Why the 16th Century Catholic Church was ready for reform

How would you describe the condition of the Catholic Church on the eve of the Protestant Reformation?
In the 16th century, the Catholic church was very lazy in following their rules and exercising authority.  One big event in a series of many changed all of this.  It was started by Martin Luther and it came to be known as the Protestant Reformation.  People were searching for something new because they did not like the corruption and inefficiencies of the church.  Due to hundreds of years of being a main religion it had fallen into disarray.   For example, Catholic bishops would take on the duty of looking after multiple villages and hamlets to spiritually help them.  For money.  Sometimes the bishops didn’t even visit their area because all they wanted was money and to be lazy.  Maybe they didn’t know how to spiritually help a village!
One way to get roasted (figuratively) in those days was to bring a bishop and university professor together and see who who was more knowledgeable in theological matters.  Usually the professor won.  I am surprised at this!  The bishops were very untrained and not taught in theology, but the Church seemingly found a warm body and told them to help the people however they could.  All without training!  No wonder they struggled.  This made the bishops pretty useless.
Not all followers, like normal church-goers or bishops were like this, whether they cared or were untrained, but there were enough of those kind of people, that the Church was in need of desperate reform.  Many people, like Martin Luther took the incentive and made other paths for people to meet their spiritual needs.  The Catholic Church was paying the price of not functioning at its best, and the people voted with their feet to switch their religion.
Quinn Palmer
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Author: quinndippery

I love history but didn't really care about it until I started the RonPaul curriculum! I am taking a History course in this program right now. My posts are about the Middle ages dating back to the Fall of the Western Roman Empire to the American Revolution! Come take a look at my site and I'll just come and visit yours!

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