Calvin on the Papacy

This was "an evidence of the Covenant — baptism which, consecrated by His lips, retains its power in spite of human depravity.   He provided by His Providence that there should be other remains too, to prevent the Church from utterly perishing….  He did not permit Antichrist either to subvert His Church from its foundation, or to level it with the ground.   Though, to punish the ingratitude of men who had despised His Word, He allowed a fearful shaking and dismembering to take place — He was pleased that amid the devastation, the edifice should remain, even though half in ruins.   Therefore, while we are unwilling simply to concede the name of ‘Church’ to the Papists, we do not deny that there are churches among them….