Tuesday, 5 March 2013

A Question

For my priest brothers...

I have in the last couple of days assisted some souls preparing for eternity, and have given the Apostolic Pardon as usual, besides Viaticum (this being a rarer privilege in these days of sedated death) and Extreme Unction (in these particular cases the term being indisputably appropriate).

Was I correct in giving the Pardon despite the Church being without a Pope?


3 comments:

Fr B said...

Interesting question, can one still earn an indulgence if part of the indgenced work entails prayers for the Popes intention, eg the Station of the Cross?
In the case of the Apostolic Indulgence there is no such demand. Presumably the authority of a current Pope but who ever issued the Indulgence in its present form.

motuproprio said...

The inestimable Fr Z has looked at this - http://wdtprs.com/blog/2013/02/quaeritur-can-we-obtain-indulgences-and-pray-for-holy-fathers-intentions-if-there-is-no-holy-father/

Timothy Finigan said...

The Apostolic Penitentiary is still in office, unlike the other Roman dicasteries and therefore I would say that the Apostolic pardon is given and that we still have "the power that the Apostolic See have given" to us. Probably somewhere there is a ruling on this.