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What was the Catholic Church like before Martin Luther?

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The Catholic Church was highly corrupt prior to Martin Luther denouncing their activities. They would sell pardons for the dead in Heaven and gather up huge sums of money unethically.

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What was the greatest criticism of the Catholic Church in the period before Martin Luther?

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How did Luther contribute to spread of protestantism?

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What would happen to Roman Catholic Church if Martin Luther was not born?

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