These people, John Wycliffe and John Huss, attacked many of the practices and beliefs in the church and wanted to return to the simple practices of the early church. You left out that confession. The sacred authority is so abused by absolutions, dispensations, as the like that the godly cannot see it without a sigh.
And it is these things which help the religious community function today. It ended with the Peace of Westphalia in The bolt of excommunication is ever in readiness. Another major contention was the practice of buying and selling church positions simony and the tremendous corruption found at the time within the Roman Catholic Church's hierarchy.
Related Interests. The more I tried to remedy and uncertain, weak and afflicted conscience with the traditions of men, the more each day found it more uncertain, weaker, and more troubled.
What abominations will you not have to regard as the deeds of the Church? But by their own invented service of God, holiness, external spiritual exhibition, founded upon human customs and laws, they have gone astray, and have thus been persuaded by these whom people consider learned and leaders of others to the extent that the simple think that such invented external worship is spiritual.
Pope Boniface VIII in DOCUMENT 9 Doubtful sentences of divine law, especially on those matters which are called articles of the Christian faith, must be defined only by the general council of the believers, no partial group or individual person of whatever status [the pope], has the authority to make such definitions.
For so many so enslave all their senses to delights that the mind lies overwhelmed.
Even though they were unsuccessful in changing the church, these two reformers added to the Reformation in that many of their followers lived on to participate in the Reformation Doc.
You say that the Church consists virtually in the pope.