One reason contributing to the weakening of the Church was the Church officials breaking vows, meaning that they failed to follow the laws of the church. Another was indulgences meaning they sold fake passes to Heaven to get money for the church. Another was simony, meaning the church sold jobs for money, instead of being honorably chosen. The last reason was taxes, meaning the church forced people to pay taxes to them AND the government. These all made people question the liability of the Church and even stopped being a part of it.