[We command all] Ministers of the so called reformed religion, who do not choose to become converts and to embrace the catholic, apostolic, and roman religion, to leave our kingdom

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  • Which parts do you understand, and which parts do you not? – DJClayworth Jan 29 '15 at 1:58
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    The sentence can be found in this book on page 184. It helps to quote the whole sentence. – pazzo Jan 29 '15 at 2:04
  • As quoted, this is not z complete English sentence. – keshlam Jan 29 '15 at 2:07
  • On the face of it, with the missing words, it appears to be an edict issued by the Roman Catholic Church, directed at "Protestants". – Hot Licks Jan 29 '15 at 2:23
  • @HotLicks Confusingly, it appears to be Louis XIV, Revocation of the Edict of Nates. – andy256 Jan 29 '15 at 2:43

Ministers of the so called reformed religion

These are ministers (priests / pastors / religious leaders) of 'protestant' Christianity.

who do not choose to become converts

To 'convert' is to abandon one religion for another. A 'convert' is one who has completed the act of conversion.

embrace the catholic, apostolic, and roman religion

The new religion is that of the Roman-Catholic church. 'Apostolic' refers to the apostles.

to leave our kingdom

Those who refuse to change religions must leave the country.


To expand a bit on "so called reformed religion"

Nowadays, we would hyphenate "so-called". This is used as a disrespectful term, ridiculing the opponent by implying "You might call it that, but we don't!"

The writer might have used "so-called" to mean

1) so-called reformed [religion] In this sense, it implies that the writer thinks Protestant religion is not really "reformed".

2) so-called [reformed religion]

More likely it is meant in this sense; from a Catholic point of view (at least at that point in history, and to some degree even today), any "reformation of Catholicism" is impossible because it is not faithful to the "apostolic" traditon.

3) so-called [reformed] religion

in this third sense, the writer would be scoffing even more at all Protestant sects, referring to them as if they were not "religion" at all.

You can find much more about these viewpoints on the Christianity Stackexchange.

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