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Indulgence clarification: Total detachment from sin

November 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Indulgences, Theophilus

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Dear Father Edward, my friends were asking last night about the idea of total detachment from sin as a requirement for plenary indulgence- they were desperate that such a goal is unattainable- total detachment from venial sin- did Father clarify that on the SD site or somewhere else or can you point me to another source to refer to them to guide and comfort their souls. It seems the Church would never... Read More

More indulgence clarification…

October 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Indulgences, Penance/Confession, Sin

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Dear Father John, As I read your excellent posts on indulgences. A question occurred to me. If a person were to perform these suggested spiritual exercises without asking for the indulgence, would he still obtain the indulgence? Also since no longer are there no longer specified “time outs” applied to the purgatory… how do we arrive at how many indulgences are enough to avoid as much... Read More

Plenary Indulgences and Purgatory – Part III of III

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Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of our series on plenary indulgences. You can find the previous installment in our series here. Based on your feedback and further consideration on the initial question, I thought I should share a few more thoughts on this topic. The Days of Our Indulgences I want to start with two clarifications. First of all, one reader referred to the older practice of... Read More

Plenary indulgences and purgatory – Part II of III

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Dear Father John, Please explain Plenary Indulgences. If one confession fulfills the requirement of plenary indulgences 8 days before and 8 days after, it seems to me that if someone went to Communion everyday, prayed for the intentions of the Holy Father everyday and prayed the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament everyday, that she could release 17 souls from purgatory in 17 days. Is that right? Last... Read More

Plenary Indulgences and Purgatory – Part I of III

September 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Hell & Purgatory, Indulgences, Salvation, Sin

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Dear Father John, please explain plenary indulgences. If one confession fulfills the requirement of plenary indulgences 8 days before and 8 days after, it seems to me that if someone went to Communion everyday, prayed for the intentions of the Holy Father everyday and prayed the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament everyday, that she could release 17 souls from purgatory in 17 days. Is that right? Aside... Read More

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