Explain the Christian church split during the 16th century.
Translation of the Bible to many European languages enables people to read the world and challenge some of the teachings.
Corrupt practices in the church e.g. pluralism (holding more than one office in the church. Buying offices in the church.
The clergy lived luxurious lives and many lived for wordy pleasures in the monasteries and nunneries which was not in accordance with the teachings of Bible.
Sale of indulgencies to those who had sinned in order to be forgiven.
Practice of the nepotism and appointment of their relatives to high offices.
The clergy ignored the rule of celibacy and kept mistresses.
The faithful were opposed to the heavy taxes imposed on them to sustain the church.
Reformist questioned some church practices and ceremonies e.g. confession.
The growth of nationalism throughout Europe made many people to question why they were Answerable to Rome.
Excessive secular and religion powers for the pope.
The age of Renaissance (Rebirth) likened traditional beliefs of the church at the time
Struggled for papacy
The development of printing press to production of more religious materials.
The unwillingness of the clergy to compromise with the demands of the reformists especially after the trial and excommunication of Martin Luther.