Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent

(1564)

Impact

The Canons and Decrees of the Sacred and Ecumenical Council of Trent were largely accepted and implemented in the Church, while the reform of the Church instituted by the council remained either a matter of controversy or a dead letter in many countries. Almost all Catholic monarchs and the Roman Catholic clerics of various countries accepted and approved the writings by the end of the century (France being an exception). Two years after the end of the last session and approval of the work of the council by Pius IV, a catechism based on the council was published in Rome: Catechismus ex decreto concilii Tridentini ad parochos, or “The Catechism from the Decrees of the Council of Trent for the Parish Priests.” The doctrines of the council were approved by all Catholic theological schools. As such they reinforced application of Roman Catholic doctrine and are still in force in the twenty-first century.

Reform of the church met many obstacles in the traditions and customs...

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