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26. The Granting of Indulgences

1. Indulgences are granted by the pope, and by the bishopfor his subjects, and by the official who exercises thebishop's jurisdiction in a diocese. Indulgences cannot begranted by others, such as abbots, or parish priests.

2. Sometimes a person who is not in holy orders can grantan indulgence; for example, a layman who has been designatedbishop, has not yet been ordained or consecrated, but who has takenover the rule of his diocese. The power of granting indulgencesdoes notbelong to the sacrament of holy orders, but tojurisdiction or authoritative rule in the Church.

3. The fullness of power to grant indulgences resides inhim who has the fullness of jurisdiction in the Church, that is,the pope. This power is shared, in the measure of the pope'swishes, to the bishops of the Church.

4. A man in mortal sin cannot gain an indulgence. But aman with jurisdiction, who is himself in mortal sin, can grant anindulgence to be gained by those disposed to gain it. For thisremission of temporal punishment due to sin is not accomplishedthrough the holiness of the person who grants an indulgence, but bythe objective application of merits drawn from the spiritualtreasury of the Church.

"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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