Posted by: Jim | February 10, 2009

Back Already

Naturally, as soon as I give myself an excuse to not blog, some article out of nowhere hits me over the head like a frying pan and I must blog about it.

Newsflash: Catholics are selling indulgences again.

That’s right, the wages of sin is hell, or purgatory for a bit, unless you fork over some dough and do some charitable acts in this life.

Oh, but you can’t “buy” one:

You cannot buy one — the church outlawed the sale of indulgences in 1567 — but charitable contributions, combined with other acts, can help you earn one.

So you can’t give the church money and receive an indulgence in return. But you can DONATE money to the church (and ostensibly do some Hail Marys) and EARN one. This way the church will still not have to pay taxes on what they are selling, you see.

Now I don’t mean to pick on the Catholic church over any other fairy tale, but how can any adult who honestly inquires about his/her religion not see that this is of purely human origin?



  1. I never understood Catholicism, and this complicates it more. More power to ’em. It’s just not for me.

  2. What is an Indulgence as far as Catholicism is concerned?

  3. According to Wiki: an Indulgence is the full or partial remission of temporal punishment due for sins which have already been forgiven. The indulgence is granted by the church after the sinner has confessed and received absolution.[1] The belief is that indulgences draw on the storehouse of merit acquired by Jesus’ sacrifice and the virtues and penances of the saints.[2] They are granted for specific good works and prayers.[2]

  4. So without an Indulgence, then you might not have a full or partial remission of PUNISHMENT? Due to sins that have ALREADY been forgiven?? I’ve never heard of a storehouse of merit, that’s very different than what I have read in the Bible. Thanks for the explanation.

  5. Yeah Ted, it seems like the concept of an indulgence sort-of negates the entire concept of teh New Testament Gospel. Heheh.

  6. Okay, time for Martin Luther to nail his 95 Theses to the door again, the Catholic church has forgotten its most painful lesson (well, it was 1517). All hail the Re-Reformation!

    This time I don’t expect the entire direction of Western Civilisation to change…

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