Pope Francis grants indulgences for Dublin participants


BBC: Participants attending the World Meeting of Families in August can be forgiven their sins or help a relative speed through purgatory.

Pope Francis has granted a “plenary indulgence” for those taking part.

In Catholic doctrine an indulgence frees you from being punished for your previously committed sins or it can be passed on to dead relatives to shorten their time in purgatory.

Even those following events on TV and radio can achieve a partial indulgence as long as they recite the Our Father, the Creed and other devout prayers.

Martin Luther’s opposition to the sale of indulgences was one of the main causes of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century. more …

Crowds who came to see Pope John Paul II in Ireland in 1979

(1979 photo of millions gathered to meet Pope John Paul)

Opinion: In Roman Catholic theology, purgatory is an intermediate state after physical death in which some of those ultimately destined for heaven must first “undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness”. In simple terms, the sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the cross only covered the big sins, so there is a still penalty for some sins.

The doctrine of Purgatory is not supported in Scripture and is thought to date back to the 12th century AD.

In Revelation 2:18-29, the fourth church that Jesus spoke of is called Thyatira, which means continual sacrifice. In the Catholic Church, the Lord is still on the cross, and Catholics believe that the communion wafer becomes His actual body and blood as it is consumed.

Before receiving communion, however, the Catholic church teaches that confession of sins to a priest for forgiveness is mandatory therefore, on any given Sunday there are saved and unsaved people in the pews, depending on the severity of sin and whether a person has been to confession or not.

A partial indulgence takes care of most ordinary sin but a plenary takes care of all sin. (even for dead people):

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Jesus does not leave this church without hope.

Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): Only hold on to what you have until I come. (Rev. 2:26 NIV)

Those who do and cling tenaciously to Him will have their reward.

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  1. What a shock on judgement day to find out that the indulgence didn’t cut the mustard.
    This is what happens when man’s ambition distorts the church. Create an organizational chart from priest to Pope, then convince the minions that these people are the only way to salvation.

  2. I don’t follow many of the Pope’s activities, but do they issue these indulgences alot? Is the Pope the only one that can forgive sin or can a common priest do it. I mean, if you are going to relieve God of his authority to forgive sin, then you might need to share the burden.
    These people need to learn to read and crack open a bible. Otherwise it may be lambs to the slaughter.

    • The Catholic Church teaches that priests can forgive sins quoting John 20:23: “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained”. The context of John 20:23, however, is that Jesus was speaking to the disciples (v. 19). He breathed on them to receive the Holy Spirit (v. 22). There is nothing in the passage (or anywhere else in the New Testament) about apostolic succession that says priests have the authority to forgive sins and that it is passed down. Also, certain sins like divorce are passed up to the Bishop level and others like defiling the Eucharist only the Pope can forgive. Mark 2:5 teaches that only Jesus can forgive sins.

  3. Hmmmm! More biblically illiterate nonsense to be sponged up by the masses (no pun intended). They won’t accept the truth from the real Messiah but they’ll slurp up “sewer water” from the false messiah!

    BTW, author how would I get in contact with your publisher? I’ve been working on a book for over five years. My Tyndale thesis is the backbone for the book and I want someone in the publishing industry to sample it for publication possibilities. (Thanks)

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