Short Talk

On the Eve of the Reformation

Date recorded: 25 May 2013 | Speaker: Glenn Sunshine | Event: ELF Pre-Forum Seminar


The Catholic Church in the beginning of the sixteenth century was shot through with problems from top to bottom. Local clergy were often uneducated and had concubines; bishops were generally uninterested in reform and were involved in simony, plural offices, and did not live in their dioceses; the papal curia was riddled with corruption as well. A few reform movements started, but they dealt with cleaning up obvious abuses without asking about the underlying causes of the problems.