Papal court handling pardons for sins says contrite Catholics may win ‘indulgences’ by following World Youth Day on Twitter.
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.”
Source: The Guardian.co
When a person has taken his last breath, his soul will depart for the final judgment. The final judgment will be with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
When the Pope elevates him self to the seat of judgment, he becomes greater then God. In fact, he become “god”, the very “Holy Father”.
Even if there was a placed like Roman Catholic purgatory, the Pope would not have the power to cleanse anyone from sins, not shorten the time of needed classing. Such a claim is a damnable heresy, and pure wickedness.
“Repent while you are still alive. Give your life to Jesus of the Bible. Salvation is for those who are alive, and do surrender to the Lordship of the King of Kings. The “Jesus of Purgatory” is a demonic fiction”.
Please take notice of this Bible verse:
2 Corinthians 11:4
For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
When you submit to the truth, the Holy Spirit will convince you that “Jesus according to Rome” is a copycat, based on religious fraud.
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
The followers of the Pope is lead down the path towards destruction. If they do not repent, they will have to spend eternity in Hell.
Repent or perish.
Written by Ivar