Pope Offers the World’s First Cyber Indulgence
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  • Pete

    Right now, Catholics shun the confessional box in drove, to say the least.

    If the Pope is going hi-tech, he might also consider call-in or Internet-type confessions.

    This will result in a flood of Catholics participating in the sacrament of penance.

    Hey, why not? It will happen sooner or later so why wait?

    • Andrew Allison

      Nothing, absolutely nothing, posted to the Internet is private. I don’t think there’s going to any stampede to confess your sins to NSA LOL

  • Ruth Murray

    Please note that this is an incomplete reporting. In addition to going to the trouble of going on a pilgrimage (and here, Pope Francis bends the rules a bit for those who cannot get there), an indulgence is NOT granted unless the person meets a variety of other conditions: one must pray for the intentions of the Pope, attend Mass and receive Holy Communion, and to to Confession, and sincerely free oneself from any attachment to even the most venial (small) sin. It’s the conversion of heart here that is the point of the whole matter. If you don’t understand that, it’s easy to jeer and point fingers.

    • Jim__L

      The Tetzel comparison wasn’t entirely fair, you’re right. But apart from that, the article brings up some good points, which are more positive than negative on today’s “rerum novarum”. Hopefully that bit of flippancy won’t discolor your view of VM too much, which has good quality religious coverage more often than not.

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