousands of objects including cosmetics, art, carnival masks, and books were burned in a so-called ‘bonfire of the vanities’. The bonfire was orchestrated by the supporters of Dominican priest Girolamo Savonarola, who spoke out against corruption in the Catholic Church and called for Christian renewal. The puritanical Savonarola became a prominent moral and political leader in Florence during the Medici exile, thundering against human wickedness and hedonism, which he framed in apocalyptic terms. Under his direction, street festivals and general frivolities were banned in Florence, and the famous bonfire destroyed objects seen as promoting the sin of vanity in the hope of cleansing the soul. Among Savanarola’s enemies was Pope Alexander VI, and in early 1498 he was arrested by Florentine authorities. The priest and his core supporters were tortured and condemned as heretics; Savanarola was executed on May 23rd 1498 in the Piazza della Signoria.

OOC: I’ve already headcanoned that Kamiizumi is demiromantic and demisexual, but I think he has a type of personality that he’s more attracted to. He’s attracted to the ‘bad boy’ type of people, the people that are rebels but are rebels of sorts for the right reasons (or, in his evil!verse, for nearly whatever reason to an extent). 

After all, he did help Braev defeat the corrupted ruling church back then.

And Kamiizumi considered Hayreddin Barbarossa, a Pirate, as his First Mate of the Black Blades, letting him act as leader during his absence in Chapter 5 of Bravely Default for the first part of the Black Blades’ boss fight vs. the main party.

And given how I default-ship him with Geist the Bloody of all people, the man who up and left the Orthodoxy after the Great Plague Incident and all…well…you get the idea. XD


Warrior Culture : Priest

Elite Warriors of the Church, the Priests were an order of Sacred Warriors that specialized in Vampire hunting. The Priest order recruits both males and females into their ranks, and mark them with a distinctive Cross Tattoo on their face. Priests are deeply spiritual and believe that their gifts are granted to them by God, they use this piety and focus, along with various weaponized holy symbols, to defeat their faster, stronger Vampire opponents.

Humanity eventually won the war against the Vampires largely due to Priest involvement, but the war devastated the surface and allowed for the now corrupted Church to establish a theocracy. Utilizing religious dogma the Church kept the populace in line using slogans like “faith, work, security,” and “to go against the church is to go against God,” forever reminding the world of their indebtedness to the Church for their salvation. With the war now over the Church had no real need for the near super-soldier vampire hunter’s services and disbanded the order; separating them to prevent them from becoming agitators against the church.

The Priests were further degraded inspite their War Hero Status, by being stripped of all church authority and relegated to generally menial tasks.








but along the way they meet a lot of fakos

those corrupt priests and churches and junk

Money, rape, murder, conspiracies; that sorta thing

and it turns out the pure one isn’t even apart of the church

it’s just some innocent person who has a really weird sunny disposition


no one is 100% bad to them

even the corrupt holymen

i haven’t exactly figured out what’s wrong with the world to make it doomed

Beforusstuck gamkar tho

Imagine beforus Gamzee being raised with other purplebloods in the mimastery and growing up in a tranquil religious place with his fellow bros/sisters and having some friends and being happy (except when he has nightmarish premonitions about the corruption of the church by an alien monster) but otherwise he has friends and isn’t lonely and plays games with them in the courtyard and Karkat expecting Gamzee to be serious and regal when he’s given to the future High Rapso to be culled but instead Gamzee is just this lanky goofball of friendliness who thinks Karkat is the cutest fucking troll he’s ever laid eyes on and him encouraging Karkat to play with him and his friends and the other hivetrolls and Karkat getting into it and all competitive and then later them snuggling in Gamzee’s block at night sharing their plate of dinner they took from the dining hall before sneaking off to flirt and eat alone together and when Gamzee has nightmares Karkat craddles his head against his chest and shooshes him and rocks him back to sleep

Beforusstuck gamkar guys

I don’t care if I offend anyone with my atheism, but this makes a pretty good point, even though the list could be much, much longer.