How widespread was the criticisms of the church in England in 1520s?


Arguments on impacts of anticlericalism, John Colet's sermon, absenteeism, pluralism, simony, parish clergy and monasteries, and anticlerical outburst before 1920s and how widespread they were.

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How widespread was the criticisms of the church in England in 1520s?
Impact of anticlericalism
Anticlericalism ­ Hostility to the church and churchmen from non churchmen(laity).
Simple English: Normal people disliking the church and church members.
Was seen as a major criticism towards the church but not so much in England
However ...
Anticlericalism was focused on quite a small location within England and this therefore goes
against it being widespread.
Impact of John Colet's sermon in 1511
Assembled in Convocation
Convocation ­ Solemn and official meeting of the clergy of the two provinces of Canterbury
and York. Usually met when Parliament was called.
The sermon showed that people within the church thought improvements could be made
However ...
Type of sermon convocation would hear (boring, repetitive... like assemblies)
Lone voice ­ did not stir enough enthusiasm to provoke change
Effects of absenteeism, pluralism and simony
Parishes all over the country seen as in a bad state, possibility of widespread criticisms
Spiritual needs need to be met by common people
However ...
Spiritual needs were met as appointed suffragan bishops filled in absent bishops positions
State of the Parish Clergy and Monasteries
Parish priests had limited education
No real understanding of Latin scriptures even though they were suppose to be interpreting
However ...
Priests in wealthier parishes were very educated
Still supported parishioners and were within the Church which was the highest point of
State of the monasteries
Some became too wealthy
Not living according to their vows
Too involved with secular life instead of withdrawing from corruption of the world
However ...
Inevitable to not be involved with secular life due to priests that were major land owners and
Retained degree of popularity as charitable institutions and centres of religious veneration
Oppositions very limited
Anticlerical outburst before 1520s
Hunne Case 1514 ­ Richard Hunne, a merchant tailor and charitable person accused of
Example of the church protecting its own, bad bad bad.
However ...
No demonstrations or riots against the Church at the time

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