Essay about The Catholic Church

1409 Words Sep 20th, 2015 6 Pages
The Renaissance would be the product of a number of causes which spurred an end to the toleration of the Roman Catholic Church in the 1520s. As a result, Europe would experience some of its biggest and bloodiest conflicts in history until the 1900s. During the 15th and early 16th centuries--before the Reformation would begin--the development of humanism into the European world, as well as the rediscovery of ancient Greek Classics--especially after the 1453 sack of Constantinople--would cause scholars like Lorenzo Valla and Desiderius Erasmus to exercise being more analytical and thoughtful in their texts than previous Medieval writers. This would be a monumental blow to the Church, which had transformed itself into a political entity after the papacy began being contended for by wealthy Italian families. As a result, works of avid humanists exposed false documents like the “Donation of Constantine” that were approved by the church as being valid. The analysis of such Church documents--combined with anti clerical satires of religious officials--would start to make the Church appear unreliable and foolish. Thereafter, nationalism and the inconsistency of Church leadership to live by the original scriptures, would become the causes for the Protestant Reformation which arguably began in 1517.
By the late 1400s much of Christendom began sharing widespread contempt for priests and monks--who not only broke their holy vows of celibacy, but enjoyed benefices and complete freedom…

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