Comments on Foxe's Book of Martyrs

I apologize for what we Protrestants did in Jesus Name

I admit when I first read Foxe's Book of Martyrs I was enraged at the institution (RCC) that killed so many people following the Gospel against an institution (RCC) that appeared (at that time) so reprobate. We all need to take ownership for the things we do. Knowing the view of restitution held by those in the Roman Catholic Church (RCC), it has been tough watching and listening but never hearing any ownership for the hundreds killed and murdered by that system even though it was in the past. Over time, remembering the history of an Inquisition and such, it has been difficult to give the people of today's Roman Catholic Church a chance to show that their church today is far from the one of Medieval times. That is, especially when so many are still being abused by it.

Yet history bears out that Protestants slaughtered Catholics in the early days of the Reformation, and in Ireland we all acted shameful. For that I apologize on behalf of all Christians - may God forgive such an attitude except in defence of liberty at risk. I can find little information about martys of the Catholic faith at the hends of Protestants, but I know it happened. Such behavior was and is wrong. Yet there did not seem to be the widesprad overall attitude that Protestants had the right to kill Catholics which the Medieval Roman Catholic Church held.

The Roman Catholic Christians here at CCEL have demonstrated a totally different attitude. An attitide that expects to be heard based on allegiance to Jesus Christ and the Word of God. I dare say the Medieval and contenporaty RCC are not the same church.

I'm just trying to put an historical perspective to it. We arent the same people as then: I hope.

Love in Christ,

Study Group Leader, Book of Romans
Associate Moderator

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