Catholic Church During The Fifteenth Century

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The Catholic Church during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries was plagued by internal corruption that caused discontent among its followers. The church beginning in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries increasingly became a system in which aristocrats were able to increase their wealth. In large numbers these aristocrats began to occupy the highest offices available to the Catholic clergy. However, for many aristocrats holding just one high office was not enough to satisfy their desire for increased wealth. This greed led to the practice of pluralism, which was the holding of multiple church offices by one individual. These aristocrats often times would then hire an underqualified individual to work the office for them. This practice,

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