were made to indulgences in the wake of
Vatican II, various indulgences appearing in the beloved Raccolta may be
'null and void' from a technical/legal standpoint. However, couldn't Catholics
be forgiven for hoping that God might favor honoring traditional
indulgences – originally intended to be granted "for ever" – when requested by
Catholics in the right spirit, considering the following (which appears near the
beginning of a 19th century version of the Raccolta)...?
reader, I have thought it right to say to you by way of preface, in presenting
to you this collection of prayers and pious exercises, to which Sovereign
Pontiffs have granted holy Indulgences, Plenary and Partial... Accordingly I
have restricted myself to those alone which can be practised for the most part
by all faithful Christians; and I have specified the Indulgence annexed to each
such prayer or work, by quoting distinctly the constitutions, briefs, or
rescripts of the Sovereign Pontiffs by whom they were conceded, after having
verified them with the greatest exactness. Marvel not, dear reader, that in this
last edition you find not, as you have heretofore found in other editions of
this collection, the historical account of the origin of certain devotions to
which afterwards Indulgences were annexed... I was afraid lest, by making the
Raccolta too bulky, I should prevent some from using it so frequently as they
otherwise would, as very often occurs with books intended for daily use. This is
the reason also why you will find that in mentioning the grant, brief, or
rescript, I have left out the words 'for ever,' since, in order to obviate the
necessity of this constant repetition, it is enough for you to be told
once for all, that all Indulgences in the present Raccolta were granted by the
goodness of Sovereign Pontiffs for ever and I have therefore
contented myself with inserting these words only where such grants were once
made for a certain term." (emphasis added)
in the Raccolta may be technically/legally invalid, but isn't it likewise true
that the Sovereign Pontiffs' desire that such indulges be granted "for ever" is
worthy of at least some respect?
To be on the 'safe side', do not neglect modern indulgences which are certainly
valid both technically & legally.
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