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Decades past and present have been plagued by corruption all the way from the time of Moses to the Nixon presidency Out of all the corruption that has occurred it seems that one of the most fraudulent is that of the Catholic Church In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries the dominating factor that motivated thousands of Catholic clergy from the lowest friars to the pope was money It started out with the occasional small sin but escalated until it was out of control Bishops were committing the sin of pluralism cheating the people by not having ample time to travel and minister to individual towns Simony became a stench in the noses of reformists because clergy were selling positions in the church to anybody regardless of the persons knowledge of the church Luther as well as other Protestants strongly disputed the use of indulgences to fund for the rebuilding of St Peters Cathedral saying Christians are to be taught that he who sees a man in need and passes him by and gives his money for pardons purchases not the indulgences of the pope but the indignation of God While the secular and political leaders strongly opposed Luther and his teachings saying like a madman plotting the manifest destruction of the holy Church He Luther daily scatters abroad much worse fruit and effect of his depraved heart and mind the church was very corrupt and guilty of the sins of pluralism simony and the selling of indulgences The first reason for the protests against the Catholic Church was the practice of pluralism This form of corruption was made manifest in Albert of Brandenburg who at an early age acquired the bishoprics of Halberstadt and Magdeburg and aspired to be the archbishop of Mainz When he asked his people to fork over the money to pay for his induction fee they flatly refused having paid the fees for his previous two titles Albert then
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