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Follow Pope Francis On Twitter And Spend Less Time In Purgatory

July 18, 2013

I do not make up the news, but instead just comment on the stuff that amuses me.

So let me get this straight.

There are now virtual indulgences meant to encourage Catholics to follow official  Vatican events from anywhere in the world on TV, radio and on social media.  That also means those who Twitter are closer to the other side of Jordan.  Those with Twitter accounts will spend less time in purgatory by following Pope Francis’ tweets during World Youth Day in Brazil.

My only question would be does that also mean a shorter wait at the Department of Transportation license renewal line?

Says the decree: “The faithful who on account of a legitimate impediment cannot attend the aforementioned celebrations may obtain Plenary Indulgence under the usual spiritual, sacramental and prayer conditions, in a spirit of filial submission to the Roman Pontiff, by participation in the sacred functions on the days indicated, following the same rites and spiritual exercises as they occur via television or radio or, with due devotion, via the new means of social communication.”

Catholics believe indulgences reduce the time they’ll spend in purgatory. Beware, though, a casual follow of the pontiff’s Twitter feed won’t exactly get you into the pearly gates.

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication, told the Italian news site Corriere della Sera that Catholics can’t obtain indulgences “like getting a coffee from a vending machine.”

Lets not be so fast at making that statement!  There might be a money making plan for the Vatican with a cup of Joe.

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