Likes2Read wrote:Maybe that’s why the more austere sects stripped out all that ceremony. Maybe they wanted to disconnect from those roots. So their churches are spare and plain, compared to the cathedrals of old, and their ritual is far removed from the Catholic Liturgy.
Some early protestants actually did make accusations of "magic" against Catholics. You can read about it. I think this charge was most frequently aimed at the doctrine of transubstantiation and, therefore, the practice of elevating the Host at mass.
This isn't really relevant to the conversation (what is, at this point, though?) but if you dig back into Elizabeth I's life in her late teens and twenties while Mary was Queen, the way she cultivated and used a Protestant image as an "appropriately somber maiden" is super fascinating and initially started as a character rehabilitation exercise after a tawdry teenage scandal. Once she realized how well it worked on that front, she stayed with it as a political device for building and maintaining a faction to protect her. The most interesting aspect of that, to me, is that she spent that period in very plain (for the court) outfits--always white or black with little adornment--and that drove Mary bananas! Mary both felt it unseemly for a princess and detested the religious currents it signaled, so she was forever trying to press more extravagant clothing on her little sister. Of course, once she was queen, she could give free reign to her taste for dramatic and opulent costume (and, really, kind of had to by the nature of Renaissance concepts of majestas