Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Martin Luther is turning in his grave.

clipped from

For Catholics, a Door to Absolution Is Reopened

In recent months, dioceses around the world have been offering Catholics a spiritual benefit that fell out of favor decades ago -- the indulgence, a sort of amnesty from punishment in the afterlife -- and reminding them of the church's clout in mitigating the wages of sin.

"Why are we bringing it back?" asked Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio of Brooklyn, who has embraced the move. "Because there is sin in the world."

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Really? There is still sin in the world? Who would have thunk it?

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