Code of Canon Law: CHAPTER IV.
CityofGod.blog: To those, who believe they have a right, for complaint or an issue with Indulgences, City states, “take it up with God”, pray that He causes a change for you. But to others, who think they are entitled to complain, criticize, impune, as the “thief or robber” next to Jesus on the Cross, (“save yourselves”). Or as, Luther criticism, on Indulgences, while he opposed the very idea of Purgatory, and refused Doctrines on Almsgiving including those prescibed in the Old Testament. Luther attacked Mother Church Authority on her Power to discipline, ” Binding & Loosening”, (despite direct and plain language in 3 gospel passages), instead insisted that Christ freely grants satisfaction for sins from his sufferings on the Cross, preferred his church be like “wild donkeys” without rules. His insolence and arrogance on matters of faith that he heretically believed, are not cause for MY UNBELIEF. A Catholic ( as was Luther) we are called to obediently obey Mother Church in all matters, regarding Faith. To the Church (of Smyrnea), “I know thy tribulation and thy poverty: but thou art rich. And thou art blasphemed by them that say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Rev2:9).
Can. 992 An indulgence is the remission before God of temporal punishment for sins whose guilt is already forgiven, which a properly disposed member of the Christian faithful gains under certain and defined conditions by the assistance of the Church which as minister of redemption dispenses and applies authoritatively the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.
Can. 993 An indulgence is partial or plenary insofar as it partially or totally frees from the temporal punishment due to sins.
Can. 994 Any member of the faithful can gain partial or plenary indulgences for oneself or apply them to the dead by way of suffrage.
Can. 995 §1. In addition to the supreme authority of the Church, only those to whom this power is acknowledged in the law or granted by the Roman Pontiff can bestow indulgences.
§2. No authority below the Roman Pontiff can entrust the power of granting indulgences to others unless the Apostolic See has given this expressly to the person.
Can. 996 §1. To be capable of gaining indulgences, a person must be baptized, not excommunicated, and in the state of grace at least at the end of the prescribed works.
§2. To gain indulgences, however, a capable subject must have at least the general intention of acquiring them and must fulfill the enjoined works in the established time and the proper method, according to the tenor of the grant.
Can. 997 As regards the granting and use of indulgences, the other prescripts contained in the special laws of the Church must also be observed.
The RACCOLTA or MANUAL OF INDULGENCES
PRAYERS AND DEVOTIONS ENRICHED WITH INDULGENCES
IN FAVOR OF ALL THE FAITHFUL IN CHRIST – Issued by the Sacred Penitentiary Apostolic. [Benziger Bro. Inc. printer to the holy See and the Sacred Congregation of Rites. 1957.]
“O ‘ Heart of love, I put all my Trust in Thee; for I fear all things from my own weakness, but I hope for all things from Thy goodness” (St Margaret Mary Alacoque) … An indulgence of 300 days. A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions, If this invocation is repeated daily with devotion. [Pius X, Rescript in his own hand, May30, 1908; Jun3,1908; S.P. Ap., Mar 10,1935.] The Raccolta #232.
May God bless His Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church. The painting of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was inspired by the apparition of Jesus, under the title of the Sacred Heart, to St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690). In 1673 on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist Our Lord came to St. Margaret Mary, while she was in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.