A stricter life was introduced into the papal court; the regular observance of the services of the Church was enjoined; many of the grosser abuses were prohibited.
The pope or his legate, however, took no steps to remove abuses or otherwise reform the Scandinavian churches.
Nehemiah also turns his attention to religious abuses.
This office he filled with great prudence and probity, removing many abuses in the administration of justice in Egypt.
Against the attendant abuses the Augustinian monk Martin Luther posted (31st October 1517) on the church door at Wittenberg his famous ninety-five theses, which were the signal for widespread revolt against the church.