Catholic – Indulgences

Catholic Church Offering Indulgences Again

The New York Times published a front page story Tuesday saying that Roman Catholics can once again receive indulgences or reprieves from punishment in the afterlife. When I read that, I wondered whether I had picked up The Canterbury Tales by mistake. But it’s true. In exchange for prayers, devotions or pilgrimages, Catholics can have their time in Purgatory, the punishment before entering heaven, reduced or erased instantly. Indulgences have gotten the Catholic Church in…

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The History of the Indulgence

Giovanni de’ Medici took the name Pope Leo X. His self-indulgence destroyed the unity of the western church when he bartered sin for money in the most infamous indulgence of church history. From birth, Leo had been earmarked for the church. At the age of seven, he was made a monk. By thirteen he was a cardinal. In between, the boy had been abbot. He became pope before turning forty. His tastes were costly. He…

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Tweeting Yourself out of Purgatory

According to The Guardian, the Vatican is now granting “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ Twitter account. These indulgences, when granted by the church, reduce the time Catholics will need to spend in purgatory after confession and absolution of their sins. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says indulgences are “obtained through the Church who, by virtue of the power of binding and loosing granted her by Christ Jesus, intervenes in favor of individual Christians…

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Catholicism’s False Teachings on Indulgences

 The Roman Catholic Church teaches the doctrine of Indulgences. An indulgence is a means of remission of the temporal punishment for sins which have already been forgiven but are due to the Christian in this life and/or in purgatory. It removes time needed to be spent in purgatory. o Catechism 1471: “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful…

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  • Psalm 25:14-15 October 17, 2021
    “The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”
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