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