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A good introduction to indulgences can be found here. A more thorough explanation can be found in the Catholic Encyclopedia. I will try to extract a few basic points. To facilitate explanation, it may be well to state what an indulgence is not. It is not a permission to commit sin, nor a pardon of future sin; neither could be granted by any power. It is ...


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Sin has consequences! "Sin has two consequences, or punishments (CCC 1472). The first is eternal punishment, in which the soul loses heaven and is confined to an eternity in hell. This punishment is remitted through the forgiveness of sins. The second is temporal punishment, in which a person must expiate, or make reparation for his sins. This temporal ...


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Answering your question No. It is not true. In any way. The sale of indulgences is the sin of simony (selling of holy items) and the temporal punishment is the immediate excommunication of the perpetrator by the very nature of the act. Even accepting money for indulgences has been outlawed since the Council of Trent, which codified it with "let all who ...


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I would imagine that the Orthodox priest, his interlocutor, or both, misinterpreted what they were seeing. As you know, the Church has a concept of "partial indulgence", historically often associated with a specific amount of time. The intention, as I understand it, is that gaining the indulgence corresponds not to that amount of time off Purgatory, but to ...


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When the 95 Theses were first published, Luther actually supported the idea of indulgences: #75. Let him be anathema and accursed who denies the apostolic character of the indulgences. The problem was that They were being "sold" (you had to donate to get one, actually selling them had been excommunicable for something like 100 years at that point) They ...


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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 requirements on their behalf. Thus the faithful may apply an indulgence to a particular member of their family, any soul in purgatory or even for the poorest soul in ...


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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 (partial or plenary) are accomplished. The Church has always taught that indulgences do not apply to sins not yet committed. The Catholic Encyclopedia notes, "...


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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 the Catholic Church. It is only true to admit that some Crusaders did in fact commit some horrendous crimes, but indulgences were instituted by the Church to ...


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Luther published his 95 Theses in 1517. At that time he had not fully separated from the theology of the Roman Catholic church and the Pope. Most of his 95 Thesis are really just asking for thoughtful consideration for reform from inside the church. In regards to the thesis involving Indulgences, I believe Luther meant that those who speak against the ...


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I do not think Luther thought of them as being advertised as only good Christians would purchase them, or that people would show them off, definitely not thought of as a benign form of alms giving, but more along the lines of the last bullet points. The indulgences, in Luther’s mind, were simply taking advantage of people with a guilty conscience and ...


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The Council of Trent, which condemned Luther's errors and heresies, wrote this on 4 December 1563, in its 25th session, "Decree Concerning Indulgences" (see my emphasized parts): Whereas the power of conferring Indulgences was granted by Christ to the Church, and she has, even in the most ancient times, used the said power delivered unto her of God, the ...


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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 indulgences can always be applied to the dead by way of suffrage. cf. Fr. Hardon's Catholic Dictionary entry for "indulgence." There is no reason why one cannot ...


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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 doing find on Tetzel brings up 12 items on page xi and a little further down 9 items on page ccxxx. Clicking where it says page ccxxx gets one to the place. ...


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It seems like it would be more compassionate to give out indulgences to everybody so that they do not suffer from punishment for their sins in purgatory, and find other ways to encourage people to do these works. Indeed so. However, the reason why indulgences and works are connected gets to the heart of what an indulgence is for. The Church teaches that ...


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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 be gained for a soul in purgatory whenever Mass is celebrated there. Two examples are the Vallarpadam Church, Kerala and St. Thomas of Canterbury Church,...


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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 fact whether the indulgence in question was partial or plenary and were the objects blessed by a priest or not as well as if the particular indulgence was ...


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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 be obtained as often as one desires, as long as all the conditions are met. An indulgence that can remove all the temporal punishment due to forgiven sin. No ...


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It is important to note that an indulgence is not redemption and those suffering in purgatory do not need to be redeemed. They are redeemed by the Blood of Christ on the Cross-. That said it is also important to note that forgiveness, biblically, does not remove punishment. Simply look at David and Moses, and all of Israel the Apostles, all the Martyrs ...


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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 purgatory.


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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 indulgences for anyone they knew who had passed. *The Jesuit Priest in the Family, the Church, and the Parish: In reply to a Letter by W.H. Anderson says this on ...


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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 necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed. - THE GIFT OF THE INDULGENCE Indulgences are not feats ...


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