This goes against the normality of priests being wholly good and holy people, and for them to be described in such a strong way shows that the Catholic Church had been turned upside down and their members were becoming more and more corrupt as time passed, leading to Colette calling for the ‘laws [to] be rehearsed’. This also shows that there is a need to re-iterate the values and morals of the Church, which would not be the case if its members were not behaving in such a way.
It is also know that the Archbishop of Canterbury was the one who asked Colette to preach this sermon, which could indicate that some of the higher-ups did notice the corruption that was occurring. Also, the sect that Colette belonged to (Humanists) saw the wrong in this corruption which led to him speaking out against these actions. Source B also reflect the Church’s corrupt nature, as the fact that King Henry VII appointed ‘Master Fisher’ as a ‘bishopric’ only on the grounds that he saw and knew the ‘great and singular virtue’ that he saw in him. Also, he was his mother’s ‘confessor’.
This shows that nobility was be used to easily sway Judgment in appointing religious leaders, as Fisher was born into a very wealthy family (he was educated at Cambridge) and they were primarily used for the Kings own good, as he, not a religious figure in the Church appointed them. Both of these sources make an example of how religious figures in the Church were not as holy and virtuous as they seemed, as ‘Master Fisher’ of Source B leapt from a title of pure nobility (master’) to a high ranking elisions leader (bishopric’) only due to him being in the Kings favor.
This was one of the main reasons why Colette called for a reiteration of vows and religious laws as many religious crimes were being swept under the carpet simply because of their position in society and their allegiances/connections to the King. Source C however, uses the general public to display how corrupt the Catholic Church was. As part of a survey carried out by John Stow, he spoke on how the people giving their ‘helping and, some with their purses, other[s] with their bodies’ to repair SST.
Andrew Understand Church. Although the church could have easily used the massive money reserves they had they decided to let the people use the little money they had to provide for the Church. On the other hand, it also proves that the Church had to be quite popular for people to go to that length Just to have a church/repair the church they had. How far do the sources suggest that the early sixteenth century church in England was unpopular and corrupt? By SMS_toughest