Catholic 101 - TOPIC FOR NOVEMBER: Indulgences, Are They Still Important?
This Series will meet 1X/month usually 4th week of the month.
Each month there will be three sessions to choose from with the same presentation each time
TOPIC FOR NOVEMBER: Indulgences: Are they still important?
What can you expect to learn?
Of the Catholic teachings that are commonly misunderstood by Catholics & non-Catholics alike, it wouldn’t be far -fetched to say that indulgences rank fairly close to the top of that list. This is due, in large part, to the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation that begin in 1517 which many people wrongly think was all about the “sale” of indulgences. The main issues were, in fact, quite different. The misuse of indulgences just happened to be a side issue that allowed the movement to get off the ground. Understanding what indulgences are and what they are not can help clear up the confusion.
Indulgences have been part of the treasury of our Church since her earliest days (that unscrupulous men took advantage of church teaching for their gain does not negate the teaching, any more than cheating politicians negate the validity of democracy).
Indulgences are part of the Church’s infallible teaching and are a gift of our Church to help us cultivate holiness and we ought to avail ourselves of them! They are a gift of God’s mercy and they have the power to enliven a sense of charity and to sharpen a healthy sorrow for sin. In this class you will learn about:
The abuse of Indulgences that motivated Martin Luther to post his “95 Thesis” in 1517
The development of the doctrine of Indulgences beginning with the early Church
Most importantly, you will learn that Indulgences are a WIN/WIN as they place us in solidarity with Our Lord, the Blessed Mother, the saints in heaven and the souls in Purgatory in the continuing work of becoming the best version of ourselves.
You won’t want to miss this!
Choose from: · Monday, November 13 - 11:30 AM -1:30 PM · Tuesday, November 14 -10:00 AM -12:00 PM · Thursday, November 16 - 6:30-8:30 PM
JANUARY: Are Catholics Saved? FEBRUARY: The Mystery of Merit - Is it Faith Alone or Is there more? Can our works merit grace for ourselves & others?