Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Maria!!
In 1414, Anti-Pope John XXIII – yes, there have actually been anti-popes – called a council at Constance in southwest Germany. One of its goals was to destroy the influence of Wycliffe and Huss towards reform. Huss was summoned to appear there, and under Emperor Sigismund’s promise of safe-conduct he went in good faith. There, he was imprisoned, condemned, and handed over to the secular authorities, who executed him at the stake on July 6, 1415.
He did have a chance to speak, though he was derided and shouted down. His sharp public rebukes of the Catholic clergy must have been unforgivable. He defended his faith and refused to recant of those things which had been falsely attributed to him. From all I can gather, he still believed that the Church of Rome could be reformed. However he also believed that the Scriptures are our final authority, and he had trusted in Jesus Christ as His sole Mediator.
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