Jul 19, 2013

One hell of a deal: Pope Francis offers reduced time in Purgatory for Catholics that follow him on Twitter

I must admit I don't follow everything concerning the Vatican, but I thought for sure they had stopped the shameful and embarrassing practice of offering indulgences.   Indulgences are "get out of purgatory free" cards given by the Roman church for money, gifts, or in this case, being a twitter follower of the Pope.  It was the sale of indulgences that sent Martin Luther over the edge and started the Reformation.  These guys in the Vatican are starting to make Benny Hinn look like a reliable character.  Pathetic.

Salvation – or at least a shorter stay in Purgatory – might now be only a tweet away with news that Pope Francis is to offer “indulgences” – remissions for temporary punishment – to the faithful who follow him on the social media site.
Around 1.5 million are expected to flock to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day with the Argentine pontiff later this month. But for those who can’t make it to Brazil,  forgiveness may be available to contrite sinners who follow Francis’s progress via their TV screen or social networks.
The Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican court that rules on the forgiveness of sins, has said that indulgences may be given to those who follow the “rites and pious exercises” of the event on television, radio and through social media.

The Penitentiary said that Pope Francis' Twitter account, which has already gathered seven million followers, would be one such medium.

Vatican officials, noted however, that to obtain indulgences over the internet or otherwise, believers would first have to confess their sins, offer prayers and attend Mass.

“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 newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Read more at - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/one-hell-of-a-deal-pope-francis-offers-reduced-time-in-purgatory-for-catholics-that-follow-him-on-twitter-8713666.html