I saw an article today about the Vatican’s latest antics. If you know the history of the Roman Catholic church, you may know about indulgences. If I am correct, indulgences are things that are sold or earned to decrease one’s punishment time for their sins. While not in hell, the sinner must go to a place called purgatory to be made holy enough to gain entrance into heaven. Purgatory is a place the Catholics believe people go to after they are absolved of their sins but before they go to heaven. In old times, corrupt churchmen sold indulgences for a lot of money, and now, indulgences are back in play!
There are multiple ways to earn an indulgence now. In one particular path to gain an indulgence, one must follow the pope’s tweets to keep up with events such as the Catholic World Youth Day.
I, personally, was surprised that the pope had a twitter account. Also, the fact that indulgences are being sold again and that following the pope’s tweets being one way to get indulgences provided a bit of a chuckle for me.
Supposedly this method of obtaining an indulgence is one of multiple ways for people who cannot afford to fly out to Brazil for the Catholic World Youth Day or to fly to Rome to climb the Sacred Steps in order to earn an indulgence, but what about the people who don’t have twitter accounts….. or computers?
I hope I haven’t insulted anyone. The whole idea of earning indulgences so that you can get to heaven quicker is a bit ridiculous to me. Perhaps I don’t understand something, and if you feel that is the case, feel free to educate me on the matter in the comment section!