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Need help understanding indulgences
June 21st, 2016

Editor’s note: As a policy we don’t print anonymous letters but we make an exception for the following, addressed to the editor and postmarked San Francisco June 10. We welcome helpful letters in response.

Re “Indulgences,” Year of Mercy Pilgrimages special section, Page P4, May 26:

Could you possibly explain in simple terms what this “treasury” is? It’s very vague. I envision a kind of ATM machine. Who has access to it? “This treasury is the power of the divine love coursing through the veins of the mystical body of Christ” – this is also very difficult to understand. Help us, please.

Also from that article is this statement: “Finally the church has the power to ‘super-charge’ the good actions of the faithful with the merits from this treasury.”

Pope Francis has said that we should not be teaching “complex doctrine” only. My fellow parishioners are clueless about the magical treasure.


From June 23, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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