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Indulgences Making Comeback In Catholic Church

March 2, 2009

I just find this interesting.

I was surprised to hear on a local TV station that indulgences are becoming fashionable again in the Catholic Church.  European history books have plenty to say about  indulgences, and I thought them a long forgotten practice, and for obvious reasons.  Not being Catholic,  I am drawn to this story because for whatever reason the complexities of the Catholic faith, and the ability to leap backwards centuries without blushing as ‘the Church’ often attempts, is intriguing to try and understand.  

The fact that many Catholic parishioners have never heard of the practice of indulgences makes me wonder how much of the church history is ever taught to the faithful.  There are certainly parts of the past that are difficult to discuss within the church.   My reading of history is that the practice was taken to task by none other than Martin Luther with his 95 Theses.    The negative connotations indulgences bring to mind would seem to me, again from a non-Catholic perspective, to be ones that the church would like to leave well behind it.   Pope Benedict has allowed indulgences for certain observations, but could the practice be in the first stages of  full renewal?

Will buying indulgences be in vogue in 2009?  Will the stay in purgatory be shorter if the faithful just dig deeper in their wallets and give to Rome?  Will there be a reduced indulgence rate during this recession?

Again, I just find this interesting.  Maybe a bit laughable too.

11 Comments
  1. Pluto permalink
    April 5, 2009 2:13 AM

    There are partial and plenary indulgences and I do not think they are related to monetary giving, but more to spiritual prayer, reparation, and remission of sin.

  2. Pluto permalink
    April 5, 2009 2:12 AM

    If indulgences are rebates, you better get on the rebate train, as they will help your eternal situation.

  3. Pluto permalink
    April 5, 2009 2:09 AM

    If it is a concept, it is easily gotten rid of. As it is a reality, it is what it is. It is like saying I would like to change life so it does not have death. We don’t have that power. Only “The Power” referred to in the Gospel writers books have that power. So, it is better that you try to shape your efforts at salvation so they are aligned with reality.

  4. Pluto permalink
    April 5, 2009 2:05 AM

    What’s so goofy about the reality of purgatory?

  5. jayne permalink
    March 4, 2009 10:43 AM

    I thought the church was getting rid of the goofy concept of purgatory. I know they got rid of the even goofier concept of limbo awhile back.

  6. Anne permalink
    March 2, 2009 7:17 PM

    The post on this news reminded me that this parish was in the news last summer. You will note two highlighted phrases are mine, and not the paper’s markings.

    http://www.madison.com/tct/news/293316

    The article quotes the priest as saying:

    Rev. Jared Hood, one of a group of priests that serves the St. Barnabas cluster, said in an interview. Hood said he is a member of the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, a religious order that ‘ministers to boys’ to inspire them to become priests. The order offered its services to the Madison Diocese, which is consolidating parishes because of a shortage of priests.

    “Very many priests began as altar boys,” Hood said. “‘Without contact with a priest’ it’s difficult for boys to even think about a vocation as a priest.” He first learned about the order of which he is now a member as an altar boy in New Jersey, he said.

  7. barry permalink
    March 2, 2009 6:24 PM

    It seems like the church is trying to get business back by offering rebates. Maybe they should get their head out of their arse and they might find more poeple in the pews.

  8. titter permalink
    March 2, 2009 6:20 PM

    all will be fine if the priests still have enough candy bars for the boys

  9. March 2, 2009 3:34 PM

    When you review history as it WAS, rather than as you’d like to make it, you’ll find that Luther objected specifically to the SALE of indulgences, not indulgences per se.

    So happens the Church agreed with Luther–

    By the way, indulgences have never been “out.” But if your news-sources are limited to the MSM, I can understand your ignorance.

  10. Tom Canton permalink
    March 2, 2009 1:16 PM

    Sounds like this “Catholic” church has a lot in common with one of Mel Gibson’s “Catholic” churches. They probably reject a lot of “Vatican II” as well. One of the things it said was forgiving the Jews for crucifying Christ.

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