“To collect the funding required to erect the papal capital in France, the French popes cut every corner they could, docking pay from parish priests and taxing bishops heavily. Under the loosening authority, the papacy encouraged the use of simony and indulgences, as well as the sale of relics, pearly gate passes, and ecclesiastical seats. ”

Charles River Editors, The Western Schism of 1378: The History and Legacy of the Papal Schism that Split the Catholic Church
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