No in­dul­gences

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

The com­men­tary “Al Gore’s re­mis­sion of sin” by Tony Blank­ley (March 12 edi­tion) leads the reader to be­lieve that the Catholic Church sells in­dul­gences, just as Gore’s com­pany sells car­bon off­sets. Some in­di­vid­u­als were guilty of this abuse in the Mid­dle Ages, which is not to con­demn the en­tire church, and was cor­rected many years ago.

Ac­cord­ing to this re­view: Sin­ner pays church for in­dul­gence, sin­ner pays com­pany for off­sets, sin­ner is re­leased from re­mis­sion of sin, char­la­tans, church/Gore reap prof­its.

Chris­tians do not pay for in­dul­gences. The Code of Canon Law is the ab­so­lute for Catholics. It re­veals the faith­ful can gain par­tial or ple­nary in­dul­gences for them­selves or ap­ply them for the dead by way of suf­frage (in­ter­ces­sory prayer). Also, the true in­tent of the in­dul­gence is sorely mis­rep­re­sented. Anne Schap­son Co­coa, Florida

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