Pope Francis Strikes Again!

Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ to followers of Pope Francis tweets
Papal court handling pardons for sins says contrite Catholics may win ‘indulgences’ by following World Youth Day on Twitter:

Article from the Guardian:

In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets.

The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.

The remissions got a bad name in the Middle Ages because unscrupulous churchmen sold them for large sums of money. But now indulgences are being applied to the 21st century.

But a senior Vatican official warned web-surfing Catholics that indulgences still required a dose of old-fashioned faith, and that paradise was not just a few mouse clicks away.

“You can’t obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine,” Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication, told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

Indulgences these days are granted to those who carry out certain tasks – such as climbing the Sacred Steps, in Rome (reportedly brought from Pontius Pilate’s house after Jesus scaled them before his crucifixion), a feat that earns believers seven years off purgatory.

But attendance at events such as the Catholic World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro, a week-long event starting on 22 July, can also win an indulgence.

Mindful of the faithful who cannot afford to fly to Brazil, the Vatican’s sacred apostolic penitentiary, a court which handles the forgiveness of sins, has also extended the privilege to those following the “rites and pious exercises” of the event on television, radio and through social media.

“That includes following Twitter,” said a source at the penitentiary, referring to Pope Francis’ Twitter account, which has gathered seven million followers. “But you must be following the events live. It is not as if you can get an indulgence by chatting on the internet.”

In its decree, the penitentiary said that getting an indulgence would hinge on the beneficiary having previously confessed and being “truly penitent and contrite”.

Praying while following events in Rio online would need to be carried out with “requisite devotion”, it suggested.

Apart from the papal Twitter account, the Vatican has launched an online news portal supported by an app, a Facebook page, and it plans to use the online social networking site Pinterest.

“What really counts is that the tweets the Pope sends from Brazil or the photos of the Catholic World Youth Day that go up on Pinterest produce authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of everyone,” said Celli.

To all my Roman Catholic Friends…REPENT! Interestingly enough there is NO SCRIPTURE of purgatory! Show me this! What heresy!

God Bless

Brian Mason

4 thoughts on “Pope Francis Strikes Again!

  1. Agreed. I think a step in the right direction would be for the church to not only stop taking from the followers but maybe scrape some of that gold from the ceiling that was put up there from the “indulgences” and help feed the hungry. Just a thought. God Bless.

  2. Interesting article. I was born a Roman Catholic and a recent born again. Me too have never heard of Purgatory(infact so many other terms which Roman Cathoic church generated on its own I guess). the bible says ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness'(1 John 1:9) Where does Indulgence come into the picture then ?

    In connection to the above verse i would like to add “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) Which means If I am purified and am born again in christ through forgiveness of sins I am eligible to enter the kingdom of God(which I suppose refers Heaven) So how does climbing stairs or offering indulgences could ever make a difference in Gods promises in the bible ?

  3. Great post, quite interesting how much stock Roman Catholicism has put into the purgatory over the years when there is nothing that says it exists.

  4. Are you saying you get purgatory out of this? Since you pray to Jesus are you implying that the righteousness of Christ does not cleanse from all sin?
    “This idea of Purgatory is totally an RCC heresy.
    According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1030, “All who die in Gods grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation, but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.”

    The Second Vatican Council, p. 63, says, “The truth has been divinely revealed that sins are followed by punishments. Gods holiness and justice inflict them. Sins must be expiated. This may be done on this earth through the sorrows, miseries and trials of this life and, above all, through death. Otherwise the expiation must be made in the next life through fire and torments or purifying punishments.”

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