"The Power of the Church" in "Reformation and Counter Reformation" by Carol White, published by Longman, England, 1995

In the 16th Century, the Roman Catholic Church was very powerful. It taught that God judged people by what they did and how they acted. It also taught that only priests could talk directly to God; and they had the power to forgive the people's sins. If someone confessed their sins to a priest, the priest would usually make them do a penance (which may be either saying some prayers or pilgriming). According to the church, a person's sins could also be forgiven if he or she did good works and attended Mass often.

Many people donated to the Church, causing it to become very rich
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