In the apostolic constitution Indulgentiarum doctrina, Blessed Pope Paul VI defines indulgences as, “a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to. INDULGENTIARUM DOCTRINA Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI on the Church’s teaching regarding indulgences, that they are founded on divine. Indulgentiarum Doctrina is an apostolic constitution issued by Pope Paul VI in , revising the Church’s practice regarding indulgences.

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An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been doctirna, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains indulyentiarum certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints CCC Note that several English translations are posted online on various Catholic websites, but they are previous, outdated editions and are indulgentiaeum incomplete.

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An indulgence is partial or plenary accordingly, as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due sin. Since by docyrina acts the faithful can obtain, in addition to the merit which is the principal fruit of the act, a further remission of temporal punishment in proportion to the degree to which the charity of the one performing the act is greater, and in proportion to the degree to which the act itself is performed in a more perfect way, it has been considered fitting that this remission of temporal punishment which the Christian faithful acquire through an action should serve as the measurement for the remission of punishment which the ecclesiastical indulgentlarum bountifully adds by way of partial indulgence.

Council of Florence, decree for the Greeks DS Leo the Great, letter6 PL 54, The doctrine and practice of indulgences which have been in force for many centuries in the Catholic Church have a solid foundation in divine revelation 1 which comes from the Apostles and “develops in the Church with the help of the Holy Spirit,” while “as the centuries succeed one another the Church constantly moves forward toward the fullness of divine truth until the words of God reach their complete soctrina in her.

What Are the Church’s Current Rules on Indulgences?

The Pope indicated that it is preferable to concentrate on the spiritual significance of the indulgenced work itself, rather than focusing on numerical calculations:. It has also been considered fitting to reduce appropriately the number of plenary indulgences in order that the faithful may hold them in greater esteem and may in fact acquire them with the proper dispositions.

Council of Nicea 1, can. The Church also in our days then invites all its sons to ponder and meditate well on how the use of indulgences benefits their lives and indeed all Christian society. An indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned.


For this reason there certainly exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in purgatory and those who are still pilgrims on earth a perennial link of charity and an abundant exchange of all the goods by which, with the expiation of all the sins of the entire Mystical Body, divine justice is placated.

Any edition of the Raccolta today should be considered out-of-date in terms of the indulgences it contains, although it certainly remains a beautiful collection of Catholic prayers. God’s mercy is thus led to forgiveness, so that sincerely repentant sinners may participate as soon as possible in the full enjoyment of the benefits of the family of God.

Indulgences attached to the use of religious objects which are not mentioned above cease three months after the date of dctrina of this constitution in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis.

Indulgentiarum Doctrina explains the conditions which must be fulfilled in order to gain a plenary docrtina Norms Who has the authority to grant indulgences? The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church.

Augustine, exposition on Psalm 85, 1 CCL 39, p. Religious institutes and the like, to which grants of plenary indulgences, for instance for visiting a particular church or shrine, had been previously made, were given a year from the date of promulgation of Indulgentiarum Doctrina to have them confirmed, and any that were not confirmed mostly in a more limited way than before [12] within two years became null and void.

Where once we might have been obliged to sit in sackcloth and ashes in a public place for X number of days, as a way of doing penance for sins we had committed, an indulgence enables us to do the equivalent amount of penance by saying certain prayers or doing other works instead.

This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat These new norms regulating the acquisition of indulgences will become valid three months from the date of publication of this constitution in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis.

Indulgentiarum Doctrina – Wikipedia

The rulings of the Code of Canon Law and of the decrees of the Holy See concerning indulgences which do not go counter to the new norms remain unchanged. Scheel, Tubingenp. Following in the footsteps of Christ, 16 the Christian faithful have always endeavored to help one another on the path leading to the heavenly Father through prayer, the exchange of spiritual goods and penitential expiation. Cyprian, De Lapsis 17, The text of canon in the Code of Canon Law is virtually identical.

Thus the order of charity is preserved, into which is incorporated the remission of punishment by distribution from the Church’s treasury. In purgatory, in fact, the souls of those “who died in the charity of God and truly repentant, but before satisfying with worthy fruits of penance for sins committed and for omissions 9 are cleansed after death with purgatorial punishments. Indulgences can always be applied to the dead by way of suffrage.


Is the matter finished?

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It has something in common with other ways or means of eliminating the vestiges of sin but at the same time it is clearly distinct from them. So what prayers and works are indulgenced?

The Apostles themselves, in fact, exhorted their disciples to pray for the salvation of sinners. The remission of the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven insofar as their guilt is concerned has been called specifically “indulgence. A specific plenary indulgence is normally authorized to those properly disposed who attend a newly ordained priest’s First Mass which will usually be a Mass of Thanksgiving. This is not the same as any indulgence granted, if any, from attending the Ordination Mass itself, since he only concelebrates that Mass, with the ordaining Bishop being the principal celebrant.

In drawing up the new norms these three considerations have been particularly observed: Therefore the union of the wayfarers with the brethren who have gone to sleep in the peace of Christ is not in the least weakened or interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the perpetual faith of the Church, is strengthened by a communication of spiritual goods. The bishops, therefore, prudently assessing these matters, established the manner and the measure of the satisfaction to be made and indeed permitted canonical penances to be replaced by other possibly easier works, which would be useful to the common good and suitable for fostering piety, to be performed by the penitents themselves and sometimes by others among the faithful.

Idem, Letter 19 [alias: Older Catholics are usually quite familiar with prayers to which the Church had, in previous years, attached an indulgence described in terms of time: This entry was posted in Other Canonical Questions and tagged canon lawCatholicindulgencepapal blessing. It is further required that all attachment to sin, even to venial sin, be absent. For this purpose, Paul VI decreed that partial indulgencespreviously granted as the equivalent of a certain number of days, months, quarantines, [6] or years of canonical penancesimply supplement, and to the same degree, the remission that those performing the indulgenced action already gain by the charity and contrition with which they do it.

Every sin in fact causes a perturbation in the universal order established by God in His ineffable wisdom and infinite charity, and the destruction of immense values with respect to the sinner himself and to the human community. The Church holds that the Pope has this authority because of what Christ told His apostles: Clement of Alexandria, Lib. Further, this only applies to his First Mass, and not to any subsequent Masses of Thanksgiving he offers afterwards, or to his first Mass at his first assignment.

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