Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Black Friday Special: From Pope Francis/Indulgences!

  ...On Black Friday, Francis announced “Get out of Purgatory Free” 

cards, 

otherwise known as plenary indulgences. 

For those unfamiliar with the term, “Purgatory” is where one’s soul is 

excoriated until it shines brightly enough for heaven. 

Though the sacrament of penance forgives people of their sins, 

forgiveness in the Catholic dogmatic style does not include 

freedom from punishment.  

The Catholic Church teaches that people commit sins, and 

God forgives them using priests in confessionals as conduits, 

but then God will still exact at least a pound of flesh in punishment,

 typically in this quaint place called Purgatory. 

 It’s kind of like saying, “I forgive you for eating my cookie, but trust me, Bucko, 

I’m still going to make you pay for doing it.”  

This might sound to the inexperienced as a non-forgiving 

form of forgiveness but let us not get caught up in pesky details 

lest we miss out on Pope Francis’ Black Friday special...."

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