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False teachings of Martin Luther:
A man who gains full or plenary indulgence as one who for
a certain sum of money, to be given to the pope, bishop, or priest, obtains
absolution from all his crimes, without any sorrow or repentance of heart,
and, at the same time, a kind of permit to sin as much as he pleases in
True teachings of the Catholic Church:
An indulgence has NOTHING whatever to do with the guilt of
past sins, nor their eternal punishment, much less with sins to come.
An indulgence was simply a remission in whole or in part,
through the superabundant merits (the merits of Christ = the Power and Grace of God Almighty) of Jesus Christ and His saints, of the
temporal punishment due to God on account of sin after the guilt and eternal
punishment have been remitted in the Sacrament of Penance.
False teaching of Martin Luther:
You must pay money to the Catholic Church for indulgences.
True teaching of the Catholic Church:
From Archbishop Albert of the time:
In regard to the poor - "those who have no money must
supply by their prayers and fasts, since the Kingdom of Heaven should be
made open to the poor as much as the rich". The scale of offerings and
donations laid down by the instruction of the Archbishop repudiates any
slander in regard to buying and selling indulgences.
All Glory and Honor are yours Almighty One, forever and ever, Amen!