How the Catholic Church Held Up During the Middle Ages Essay

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The Middle Ages was a long period of time. It started in about the 500 A.D. and ended in about 1500 A.D. Not many things can last for this long period of time, but at least one thing did, and that was the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church consists of Popes, Bishops, Clergy, and Monks, and Nuns were also part of the Church. Also during the Middle Ages, it also produced many great philosophers (Funk & Wagnall’s, 275). From the Middle Ages to the 13th century, the church played important role as authority, influence. The Catholic Church held up due to the power of the Pope, Pope Gregory’s policies, and the Church was a part of the citizen’s daily lives. In the Middle Ages houses of the poor and wealthy were often alike,…show more content…
The Churches held town meetings, guild meetings, and town council sessions (Gies, 291). It also became the main provider for civic administration, education, and law. “Tithes, were a form of taxation, but it was used to pay for church management, public services, hospitals, and schooling” (Cavendish, 649). Every person would pay taxes and abide by the church’s laws (mnsu.edu). The church added new religious and ethical concept and gave people new moral responsibilities (Funk & Wagnall’s). The church had an organized, elaborate hierarchy with the pope as head. The head of the hierarchy in the church was the pope. The pope was the supreme power of the church and his followers. The pope was a representative of God. “The pope also had the power to influence the king and its advisors,” (mnsu.edu). Each church had its own hierarchy within. Next in line of power is the Bishop, he is the leader of the church. Bishops were usually very wealthy and dressed very nice. The bishop had its own duties to fulfill, for example he had the power to adjust the taxes, and also had the power to annul marriages. Next in line of power is the Parish Priest. The Parish Priest was the Priest of the church; he would say Mass, which was done in front of the church. He also had the duty of collecting taxes for the church. Also the Priests were usually the only ones who could read and write in the village (thinkquest). “Many
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