Why did the church sell indulgences?


Janelle Bristow   |   Member since 2016  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Indulgences were introduced to allow for the remission of the severe penances of the early Church and granted at the intercession of Christians awaiting martyrdom or at least imprisoned for the faith.

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Daron Blackburn   |   Member since 2020  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Similarly, you may ask, what did the church do with indulgence money?

An ' indulgence ' was part of the medieval Christian church, and a significant trigger to the Protestant Reformation. Basically, by purchasing an indulgence, an individual could reduce the length and severity of punishment that heaven would require as payment for their sins, or so the church claimed.

Furthermore, when did the Catholic Church start selling indulgences? The first known use of plenary indulgences was in 1095 when Pope Urban II remitted all penance of persons who participated in the crusades and who confessed their sins. Later, the indulgences were also offered to those who couldn't go on the Crusades but offered cash contributions to the effort instead.


Owen Speed   |   Member since 2018  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Likewise, what were indulgences and why did they become so popular?

In the Catholic Church, an indulgence is the remission of punishment caused by sin. As indulgences became popular throughout the Middle Ages, so too did their abuse. Church officials sometimes sold indulgences at high costs, or promised spiritual rewards they were not authorized to offer.


Chester Overson   |   Member since 2008  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

How did the Catholic Church defend the selling of indulgences?

They said that you won't go to heaven. Why would selling indulgences not have been possible before Europe had switched to a money economy? Because then no one would want one.


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Melinda Whatson   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

What is an example of an indulgence?

The definition of indulgence is the act of giving way to one's desires, something granted as a privilege or something that is enjoyed out of gratification. An example of indulgence is eating an extra truffle.


Thea Vinton   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

Why was Johann Tetzel important?

Tetzel was known for granting indulgences on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church in exchange for money, which are claimed to allow a remission of temporal punishment due to sin, the guilt of which has been forgiven, a position heavily challenged by Martin Luther. This contributed in part to the Reformation.


Barney Hobbs   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

Did Martin Luther believe in purgatory?

Luther became increasingly angry about the clergy selling 'indulgences' - promised remission from punishments for sin, either for someone still living or for one who had died and was believed to be in purgatory. On 31 October 1517, he published his '95 Theses', attacking papal abuses and the sale of indulgences.


Chris Lloyd   |   Member since 2014  |  ✔ Verified

What is an indulgence in the church?

In the teaching of the Catholic Church, an indulgence (Latin: indulgentia, from *dulge?, 'persist') is "a way to reduce the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins". The recipient of an indulgence must perform an action to receive it.


Marilyn York   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

Does the Catholic Church still believe in limbo?

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church has effectively buried the concept of limbo, the place where centuries of tradition and teaching held that babies who die without baptism went.


Miley Spencer   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

What did the Catholic Church sell for indulgences?

One particularly well-known Catholic method of exploitation in the Middle Ages was the practice of selling indulgences, a monetary payment of penalty which, supposedly, absolved one of past sins and/or released one from purgatory after death.


Analise Ranks   |   Member since 2009  |  ✔ Verified

What are indulgence goods?

Definition of indulgence. 1 : remission of part or all of the temporal and especially purgatorial punishment that according to Roman Catholicism is due for sins whose eternal punishment has been remitted and whose guilt has been pardoned (as through the sacrament of reconciliation)


Ryan Mcgregor   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

When did the church stop selling indulgences?

1567


Lynn Nielson   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

Does the church still sell indulgences?

You can get one for yourself, or for someone who is dead. You cannot buy one the church outlawed the sale of indulgences in 1567 but charitable contributions, combined with other acts, can help you earn one. There is a limit of one plenary indulgence per sinner per day. It has no currency in the bad place.


Henry Allen   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

What is meant by plenary indulgence?

Definition of plenary indulgence. : a remission of the entire temporal punishment for sin.


Ronald Price   |   Member since 2009  |  ✔ Verified

What did Martin Luther say about indulgences?

"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven." Joel Hodge, from ACU's School of Theology, says the belief is that indulgences can reduce believers' need for purification from the effects of sin in Purgatory before they can enter heaven.


Fiona West   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

Where does it mention purgatory in the Bible?

Roman Catholic Christians who believe in purgatory interpret passages such as 2 Maccabees 12:41-46, 2 Timothy 1:18, Matthew 12:32, Luke 16:19-16:26, Luke 23:43, 1 Corinthians 3:11-3:15 and Hebrews 12:29 as support for prayer for purgatorial souls who are believed to be within an active interim state for the dead


Vivian Freeburn   |   Member since 2015  |  ✔ Verified

Where is purgatory?

The Orthodox Church does not believe in purgatory (a place of purging), that is, the inter-mediate state after death in which the souls of the saved (those who have not received temporal punishment for their sins) are purified of all taint preparatory to entering into Heaven, where every soul is perfect and fit to see


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