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Conclusion: The Shadow Of The Schism

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The Great Schism cast a long shadow. Martin V (141731) reigned with an eye on the dwindling number of Benedict XIIIs supporters. He also followed a program of restoring papal power while respecting for the most part the decrees of the Council of Constance. Eugenius IV (143147), although opposed to any reforms imposed on the Roman curia, was quick to seize on ecclesiastical unity as a cause he could promote legitimately. The Schism also entered into the polemics inspired by the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther turned the language of schism back on his opponents by saying that they, not the Bohemiams or the Greeks, were the true schismatics. Major scholars of Church history and especially of the general councils, including Emmanuel Schelstate and Giovan Domenico Mansi, adhered to Torquemadas line of argument. They refused to choose between the obedience of the Schism.

Keywords: Church; Council of Constance; Great Schism



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