My favorite part of the above article:
"There are partial indulgences, which reduce purgatorial time by a certain number of days or years, and plenary indulgences, which eliminate all of it. You can get one for yourself, or for someone else, living or dead. You cannot buy one — the church outlawed the sale of indulgences in 1857 — but charitable contributions (read: you give money under the auspices of charity but really you're buying your ticket to eternal salvation! Loopholes FTW!!), combined with other acts, can help you earn one. There is a limit of one plenary indulgence per sinner per day."
I have some questions:
What about time-share indulgences? Can you get a group together and split it all up for various weeks at a time?
What guarantee is there that a Purgatory day is the same as a 24-hour Earth day? Who do I contact if when I'm in Purgatory this turns out to be an issue?
Can I buy an advance indulgence, or can I get indulgences in bulk at a reduced "charitable contribution?" For example, If I know I'm going to many sinful things in the future, like...eat shellfish, accidental masturbation during the lenten season even though I gave it up, or accidental contact of the sacrament with my eye-tooth (wooooo!! CRRRRAAZZZY)? Can I just mail in an indulgence for each transgression from my indulgence coupon book?
By purchasing an indulgence am I bound to other medieval beliefs like, the earth is flat, the earth is the center of the universe, humans are the awesomest and every resource on the planet is here for us to totally exploit, slavery is a-ok, women are property?
Brad and I are planning a trip to Rome this summer. I'll sit down with Pope Benny and bring him my list of questions.