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Ok, so we’re back to purchasing tickets out of purgatory again, eh?

The NY Times reports:

“In recent months, dioceses around the world have been offering Catholics a spiritual benefit that fell out of favor decades ago — the indulgence, a sort of amnesty from punishment in the afterlife — and reminding them of the church’s clout in mitigating the wages of sin. . . . According to church teaching, even after sinners are absolved in the confessional and say their Our Fathers or Hail Marys as penance, they still face punishment after death, in Purgatory, before they can enter heaven. In exchange for certain prayers, devotions or pilgrimages in special years, a Catholic can receive an indulgence, which reduces or erases that punishment instantly, with no formal ceremony or sacrament.”

Not that we needed this for evidence, but it is more and more clear that the Roman Church’s claim to being Catholic is false. (ok, something that’s been glaringly obvious for over 500 years is not exactly a news flash, but it needs saying all the same).

So, the real answer to the question, “Is the Pope a catholic?” is “Not until he repents and leaves this sectarian, divisive church which has its headquarters in a really nice old building in Rome.”

[and I’ve been corrected, this is not something “new” (i.e. something resurrected that had been buried) rather, indulgences were never done away with, they’ve been around all along, you just can’t sell them for money anymore, as did our friend pictured above. Now, you simply have to pray or do some other works to get them.]

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