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Plenary Indulgences for the Year of Faith

Text of the original decree in Latin and Italian: DECRETO DELLA PENITENZIERIA APOSTOLICA CON IL QUALE SI CONCEDONO INDULGENZE, IN OCCASIONE DELL’ANNO DELLA FEDE , 05.10.2012

Of note is the granting of a plenary indulgence for making a pious visit to the site of one's baptism, or for attending three lessons on the Acts of Vatican II or the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 

From Vatican Information Service:






Vatican City,  (VIS) - According to a decree made public today and signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Benedict XVI will grant faithful Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the Year of Faith. The indulgence will be valid from the opening of the Year on 11 October 2012 until its end on 24 November 2013.


"The day of the fiftieth anniversary of the solemn opening of Vatican Council II", the text reads, "the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI has decreed the beginning of a Year especially dedicated to the profession of the true faith and its correct interpretation, through the reading of - or better still the pious meditation upon - the Acts of the Council and the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church".


"Since the primary objective is to develop sanctity of life to the highest degree possible on this earth, and thus to attain the most sublime level of pureness of soul, immense benefit may be derived from the great gift of Indulgences which, by virtue of the power conferred upon her by Christ, the Church offers to everyone who, following the due norms, undertakes the special prescripts to obtain them".


"During the Year of Faith, which will last from 11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013, Plenary Indulgence for the temporal punishment of sins, imparted by the mercy of God and applicable also to the souls of deceased faithful, may be obtained by all faithful who, truly penitent, take Sacramental Confession and the Eucharist and pray in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.


"(A) Each time they attend at least three sermons during the Holy Missions, or at least three lessons on the Acts of the Council or the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in church or any other suitable location.


"(B) Each time they visit, in the course of a pilgrimage, a papal basilica, a Christian catacomb, a cathedral church or a holy site designated by the local ordinary for the Year of Faith (for example, minor basilicas and shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Apostles or patron saints), and there participate in a sacred celebration, or at least remain for a congruous period of time in prayer and pious meditation, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary and, depending on the circumstances, to the Holy Apostles and patron saints.


"(C) Each time that, on the days designated by the local ordinary for the Year of Faith, ... in any sacred place, they participate in a solemn celebration of the Eucharist or the Liturgy of the Hours, adding thereto the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form.


"(D) On any day they chose, during the Year of Faith, if they make a pious visit to the baptistery, or other place in which they received the Sacrament of Baptism, and there renew their baptismal promises in any legitimate form.


"Diocesan or eparchal bishops, and those who enjoy the same status in law, on the most appropriate day during that period or on the occasion of the main celebrations, ... may impart the papal blessing with the Plenary Indulgence".


The document concludes by recalling how faithful who, due to illness or other legitimate cause, are unable to leave their place of adobe, may still obtain Plenary Indulgence "if, united in spirit and thought with other faithful, and especially at the times when the words of the Supreme Pontiff and diocesan bishops are transmitted by television or radio, they recite ... the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and other prayers that concord with the objectives of the Year of Faith, offering up the suffering and discomfort of their lives".

12 comments:

Ted Maysfield said...

We can get full release from our debt owed in terms of time in Purgatory if we meditate on the texts of Vatican Council II?

Frankly, such a meditation would be more like being in purgatory than being free of it.

Mirari said...

"a Year especially dedicated to the profession of the true faith and its correct interpretation"

I keep hearing about a "correct interpretation" and a "hermeneutic of continuity" from the Holy Father, but where is the one authoritative document that gives us the key to the true meaning of VII? Most Catholics are under the impression that VII changed not only some accidents of the Faith (eg, the way in which rites are carried out) but the very substance (ie, dogmas). Every time I hear a Catholic start off a sentence with "Since Vatican II . . ." I know that a whopping heresy is coming. I pray that the Holy Father's encyclical on faith during the Year of Faith will correct misinterpretations of VII with clear exegesis of disputed texts rather than mere blanket statements and buzz words.

Matt said...

Thanks. I'll find another method of Indulgence.

Jason C. said...

Of note is the granting of a plenary indulgence for making a pious visit to the site of one's baptism, or for attending three lessons on the Acts of Vatican II or the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Good News Lutheran Church in San Antonio, here I come... wait, no. Catechism it is.

OutsideObserver said...

Jason, that's a good point. Does the indulgence extend to visiting non-Catholic baptisteries or places of worship where a convert to Catholicism may have originally received a valid baptism? The decree, with the lack of precision that is characteristic of post-1962 documents from the Holy See, does not say.

pharisaical trad said...

Couldn't agree with you more Matt.

Aquino said...

The site (font) of my Baptism is now a bird table in the presbytery garden in the north of England. Do I go and out out some nuts?

Steve Calovich said...

Fatima is by far, the best deal ever offered:

"Whoever embraces this devotion (To the Immaculte Heart of Mary) I promise salvation. Those souls will be cherished by God, as flowers placed by Me, to adorn His throne." -Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima on June 13, 1917

Salvation plus a very high place in Heaven next to God's throne! Unprecedented.

JB said...



Meditating on Vatican I, how about that?

Unknown said...

The 'year of faith'. The diocese in which I dwell has just sold on old Catholic school to Muslims for an islamic school, who are looking to make it a base for further schools which will then qualify for government funding. Will they use Judas' pence to evangilize the poor souls born under yoke of Islam, do you think?

dheaglain said...

Well, indulgence for the three lessons on documents of Vatican II? What if it will be lessons with SSPX? :)

Wiseguy said...

Actually, this may not be so unreasonable. After all, reading Second Vatican Council documents is akin to self mortification.