Friday, October 22, 2010

Plenary Indulgences: Confusing Catholic teachings:

Our breakfast conversation this morning...

I found this info here:

1. What is an indulgence?

"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church, which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfaction of Christ and the saints."

2. What is a plenary indulgence?

An indulgence is plenary if it removes all the temporal punishment due to sin.

3. What is a partial indulgence?

An indulgence is partial if it removes part of the temporal punishment due to sin.

4. To whom may an indulgence be applied?

It may be applied by the faithful for themselves or for the dead.

5. What is the basis of indulgence?

Sin has a double consequence – eternal punishment (due to grave sin) and temporal punishment. The forgiveness of sin and restoration of communion with God entail the remission of eternal punishment, but temporal punishment remains. Indulgence removes all (plenary) or part of (partial) temporal punishment.

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