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Clergy and the Church

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Brooke LaBumbard

on 8 October 2014

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Transcript of Clergy and the Church

This is probably something you have heard or said at least a dozen times without thinking about it. When you look at it however, this is a phrase people have been saying for centuries. It has united and divided, saved and killed, and constructed the lives of people. Have you ever thought about what it, and religion altogether may have meant to people thousands of years ago? As involved as you may think the church is now, thousands of years ago, it was what life revolved around.

In this presentation, the clothing and how they related to the clergies’ rankings, beliefs and various rituals, and power, money, and corruption will be discussed.

Clergy and the Church
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The clergy were the religious people of the Middle Ages.
Thesis Statement
“In the middle ages, regardless of your class or status and despite much corruption, the church was a solid, uniting factor in the lives of almost everyone. “


The church was truly solidified into society during the Middle Ages. It became a core part of life, and I think those influences still affect our lives today. Religion runs in families, it is something that is passed down through generations. It especially affected people in these times, and I think we feel the influence of that during the bad times in our own lives.

by: Paige, Kailee, Brooke, Rian, Avery, Trevor
After the rank of king, the hierarchy was the nobles, the knights, the clergy (religious people), the tradesmen and the peasants.

The Pope was on the top of the hierarchy and below the Pope were the ordained clergymen: bishops, priests and deacons. Then came monks and nuns.
The clergy in the Middle Ages were exempted from paying taxes because they were giving services to their parishioners and also provided spiritual satisfaction and care.
This lead to much corruption within the church.
The church and money are deeply entwined now, but in the Middle Ages, it was necessity.
Donating money was told to be a means of salvation; the more you donated, the more your sins could be washed away.
Some even advocated this as a means to be immune from sin or to be absolved from all sins.
This then lead to the misuse of power and money; the clergy twisted the meanings of the scriptures and beliefs to be centered around money instead of about faith.
The monks had devoted there life to working in monasteries

They Monks were often scholarly and could read and write in Latin.

They were scholars that copied the books of the bible.

Sometimes they educated the sons of the nobles.
the Pope was powerful and influential. He was the person the people in the Middle Ages looked upon to with promises of redemption from sin

Once the Pope was elected he would serve as a pope until the day he dies. The Pope in the Middle Ages had the power to appoint clergy men.

Bishops were accepted in court and generally lived with the same luxuries as the nobles in the Middle Ages.

The bishops were wealthy. They lived and dressed lavishly just like the lords

The bishops were appointed by the Pope . They would perform wedding ceremonies, gave last rights, settled disputes in their districts, heard confessions and would give absolution.

Priests were not rich like the bishops. They were generally the head of a church.

priests cared for the spiritual life of people, absolved sins through confession, and made announcements that were given by the bishops or the pope.
Many family put there daughters in convents.

Widows were sent to convents so they would have a secure life

Nuns were very holy and lived in a convent.

They wore long gowns or tunics of black, grey or white.
Clothing and ranking in the clergy were uniquely intertwined, and the many different rankings also had different symbols and duties.
The higher the ranking, the more lavish the clothing.
Festivals were also integral to society; a monthly or seasonal festival provided an escape from every day life.
These were cemented into the traditions and lives of people.
The church was responsible for conducting festivals and rituals. They created the traditions that were so integral to the lives of people.
Chaucer uses satire when describing the pilgrims in the "General Prologue" of The Canterbury Tales to show the corruption of the Church.
Almost all of the members of the clergy used their powers for themselves. Out of all the pilgrims, the only person who was honorable and trust worthy was the Parson.

Clothing and Rankings
Festivals and Rituals
Priests were often responsible for the records of the village they were in.
Traditionally speaking, lower ranking clergy were approached for advice and guidance.
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