Causes And Consequences Of The Roman Catholic Church

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Theme of Unit: The Roman Catholic Church, which was the basis of Western Christianity, was eventually abandoned by many in favor of other teachings. This disruption was caused by a strong dissatisfaction and belief that the church had become corrupt and the main focus was not on spreading God’s word.
Subthemes:
DISASTERS OF THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY
Identification: Europe began to fall into a state of disarray and chaos, with no help from the church.
Summary:
The Black Death and Its Consequences: The Black Death was a deadly disease that spread through Europe causing social and economic decay.
Troubles of the Medieval Church: Disorder in the Catholic Church made people begin to question and lose faith in its teachings.
The Conciliar Movement: A new pope was elected, ending some of the more evident problems of the church, but it remained corrupt and materialistic.
Relationship to the theme: The leaders of the church provided no help to lessen the worry of the people of Europe during this troubling time, causing many to lose affection for the clergy.
THE RENAISSANCE IN ITALY
Identification: The Italians experienced a rebirth of Greco-Roman institutions and secular attitude.
Summary:
The Italian Cities and the New Conception of Life: Instead of focusing on the church, Italians began to redefine their standards through refined trade as well as a rebirth of the arts.
Humanism: The Birth of “Literature”: Writers began to view literature not so much as a way of spreading God’s
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