Pre-reformation church

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  • Pre-reformation church - how far was it in need of reform?
    • Priests = poorly paid
    • People were largely satisfied
    • Benefit of the clergy allowed members to be immune from trial
    • political attack rather than religious
    • Abuses had been happening for a long time
    • Most priests = trained properly
    • Clerical abuses / ecclesiastical abuses
    • Limited abuses
    • Monks/nuns (caring for those in need) = moral standards decreased, some got very rich by land rents
    • No evidence of abuses - Henry wanted to use anti - clericalism to crush the church and make himself head


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