Indulgences: Not a “Get Out of Hell Free” Card

Indulgences. A *get out of hell free* card? Money grab by the Catholic Church? Outdated and no longer in existence? No, nope, and negative. A beautiful practice in charity? A means for spiritual discipline? A gift from the Church to spur Christians on to holiness? Yep, yes, and you betcha. Listen as Richaél Lucero explains the role of indulgences in the Church today. As well as, what they are, why you’d want them, how to get them and more. 

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Resources referenced:

  • 1999 Manual of Indulgences in PDF format curtesy of This will tell you all the instances you can get indulgences and what’s required. Click to view the PDF

Quotes referenced:

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that before the Final Judgement, there is a purifying fire.

St. Gregory the Great, CCC 1031

The Church does not want simply to come to the aid of these Christians [ seeking indulgences], but also to spur them to works of devotion, penance, and charity.

St. Pope Paul VI, CCC 1478

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