How did the RCC lose power? (Church Corruption & Development issues…
How did the RCC lose power?
Goals of crusades
New Goal: Personal
to weaken the religion of Islam
Secondary goal: Reunite the different branches
Main goal: Capture the Holy Land
Political: Kings and Church officials wanted to rid themselves of knights
Social: Sons who would not inherit land could obtain land via the crusades(land = power and place in society.
To encourage participation, the Pope assured anyone who died from participating in the Crusades would be granted a place in heaven.
10 total Crusades ( Including the children's Crusades)
Indulgence: A release from performing the penalty
People didnt like how the Crusades were being carried out: (Murder, Rape, Stealing, etc.)
Instead of the RCC gaining power, other rulers gained power.
RCC not delivery on their promise to reclaim the Holy Land
The Black plague
Killed millions ( throughout Asia and Europe)
Originated in Asia
Flea attached to rats and the rats ride a ship and spread it.
20-25 million in Europe
People ask the Pope to pray to God to end the plague
The Pope says yes, prays and the plague continues
Church Corruption & Development issues
Use of excommunication & interdict = BLACKMAIL
False selling of indulgences
Exploitation of uneducated individuals
Church officials use church funds for personal use
Church officials becoming too involved in politics and abandoning their religious duties
Mixed messages from Church officials
Church officals have intimate relationship with people other than God ( marrying and having kids)
Church officials in the lower part of the hierarchy are less educated
Other reasons for leaving the RCC