The Boobonic Plag
The Bubonic Plague affected the church in a negative way. The deaths made it harder to do lots of jobs. They had a shortage of workers. It made it really hard to run church services. They also had to hire new, worse clergy members. The plague also affected money. Then, all the markets collapsed. That meant “Both nobles and clergy resorted to selling freedom to their serfs.” They also started charging money for church services. And finally, “the huge population loss in the cities' caused a virtual collapse of the urban grain markets, a major source of income for noble and church landlords with surplus grain to sell” In short terms, the church had it's hands full after the plague.