Meaning and Relevance indulgences
A PURSUIT OF TRUTH FROM A CANONICAL PERSPECTIVE
Keywords: sacraments, Authority to Grant Indulgences, Eastern Churches and Indulgences, Orthodox View of Indulgences
Indulgence is a canonical institute. It is a concession granted by the church from its spiritual treasury to remit temporal punishment due to a sinner. The author overviews the origin of this practice in the middle ages and its canonical significance today. He points out that although this institute is unknown to the eastern tradition it is relevant to the churches of the east as it is founded on two catholic dogma: the doctrines of purgatory and of the communion of saints.