The New York Times had an article today about the Catholic church returning to granting indulgences in a big way. It seems that they no longer require the clink of a coin to spring someone from purgatory; 1857 saw the banning of the sale of indulgences. A Brooklyn church lists the requirements as “going to confession, receiving holy communion, saying a prayer for the pope and achieving ‘complete detachment from any inclination to sin.'” It sounds like most would find it easier to plunk a few coins into the box than try and achieve complete detachment from any inclination to sin but I certainly wish them all the best as they try.
February 9, 2009