One of the groups that suffered the most was the Christian Church. It lost prestige, spiritual authority, and leadership over the people. How? The Church promised cures, treatment, and an explanation for the plague. They said it was God’s will, but the reason for this awful punishment was unknown. People wanted answers, but the clergy didn’t have any. Some even abandoned their duties and fled. People prayed to God and begged for forgiveness. In the same way that villagers were enraged at doctors who couldn’t cure the infected victims, villagers began to revolt against the Church.