By Fr Joe Babendreier
The priest announced at the end of Mass that Christians can get special indulgences this year. He said the indulgences are available because the Pope has dedicated this year to St Joseph, the Husband of Mary. One of the ways of getting a plenary indulgence is to perform one of the works of mercy, for example, giving alms to the poor.
While he was greeting some Christians outside the Church after Mass, one of them asked, “Father, what’s an indulgence? I thought indulgences were bad. My friend goes to a Baptist Church and he told me indulgences were the reason why Martin Luther started the Reformation.”