The Changes in the Catholic Church during the High Middle Ages

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In the year 1378, the Roman Catholic Church became divided when the King of France decided to replace the current Italian Pope with one that he elected. During the Great Schism, there were two popes claiming authority over the Catholic Church. Following the split, the papal offices began to lose their authority. Ultimately, the cardinals of both popes decided that an ecumenical council of godly men could collectively possess more divine authority that just one pope. In 1409 at the council of Pisa, the church council was asked to elect a new pope that would unite the sides, meaning there would be three popes. Now, there was Pope Urban VI from Italy, Pope Clement VII from France, and the new member, Pope Alexander V. Neither the Roman or French popes were willing to give up their power, now creating a three way battle for the church’s authority. From 1414-1418, the Council of Constance was successful in healing the Schism, leading to the resignation of the Roman Pope. The schism was healed and there was room for an election of a single pope, Pope Martin V, who reigned from 1417-1431. The Great Schism of the West introduced a newly expanded authority for the general councils of the church.
Furthermore, during this time, the church was undergoing a cleansing process regarding the different religions that were practiced. Now, women were active participants in the spiritual movements of the age. The amount if women joining religious houses increased rapidly as new

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