Martin Luther was a ‘teacher of the faith’, say German bishops
(08-14-2016, 03:49 PM)ermy_law Wrote: I really don't see the problem with selling indulgences. Why shouldn't there be an indulgence for a work of sacrificial giving that is done alongside the usual conditions for an indulgence? If the interior intention is good, then providing for the upkeep of the church is meritorious.

Sure, it was abused, but every good work is subject to abuse, especially when the people aren't taught properly.

Selling indulgences is strictly wrong (ie a bishop grants an indulgence if you pay him 20 bucks to do so).  It would be simony.  There's a degree of separation when alms are given or help building a church is provided as the condition of an indulgence.  As you note that's fine in itself. The problem was, when money was involved it was subject to abuse as well as giving bad appearances, so indulgences involving money being given to the Church were forbidden as a practical matter, but not in principle.

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Re: Martin Luther was a ‘teacher of the faith’, say German bishops - by SaintSebastian - 08-15-2016, 09:03 AM

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