Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $78,509
Woo hoo!! And now less than $9.5k to go and only $700 to the yellow!! We can do this. Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: indulgences

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • If we’re going to fix climate change, we’ll have to get creative

    01/07/2016 2:16:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2016 | By Thomas Kostigen
    The developing world deserves reparations from wealthier nations as compensation for the harmful climate change effects that are mostly our fault. It's us who have tainted our global commons by emitting vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and us whose actions have led to extreme weather and other disasters in the world's most vulnerable regions. But a strictly financial mea culpa from rich nations won't be enough. Rich countries should also invest in geoengineering projects to provide solutions for those on the front lines of climate change: those who cannot afford to pay for more adaptive and resilient...
  • What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?

    05/20/2015 8:17:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies ^ | not given | Jimmy Aking
    What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?  by Jimmy Akin Ever since Luther's Ninety-Five Theses was posted in 1517 to the door of the castle church in Wittenburg, the topic of indulgences has been a controversial one. In this article Jimmy Akin explains exactly what indulgences are and how they may be applied by Catholics to mitigate the temporal punishment due to sin. He discusses the nature of punishment, the role of grace, and the role of the Church, ending with an explanation of how an indulgence may be obtained. October 31, 1517, is sometimes celebrated as the birth date...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-02-14, Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

    11/01/2014 8:50:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies ^ | 11-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 2, 2014The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) The following are a selection of the readings that may be chosen for this day. Reading 1 Wis 3:1-9 The souls of the just are in the hand of God,and no torment shall touch them.They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;and their passing away was thought an afflictionand their going forth from us, utter destruction.But they are in peace.For if before men, indeed, they be punished,yet is their hope full of immortality;chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,because God tried themand found them...
  • Indulgences about relationship with God, not Twitter followers, theologian says

    07/18/2013 8:29:02 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 5 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | July 17, 2013 | By Maria Wiering
    Like Pope Benedict XVI before him, Pope Francis has decreed a plenary indulgence for the millions of pilgrims attending World Youth Day, a biennial international event planned for July 23-28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also extending it to those who can not make the pilgrimage in person, but participate closely through social media, including Twitter. Those seeking an indulgence must meet other usual conditions, including going to confession, receiving the Eucharist and praying for the intentions of the pope. Headlines announcing the news have ranged from How to save your soul: in 140 characters or less in...
  • Vatican announces indulgences for World Youth Day

    07/09/2013 10:22:45 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 98 replies
    CNS ^ | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To help encourage prayers for a spiritually fruitful World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, the Vatican announced July 9 that Pope Francis authorized a special indulgence for those who attend the event's liturgies and prayer services or follow along online in the proper spirit of prayer and contrition. Pope Francis decreed that World Youth Day participants can receive one plenary, or full, indulgence a day if they meet the usual conditions. World Youth Day runs July 23-28; the pope arrives July 22. An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment a person is due...
  • Year of Faith: Indulgences and Places of Pilgrimage [Ecumenical]

    01/13/2013 12:54:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 11-08-12 | Most Rev. John Vlazny
    Year of Faith: Indulgences and Places of Pilgrimage Most Rev. John VlaznyArchbishop of Portland Who among us would claim not to be a sinner? Who is without need of forgiveness? All our sins have consequences. They disrupt our relationship with God and the church. They make it difficult for us to resist temptations and they certainly hurt other people. Healing is necessary and sometimes help is needed. Our prayers, fasting, almsgiving and works of charity truly help the healing process. But over the centuries the church has offered another aid, indulgences. Church law and the Catechism of the Catholic...
  • Joel Osteen Warms Up for Night of Hope in DC

    04/17/2012 9:54:52 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 10 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 17, 2012 | JP
    Joel Osteen was in the Nations Capital last night. The popular pastor of Houstons Lakewood Church threw out the first pitch at a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the visiting Houston Astros. Osteen, who boasts the nations largest congregation, running more than 43,000 worshippers through his megachurch every weekend, will return to D.C. at the end of the April when he holds his fourth annual Night of Hope at Nationals Park. Not since evangelist Billy Graham has an American pastor so regularly filled arenas and stadia throughout the country. Osteen finds the ballpark an ideal backdrop for a...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Sacraments: Opportunities of Grace: Reconciliation

    04/19/2010 9:56:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies · 271+ views ^ | 1985-1997 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Pearl Jam plants trees to offset emissions

    03/29/2010 8:31:12 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 26 replies · 577+ views ^ | 29 March 2010 | Erin Ailworth
    Pearl Jam's band members are working to be better men. The rock group is partnering with Cascade Land Conservancy -- which works to preserve forests, parks and other natural areas -- to plant approximately 33 acres of native trees and plants around the Puget Sound. It's all in an effort to offset carbon emissions from the band's 2009 world tour. The group generated an estimated 5,474 metric tons of carbon during that 32-date run of concerts. Pearl Jam is donating $210,000 to fund the plantings, which are expected mitigate more than 7,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. The greenhouse gas...
  • A Primer on Indulgences

    01/24/2010 11:15:25 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 490+ views
    The punishment already inflicted by the majority on such a one is enough; you should now relent and support him so that he may not be crushed by too great a weight of sorrow. 2 Cor. 2:6-7 Indulgences rank among the most poorly understood blessings of the Catholic Church. An indulgence is not permission from the Church to indulge in sin. It is not being indulgent with sinners. It is not the pardon of sin nor the remission of guilt. Now according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment...
  • Carbon permits fall sharply after Copenhagen accord

    12/21/2009 9:57:06 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies · 1,097+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Dec. 21, 2009, 7:50 a.m. EST | Simon Kennedy, MarketWatch
    Prices drop as European Union sticks to 2020 emissions targetLONDON (MarketWatch) -- The price of European carbon emission permits dropped nearly 9% Monday after climate talks in Copenhagen resulted in an accord that fell short of initial expectations.Emission allowances for December 2010 delivery fell to 12.77 euros a ton Monday, from Friday's settlement price of 13.58 euros. The contract earlier dropped as much as 8.7% to 12.40 euros a ton. Emission allowances haven't traded that low in more than six months. The decline came after the United Nation's Copenhagen summit acknowledged a U.S.-led accord to combat climate change and prevent...
  • The Money and Connections Behind Al Gores Carbon Crusade

    10/13/2007 4:35:26 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 69 replies · 3,134+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/03/2007 | Deborah Corey Barnes
    Al Gores campaign against global warming is shifting into high gear. Reporters and commentators follow his every move and bombard the public with notice of his activities and opinions. But while the mainstream media promote his ideas about the state of planet Earth, they are mostly silent about the dramatic impact his economic proposals would have on America. And journalists routinely ignore evidence that he may personally benefit from his programs. Would the romance fizzle if Gores followers realized how much their man stands to gain? Earlier this year Gore experienced a notable public relations debacle. The Tennessee Center for...

    02/27/2009 10:26:04 AM PST · by lightman · 9 replies · 441+ views
    LutheranCORE ^ | 27 February AD 2009 | Pr. Jonathan Jenkins
    IMPLEMENTING RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE MINISTRY OF ROSTERED INDULGENCES SALESPERSONS Indulgences must be preached with caution... Martin Luther, 95 Theses, No. 41 WHEREAS, guided by the Holy Spirit, this church raises up, calls, supports, and maintains rosters of ordained ministers, associates in ministry, deaconesses, and diaconal ministers for public ministry in service of the mission of Christ and seeks faithful to discern in each situation what will best serve that mission; and WHEREAS,some members, congregations, candidacy committees, and synods of the ELCA have discerned gifts and skills for rostered ministry in some people who are or contemplate preaching the...
  • California joins major North American effort to curb greenhouse gases

    07/23/2008 3:25:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 142+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/23/8 | Matthew Yi
    California, six other Western states and four Canadian provinces will launch a market-based carbon trading system in a major North American effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, according to a draft proposal released today. When it officially begins in four years, the program would first target heavy polluters such as electric utilities, oil refineries and large industrial and commercial facilities, which would be required to begin reporting emission levels beginning in 2011 to allow participating governments to agree on the maximum level of emissions for the region. The plan also includes an offsets system, part of...
  • Carbon zombies attack economy

    06/12/2008 2:24:45 AM PDT · by Clive · 26 replies · 177+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2008-06-12 | Lorrie Goldstein
    Somewhere on the road to Kyoto, Canada turned into the land of the carbon zombies. Like the walking undead, blood-sucking politicians of all stripes are howling at each other over discredited ways to reduce carbon emissions that other countries, having tried to implement, are running away from in terror. In Europe, politicians who boasted they were leading the fight to save Gaia from global warming are now fleeing before enraged mobs of citizens, furious their governments' plans to "save the planet" have turned out to be nothing more than skyrocketing taxes and energy prices. That, plus a "cap-and-trade" carbon market...
  • NBC's Green Fraud

    11/10/2007 8:23:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 206+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 10, 2007 | Jonah Goldberg
    'WE have turned out the lights in the studio," NBC's Bob Costas told viewers of Sunday's Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game, "to kick off a week that will include more than 150 hours of programming designed to raise awareness about environmental issues." Discerning viewers with eyes keen enough to pierce the sanctimonious glare of Costas' candlelit silhouette may have noticed that the stadium's klieg lights still shone brightly. On a typical game day, a large football stadium burns about 65,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and 35,000 cubic feet of natural gas. The cars driving to the game spew about 200 metric...
  • If You Are Saved, Are Your Future Sins Forgiven?

    10/28/2007 5:11:19 PM PDT · by pinochet · 684 replies · 1,255+ views
    10/28/07 | Pinochet
    I am a Catholic who is trying to understand Protestant history and teachings, in order to better understand the history of Christianity. There is one issue that I do not understand. According to Protestant teachings, if a person becomes saved, are his future sins forgiven? Can a person lose his salvation? If not, can assurance of salvation become a license to sin? If Ted Haggard had gone to be with the Lord early last year, while in the process of getting a "massage" from his male "friend", would he have gone straight to heaven?
  • Carbon credits may reduce only guilt

    05/07/2007 1:01:56 AM PDT · by highlander_UW · 47 replies · 1,823+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 5/6/07 | staff
    Carbon credits may reduce only guilt So far, offsets 'yield few if any environmental benefits' ......... How clean is your carbon credit? Carbon credits are advertised as a way for polluters to offset the greenhouse gases they produce. ....... Worse, reports of fraud and abuse are piling up. Most recently, an investigation by The Financial Times found that companies and individuals "rushing to go green have been spending millions on 'carbon credit' projects that yield few if any environmental benefits."
  • Foreign windbag Gore should keep his nose out of our business

    05/02/2007 11:22:17 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 31 replies · 1,282+ views
    The Vancouver Province ^ | Tuesday, May 01, 2007 | Alan Ferguson
    H aven't we heard enough from Al Gore, the U.S. windbag turned Hollywood celebrity who presumes to lecture Canadians on their environmental responsibilities? The failed U.S. presidential candidate spends a lot of time in Canada, perhaps because he finds it fertile ground for self-enrichment. The multi-millionaire with a carbon footprint the size of a Sasquatch was in Toronto at the weekend, preening himself among adoring fans. He was introducing a showing of his Oscar-winning movie An Inconvenient Truth, that apocalyptic vision of a world in meltdown that has earned him the soubriquet of "the world's most famous environmentalist." Gore, whose...
  • Is Global Warming a Sin? (You're not going to believe this!!!)

    05/01/2007 8:06:36 PM PDT · by Valin · 57 replies · 4,194+ views
    The Nation ^ | 4/26/07 | Alexander Cockburn
    In a couple of hundred years historians will be comparing the frenzies over our supposed human contribution to global warming to the tumults at the latter end of the tenth century as the Christian millennium approached. Then as now, the doomsters identified human sinfulness as the propulsive factor in the planet's rapid downward slide. Then as now, a buoyant market throve on fear. The Roman Catholic Church sold indulgences like checks. The sinners established a line of credit against bad behavior and could go on sinning. Today a world market in "carbon credits" is in formation. Those whose "carbon footprint"...
  • Carbon Offsets: Today's Version of Indulgences?

    03/08/2007 1:01:59 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 36 replies · 651+ views
    3/08/07 | Reaganesque
    In the early part of the Sixteenth Century, some Catholic priests, mainly in Germany, were accused of selling Indulgences to rich patrons who donated towards the rebuilding of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Indulgences, as practiced by these particular priests, forgave the sinner of his or her sins for a fee. This was a corruption of Catholic doctrine so let's not get into that aspect of this subject; however, it does bring up an interesting point (or analogy) about today's politics. Today, we have the "Pope" of all Eco-lytes Al "The Benificent" Gore and his minions, handing out carbon offset...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 03-02-07 ("Gore Critics Are Right")

    03/02/2007 5:15:42 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 78 replies · 1,846+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | March 2, 2007 | KOmmies and PJ-Comix
    Hey Liberals! Do you have a guilty conscience over blabbering about conservation but your home leaves 20 times the carbon footprint of the average home? No problem. Just by Carbon Credit Indulgences to assuage your eco guilt as Al Gore has done. And who can you buy those Carbon Credit Indulgences from? You can make your payments to Generation Investment Management which, by the strangest of coincidences, is the same company founded by Al Gore who also places his enormous carbon footprint there as Chairman. Therefore Al Gore is buying indulgences from himself and he urges all of you...
  • Take My Emissions, Please

    03/01/2007 3:53:18 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 19 replies · 733+ views
    With a winter that brought snow to Tucson, Ariz., and 70-degree weather to New York City -- along with an Academy Award for the global-warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" -- climate change has become more ingrained in the public consciousness. Not everyone may be willing to overhaul their lives to accommodate the environment, but more people are opting for the rising number of options offered by companies to neutralize their "carbon footprints," meaning the amount of energy they consume. Most carbon-offset programs require consumers to make small payments that in turn go to programs that create renewable energy or absorb...
  • Is Purchasing Carbon Offsets Similar To Naming A Star?

    03/01/2007 10:47:07 AM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 71 replies · 1,608+ views
    Purchasing carbon offsets brokered by AlGore reminds me of the sales gimmickry surrounding the Naming Stars routine; except with star naming, everyone understands from the onset, its a novelty item.
  • Neutralize Your Pollution; Fight Global Warming

    02/25/2007 4:25:46 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 48 replies · 941+ views
    Environmental Defense ^ | Environmental Defense
    You can neutralize the rest of your pollutionthrough offsets. When you buy offsets, you essentially pay someone to reduce or remove global warming pollution in your name. For example, when you buy 10 tons of carbon offsets, the seller guarantees that 10 fewer tons of global warming pollution go into the atmosphere. While the pollution you produce yourself is the same, you get the credit for that 10-ton reduction.
  • (Vanity) Indulgences, or Divine Secrets of the Yo-Yo Sisterhood

    12/03/2006 5:31:31 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies · 1,170+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 12-03-2006 | grey_whiskers
    One of the historical scandals of the Catholic Church has been the practice of granting indulgences: in layman's terms, the selling of pardon for sins in consideration of political or monetary favors granted to the hierarchy. Not only was this practice morally repellent at the time, as this practice helped fuel the Protestant Reformation, but it has helped undermine the credibility of the Catholic Church as an institution for centuries afterwards. One is tempted to ask, weren't these people thinking at all? Or was the practice just one more example of the adage that power corrupts? But we should not...
  • Merit

    02/10/2006 11:35:15 AM PST · by annalex · 13 replies · 692+ views
    Catholic Encyclopedia, abridged by Annalex ^ | 1911 | Catholic Encyclopedia, abridged by Annalex
    Merit Abridged by Annalex FOREWORD This is an abridgement of long and detailed Catholic Encyclopedia article on Merit where I condense the necessary definitions and distinctions in a more concise manner, omitting discussion that seemed to me too arcane. I follow the same subtitle structure as the original and invite the reader to study the original sections for deeper understanding. Much of this abridgement is directly copied from the original, but for the ease of reading I do not use quotation marks. None in this is my own thoughts; my only input was in shortening and paraphrasing. MERIT Merit (meritum)...
  • Indulgences: Spreading the Wealth

    01/17/2006 3:55:48 PM PST · by annalex · 116 replies · 1,623+ views
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | November 2000 | Dermott J. Mullan
    An indulgence is an action of the Church which spreads her treasure of merits to the suffering members of the family of God. Indulgences: Spreading the wealth By Dermott J. Mullan I. Introduction Indulgences have to do with how God handles evil and good. To God, sin is always horrible, but humans do not always think so. The Churchs teaching on indulgences is meant to impress on us some of Gods horror of sin. The Church says sin is never an isolated event: rather, each sin has after-effects, not only in the person who sins but also in other parts...
  • Nine Papal Jokes

    04/19/2005 2:50:38 PM PDT · by LibertyBelt · 5 replies · 704+ views
    Here First | April 19, 2005 | Walter Skold
    Nine Papal Jokes for the newly elected resident of the Chair of St. Peter. (Answers at the end) 1. What did the new Pope have for breakfast his first day on the job? 2. What can the Pope do that no one else on earth can do? 3. As Cardinal Ratzinger, the newest Pope was on record of giving full support for controversial Catholic dogmas such as the selling of indulgences, purgatory, and the Immaculat Conception of Mary. What might Martin Luther say in response to these official teachings of the Magisterium? 4. What did Senator Edward Kennedy say about...
  • Purgatory, Indulgences, and the Work of Jesus Christ (Discussion)

    03/26/2005 2:00:31 PM PST · by gbcdoj · 27 replies · 508+ views
    New Advent ^ | Various | Various
    The only begotten Son of God . . . "made unto us from God, wisdom, justice, sanctification and redemption" [I Cor. 3], "neither by the blood of goats or of calves, but by His own blood entered once into the holies having obtained eternal redemption" [Heb. 9:12]. "For not with corruptible things as gold or silver, but with the precious blood of His very (Son) as of a lamb unspotted and unstained He has redeemed us" [cf. I Pet. 1:18-19], who innocent, immolated on the altar of the Cross is known to have poured out not a little drop of...
  • Free Brochure

    10/26/2004 9:20:58 AM PDT · by skellmeyer · 25 replies · 360+ views
    Bridegroom Press ^ | Steve Kellmeyer
    A free brochure on purgatory and indulgences is available for download at brochure may be freely downloaded, e-mailed, printed out and distributed in churches, small groups, or among friends and acquaintances, etc. in order to promote a correct understanding of the Catholic teaching on the subject.
  • Calendar of Indulgences

    10/09/2004 10:24:34 AM PDT · by skellmeyer · 17 replies · 364+ views
    Bridegroom Press ^ | Steve Kellmeyer
    If you are looking for an orthodox Catholic appointment calendar, look no farther! This 128-page "week-at-a-glance" appointment calendar: *Lists all the indulgenced works of the Church on a week-by-week basis, *Highlights the twenty-two special days when a partial indulgence becomes plenary to honor a day, *Has scholarly notes on the history of indulgences, *Contains the conditions for earning both partial and plenary indulgences, *Gives the complete text of over nearly two dozen different indulgenced prayers, *Carries weekly reminders for Friday fasts and Saturday confession *Provides the Scriptural supports for one dozen different apologetics topics: The Eucharist, Marian dogma and doctrines,...
  • Nailing Christ to the Cross

    09/29/2004 7:05:00 PM PDT · by skellmeyer · 29 replies · 637+ views
    Bridegroom Press ^ | Steve Kellmeyer
    It wasnt a coincidence. When Martin Luther decided to nail his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of Wittenburg Castle Church, he chose Halloween to do it. This Augustinian monk held fiercely to many grievous doctrinal errors, but he did understand one thing: the liturgical year of the Catholic Church. The liturgical year is meant to do two things at once: through it, we cast our eyes back towards Christs life on earth and through it we simultaneously cast our eyes forward through the long history of mankind, a history which will be crowned in the Parousia, the Second Coming of...
  • The ripple effect: a study of indulgences

    09/16/2004 10:09:17 PM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 39 replies · 651+ views
    Daily Catholic ^ | September 15, 2004 | Jacob Michael
    The doctrine of indulgences is, in my experience, one of the most difficult teachings of the Church to understand, and even harder to defend. This is, perhaps, because it exists on a spiritual plane that is so entirely other-worldly, it's hard to wrap our finite minds around it. Add to that the fact that there are no Scripture verses that explicitly refer to indulgences, and that the doctrine of indulgences rests more on Scriptural principles than anything, and you've got one very difficult teaching to grasp. I've read books on the subject, and I've listened to other speakers talk about...
  • The Resurrection of Indulgences or Is Tetzel really dead?

    03/16/2004 9:42:13 AM PST · by HarleyD · 161 replies · 393+ views
    European Institute of Protestant Studies ^ | 11/15/1999 | Professor Arthur Noble
    Pope John Paul II has revived the practice of earning indulgences, a decision which has caused concern and embarrassed among British Roman Catholics. On the first Sunday of Advent he issued a Papal Bull for the Millennium, Incarnationis Mysterium (The Mystery of the Incarnation), which describes in detail how Roman Catholics may obtain indulgences both for themselves and for souls in Purgatory. The Romish dogma of indulgences lies at the very heart of the historical conflict between Biblical Christianity and the Vatican. It was the major factor in the gathering storm that instigated Luther's revolt against the corrupt pecuniary practices...