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Corruptions? Indulgence? Churches?

Some churches were lavishly built, with an extreme worldly approach. Were the fundings coming from corruptions and the selling of indulgence?

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I need to know how architecture had reflected the severity of corruption.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It was the norm for the rich to leave huge legacies in their wills to the Church or monasteries and to donate large sums to have buildings built with their sponsorship (with side altars/niches for their individual families)The corruption largely did not enter in this nor did the sale of indulgences add to this since the sale of indulgences largely happened after the building of most of the large churches and cathedrals. Indulgences came about as a result of the Crusades where the Church granted absolution of all sins as a reward for going on crusade. This was expanded as time went on until it became a business, largely in the 14th and 15th centuries.

  • 4 years ago

    The Roman Catholic Church did now not condone the sale of indulgences. participants of the Roman Catholic Church acted exterior the instructions of the Church for his or her very own income. The Church has continuously taught that indulgences could now not be bought. If I remember properly there have been many Catholic leaders interior the time who spoke out against the advertising of indulgences. Luther became now not the only one, he in basic terms took place to be the only one that left the Church because of the fact of what became taking place.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, in a word. The selling of indulgences (time off in Purgatory) was one of the main complaints that Martin Luther had against the Church.

  • Paul B
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Just part of the overall income stream. The church also owned vast tracts of land which in general they tended well. Gifts and legacies were also big spinners.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some rich unchristian people hide in churches or other religious organizations for that matter.

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