How did the failings of the Catholic Church lead to the Reformation

How did the failings of the Catholic Church lead to the Reformation

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Sarah Benton Reformation Online EME Winterim 09 Comparable to the current situation in the Catholic Church, the Church in the 16 th century had many moral and ethical issues that their members did not agree with, such as the poor communication of the doctrines, the sale of what was basically places in heaven, and simony, which was the selling or use of nepotism in filling high church positions. These issues caused many previously devout Catholics to reconsider their religious choices, and sparked the Reformation of the 16 th and 17 th centuries. Many men had attempted to reform the Church from the inside, but the organization was such that it was impossible to change the religion across the board. Change came with Martin Luther’s “95 Theses”. Luther recognized that the issues facing his generation of Catholics were not going to be solved unless something was done, and in his “Theses”, he outlined the issues and how they could be solved. Before Luther’s proclamation, however, the former
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2010 for the course HIS 113 taught by Professor Lee during the Spring '10 term at Rutgers.

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How did the failings of the Catholic Church lead to the Reformation

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