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How do indulgences remit temporal punishment?

How do indulgences remit temporal punishment? Sin has consequences! "Sin has two consequences, or punishments (CCC 1472). The first is eternal punishment, in which the soul loses heaven and is ...
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Offering Indulgences to the Poor souls in Purgatory

A soul in purgatory is a soul in purgatory. No where does the Church define that an indulgence for particular soul in purgatory has to be named in order to receive an indulgence when we meet the ...
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Are the ancient indulgences still valid, those decreed by the previous Popes?

Are the ancient indulgences still valid, those decreed by the previous Popes? The short answer is possibly but doubtful. Some are valid but not all. The reason I say possibly but doubtful lies in ...
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Purgatory and Plenary Indulgences?

Purgatory and Plenary Indulgences? In order to gain a plenary indulgence we must have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin. That means we must not have any desire ...
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What does "Altare privilegiatum" mean exactly today?

Are the indulgences attached to privileged altars still valid? The short answer is no. A Privileged Altar (Altare Privilegiatum) is an altar in a Roman Catholic church where a plenary indulgence can ...
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Were plenary indulgences issued during the crusades, as indicated by Dan Brown?

In the history of indulgences, the "Crusade Indulgence" is known as the first official plenary indulgence. Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code certainly stated several untruths about the teachings of ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that we can choose when to use an indulgence?

Can we choose when to use an indulgence? The short answer is no. Here is the thing: Indulgences are applied to the soul at the moment that all the requirements of gaining a particular indulgence (...
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Offering Indulgences to the Poor souls in Purgatory

The Church documents on this refer to the dead (the souls in purgatory) in general terms. For example: Pope Paul VI's Apostolic Constitution on Indulgences says: n.3—Partial as well as plenary ...
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Can an indulgence be applied to a deceased non-Catholic Christian?

Can an indulgence be obtained for a deceased non-Catholic Christian? The short answer is possibly and even probably. There are several reason, why I believe that, yes, indulgences may be applied to ...
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Is there any truth to the story that Martin Luther claimed he "bought" hell from a priest?

I cannot verify that this specific incident is historical, but it is built on solid fact and is "true" in the sense of legend. The religious and social setting is certainly accurate and it may well ...
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Why are indulgences ever needed for oneself?

Why are indulgences ever needed for oneself? Sin has consequences! Just because ”one participates in the Sacrament of Penance throughout his life”, this is no guarantee that all the temporal ...
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Was Tetzel robbed by a man who had preemptively bought an indulgence?

This is a tentative answer. Volume 15 of Johann Walch's Sämmtliche schriften has the story of Tetzel's robbery in section 97 on the numbered page 363. The Go To page number seems not to work, but ...
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Is attending a priestly ordination, bishop's consecration, or religious profession an indulgenced act (pious work)?

If my searching is correct, attending the ordination of a priest (or deacon), consecration of a bishop, or religious profession in itself is not an indulgences act; but the first Mass of a newly ...
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Is a indulgence valid if granted the night before?

Can an indulgence be granted more than once a day? It all depends if it is a plenary indulgence or a partial indulgence. Only a plenary indulgence may be obtained once a day. Partial indulgences may ...
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Were there indulgences sold for those who had no family when they died?

Yes, they were. I'm not sure about generic, nondescript people, but they were sold to friends of the dead. Tetzel apparently marketed to all people indiscriminately, encouraging them to purchase ...
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Were the indulgences in the Catholic Church always to be followed by Confession?

Without going to confession, one could not gain an plenary indulgence. However that is not required for gaining a partial indulgence. To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is ...
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Old Roman Catholic Bibles having indulgence charts?

I received a Bible for my Confirmation in 1970 and there was a list of indulgences in the introduction. There were also specific prayers and how many times you had to say them to remove a soul from ...
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