The ideas of the Protestant reformation of the 1500’s had been in the minds of peasants for years because of the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church. Many people felt the clergy (church members) had taken advantage of the people, by becoming wealthy while the people were poor and hungry. There was also a rising sense of nationalism in Europe, that combined with the anger of the economic and political demands made by the Church, further angered the people. The church was spending money in many ways. The Pope was competing for political power in Italy, and had to fight off invasions from other countries.
The sight of the church ornamented with gold and jewels seemed unfair to the people. The church would often preach against greed which seemed hypocritical to the masses. This was considering the amount of great wealth displayed by the church. The church would also ask that relics not be offered by those who have committed sin, yet teach that no man can be named blameless. According to the Pardoner, “But whoso finds himself without such blame, he will come up and offer in God’s name” (2).
Those who did not acknowledge the pope as God’s representative and the Roman Catholic Church as the only true church was doomed. The Catholic Church used this as an advancement to raise money. The church would sell indulgences who would get you saved and less time in purgatory. Clergy were to promise to remain abstinence, but often fathered children. They were to
Religion is not supposed to be like a vending machine where you go, put in your request, and get something in return, but that is how these characters and many real people treat it. This shows another misuse of religion by showing a one-sided relationship where only the people get their desires. After arriving to see the angel, many were disappointed because the "consolation miracles, which were more like mocking fun, had already ruined the angel 's reputation" (3). Instead of being amazed the miracles were taking place, the people are disappointed that their desires are not being granted. These people do not come for religious purposes, they come to have their personal desires granted.
That makes the people poor and oppressed. He considered that religions are fool to people to get rid of the pain hurt from war. And He said, religion promises happiness in life for a while only. That is why Karl Marx critic about the ideology of religion and said religion is opium of the people. In additional, Marx said it necessarily a conservative, status-quo-preserving force (Mihaela Serban).
He said “They threw out the priests. And then Bokonon, cynically and playfully, invented a new religion.” (Vonnegut 172) Castle also said “Well, when it became evident that no governmental or economic reform was going to make the people much less miserable, the religion became the one real instrument of hope. Truth was the enemy of the people, because the truth was so terrible. so Bokonon made it his business to provide the people with better and better lies.” (Vonnegut
This quote affects me in a whole way because I myself am catholic. I simply don't understand why Mustapha would judge religious people for actions they have done. In our world we see that religious people are in some way affected by crime, poverty, and depression which in a way may result in drug addiction and alcoholism. These people have reasons for these things even if it sounds strange they have no control over it. Back in the 80's we would see people doing drugs and selling them in order to get money and take care of their families.
He unashamedly takes money from even the poorest of the common people while spending the majority of his time away from them. He is knowingly disobeying his role in the church and could likely be one of the members of the church that joined, not for a religious reason, but in hopes to make money. The diversity in the pilgrims shows all different types of people and types of sinning they may be guilty of, even the religious figures . While some may be like the nun, simply self-conscious about her appearance and reputation, others are as awful as the friar, who knowingly takes from the poor in order to get more money than needed to purely survive. While both of these characters have their own flaws, the friars are more than that of vanity and are further disobedient of how he is supposed to
The Church in that time period was overrun with corruption and avarice, leading it to sacrifice its spiritual integrity for money. Plenary indulgences were being sold in order to pay for the luxuries desired by the clergy, the very men who had taken upon themselves vows of poverty in the service of God. Martin Luther sought a reform of the Catholic Church, and desired to bring it back to its original truths and teachings, but instead founded his own church, opening the door to the establishment of numerous denominations. Of these, Calvinism, centered mostly in France and the Low Countries, became increasingly popular. Calvinism adopted the Catholic Church’s opinions regarding the dignity of human labor.
Not only is the Pardoner crooked in his job, but the job he has is crooked itself. By selling indulgences, the Pardoner again puts his love for money in between himself and God. The Pardoner is not spiritually strong lastly because of his sexual condition. Being gay in the church was frowned upon greatly, and was actually a sin. In the way the that the Pardoner was portrayed, it is almost obvious that he is a sexual pervert, and a homosexual partner with the
He knows that he is not a good man. He believes that the punishment he has received didn’t fit his crime. The Misfit also believes that the world would be better off if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead. When the grandmother and him were talking about religion he Although he is not a good man, he does feels a bit of compassion for the grandmother when Bailey makes her cry, he says “Lady… don’t you get upset. Sometimes a man says things he don’t mean.
It was challenging for him to fill the shadow that President Roosevelt left. With the pressure Taft faced, he definitely made some mistakes. The first was singing the “Payne-Aldrich Tariff.” This tariff was a compromise that only made high rates from the Aldrich Bill become moderate, which was better, but it was not what the people wanted. This angered many progressives that believed Taft was ignoring the liberal group of people in the nation. The president then made this challenge worse by calling the tariff “the best bill the Republican party ever passed.” The people of the United States were outraged by this tariff, but ever more infuriated by the President 's