Not less serious was the condition of many monasteries of men, and even of women (which were often homes for the unmarried daughters of the nobility).
The scientific and ascetic training of the clergy left much to be desired, the moral standard of many being very low, and the practice of celibacy not everywhere observed.
The various kinds of reservation had also become a grievous abuse.
Dissatisfaction was felt widely among the clergy at the many taxes imposed by the Curia on the incumbents of ecclesiastical benefices.
There were also serious administrative abuses in the Papal Curia.
The ever-increasing centralization of ecclesiastical administration had brought it about that far too many ecclesiastical benefices in all parts of Christendom were conferred at Rome, while in the granting of them the personal interests of the petitioner, rather than the spiritual needs of the faithful, were too often considered.