The power of the Church overall declined due to the Black Death. This was due to two major factors. For one, 40% of the country’s priests were wiped out in the plague. As a result, the new positions had to be filled with lazily-trained applicants whose unprofessionalism and overall inexperience lessened the reputation of the Church across the country. Furthermore, many people were disillusioned with the inability of the Church to explain or help the effects of the Black Death.