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14 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana March 4, 1988 Question Corner Q&A By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN NC News Service Columnist Asking for clarification on the subject of indulgences Q, Please address the subject of indulgences in your column. I am interested particarly in the ways in which a person can gain an indulgence, but have been unable to locate a decent book or :leaflet on the subject. We used to hear about them a lot but not anymore. When I was young there were many ways to gain an indulgence, but I now hear that is ot true. I would appreciate some clarification. --Maryland 'i :: A; You're correct. There is no question that the church is far more cautions than formerly in speaking of indulgences. This aspect of our aith :i: been badly misunderstood and abused in the : past, largely because'people lost sight of two an- Cient Christian truths on which traditional teaching i:about indulgences was based. First,: ;every sin is not only adisobedience of :d s law; it is a violation of the order of creation i:: community established byGod and a rejection The doctrine of the communion of saints, a vivid reality for the early Christians, taught that all children of God in Christ, whether in this life or in eternity, are linked:in the Mystical Body. In light of this truth, said Pope Paul, the Catholics believed, an indulgence of one year, for example, did not mean one year "off of Purgatory." As I have noted before, what does "one year" mean in timeless eternity? 3. Plenary indulgences can be gained only church "undertook various ways of applying the once a day with proper conditions fulfilled. fruits of our.Lord s redemption to the individual 4.:. The church is greatly concerned today to faithful and of leadingthem to cooperate in the keep the understanding of indulgences in harmony salvation of their brot}lers; so the entire body of the with the Gospel and the teachings of Vatican church might be prepared" for the fullness of Council II. , God'S kinsclom (DI 6), . In all this, as in allspiritual practices, "it is The full (plenary) or partial remission of this hoped that the faithful will be more effectively :" temporal punishment for already forgiven sins. moved to live holier and more useful lives thus through prayer; fasting ud good .works has been healing the :. split between: faith  which many pro: called indulgence for hundreds of years. The less and their daily lives ,., by gathering their principles of faith involved go back to thebegin', humane, domestic, professional, social and " ning. 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