How did Catholic Church change during the Middle Ages?like how did corruption le ...

How did Catholic Church change during the Middle Ages?like how did corruption lead to middle ages.

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The Catholic Church was the biggest land owner in the Medieval times, and levied different taxes on all social stratas, thus being the richest organization of the Middle Ages. Not even kings could oppose the Church directly; using the thesis "All authority comes from God" (as well as other methods) the Catholic Church managed to both keep control over the European thrones, and to maintain social stability - believing that political power comes from God, people were less likely to riot against their rulers. Although there were many members of the Church who sincerely devoted their lives to God, the "top management" of the Catholic Church was corrupt and involved in all kinds of political and financial intrigues. Struggling to maintain its authority, the Church severely oppressed any forms of nonconformity and independent thinking, which resulted in a dramatic setback in sciences, medicine, and other spheres. Besides, at some point the Church invented a new method of gaining finances: the indulgences. No matter what crime a person committed (except those aimed against the Church), if they had enough money, they could literally buy "forgiveness" from the Church. All this caused mistrust towards the Church, and was one of the reasons of the Reformation.

Answered by Samuel Niska

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