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Short Talk

On the Eve of the Reformation

Date recorded: 25 May 2013 | Speaker: Glenn Sunshine | Event: ELF Pre-Forum Seminar
On the Eve of the Reformation


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.