On his release Consalvi hastened to his master's assistance; and he was soon after allowed to resume his functions under the restored pontificate at Rome.
Though the sale of offices and oppressive taxation which disgraced his pontificate may in part be explained by the desperate condition of the papal finances and by his saving up gold for a crusade, nevertheless he indulged in unbecoming pomp. Showing favouritism toward his family and his nation, he brought untold disaster on the Church.
To the pontificate; the death of Piero de' Medici in the same year made Giovanni head of his family.
Leo was disturbed throughout his pontificate by heresy and schism.
Several minor events of Leo's pontificate are worthy of mention.