Calvin on the Papacy

Yet the Papacy was still the most powerful agency in deforming Christ’s Church — also in Calvin’s day.   Indeed, even today, the Popes and the Papists who support them most carefully need to be distinguished not only from the true Protestant Christians they oppose — but also from the (often pious) Roman Catholics who are their dupes.  

Rev. Prof. Dr. John Calvin on the characteristics of Papists and the Papacy 

The genius of Geneva, in his Institutes of the Christian Religion,1 wrote also about the time of the early Christian centuries prior to the papacy of A.D. 600f.   Explains Calvin: “As in ancient times, there remained among the Jews certain special privileges of a Church — so in the present day [A.D. 1536f] we deny not to the Papists those vestiges of a Church which the Lord has allowed to remain among them….    Thus, He had deposited His [Christian Church] Covenant in Gaul, Italy, Germany, Spain and England.”   Even after the 7th century, “when these countries were oppressed by the tyranny of Antichrist,  He [God] — in order that His Covenant might remain inviolable — first preserved baptism there," even in the mediaeval Roman Catholic Church.