The Canterbury Tales

In The Canterbury Tales, why is the Pardoner so offensive?

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The Pardoner is considered so offensive because he is so blatantly sinnful. He is greedy, prideful, and has no problem flaunting his sexual exploits. As they are all pilgrims making a holy journey to Canterbury he seems very out of place. Additionally, his very profession was viewed with suspicion (absolves people of their sins for tokens and favors).