Why the decisions of the Council of Trent did not overcome the schism of the church.

The Council of Trent (1545) lasted 18 years intermittently. It ended with the victory of the reactionary part of the clergy (preserving the supremacy of the pope’s power over the council, the exclusive right of the church to interpret Holy Scripture, strengthening the Inquisition). Reform advocates secured a ban on the sale of indulgences and the opening of seminaries for Catholic priests. The council did not change the attitude towards prostantantism, therefore it could not overcome the schism in the church.

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