Counter-reformation



[koun-ter-ref-er-mey-shuh n] /ˈkaʊn tərˌrɛf ərˈmeɪ ʃən/

noun
1.
a reformation opposed to or counteracting a previous reformation.
noun
1.
the movement within the Roman Catholic Church that followed the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.
/ˌkaʊntəˌrɛfəˈmeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the reform movement of the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th and early 17th centuries considered as a reaction to the Protestant Reformation

1840, from counter- + Reformation.

The reaction of the Roman Catholic Church to the Reformation. The chief aims of the Counter Reformation were to increase faith among church members, get rid of some of the abuses to which the leaders of the Reformation objected, and affirm some of the principles rejected by the Protestant churches, such as veneration of the saints and acceptance of the authority of the pope. Many Jesuits were leaders of the Counter Reformation.

The reaction of the Roman Catholic Church to the Reformation. The chief aims of the Counter Reformation were to increase faith among church members, end many of the abuses to which the leaders of the Reformation objected, and affirm some of the principles rejected by the Protestant churches, such as veneration of the saints and acceptance of the authority of the pope. Many Jesuits were leaders of the Counter Reformation.

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