be granted, it is certain that it is granted only to those most approaching perfection, that is, to very few. Only God could do that. The Pope will not, and cannot, remit other punishments than those which he has imposed by his own decree or according to the canons. Nor are they the merits of Christ and of the saints, for these, without the Pope's aid, work always grace to the inner man, cross, death, and hell to the other man. Popular legend has it that on October 31, 1517 Luther defiantly nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. The Pope had the power to limit or do away with penances imposed by the clergy, but he did not have the power to bring about the interior contrition that leads to salvation. This, too, seems not to be proved, that they are all sure and confident of their salvation, though we may be quite sure. The Pope's indulgence ought to be proclaimed with all precaution, lest the people should mistakenly believe it of more value than all other works of charity. Seldom even as he who has sincere repentance, is he who really gains indulgence; that is to say, most seldom to be found.
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Christians should be taught, unless they are rich enough, it is their duty to keep what is necessary for the use of their households, and by no means to throw it away on indulgences. Christians are to be taught that he who sees a needy man and passes him by, yet gives his money for indulgences, does not buy papal indulgences but God's wrath. His revolutionary ideas served as the catalyst for the eventual breaking away from the Catholic Church and were later instrumental in forming the movement known as the Protestant Reformation. Christians should be taught, he who gives to the poor, or lends to a needy man, does better than buying indulgence. Any truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without indulgence letters. Those who, on account of a sermon concerning indulgences in one church, condemn the word of God to silence in the others, are enemies of Christ and of the Pope. For the forgiveness contained in these pardons has reference only to the penalties of sacramental atonement which were appointed by men. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our site. It is vain to trust in salvation by indulgence letters, even though the indulgence commissary, or even the pope, were to offer his soul as security. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, in saying, "Repent ye, etc. Again: - Why does not the Pope build. We know it by its short name, Halloween.