Q: What does Mary have to do with indulgences?
A:The teaching on indulgences was revised and published on January 1, 1967 by Pope Paul VI under the title Indulgentiarum Doctrina (On the Revision of Indulgences).
The document contains the following paragraph:
The Treasury of the Church
The "treasury of the Church" [Cf Clement VI, Jubille Bull Unigenitus Dei Filium: Denz. 1025, 1026, 1027. Cf Sixtus IV, Encycl. Romani Pontificis: Denz. 1406. Cf Leo X, Decree Cum postquam: Denz. 1448; cf Denz. 1467, 2641] is explained like this. We certainly should not think of it as being the sum total of the material goods which have accumulated during the course of the centuries. On the contrary, the "treasury of the Church" is the infinite value, which can never be exhausted, which Christ's merits have before God. They were offered so that the whole of mankind could be set free from sin and attain communion with the Father. In Christ, the Redeemer himself, the satisfactions and merits of his Redemption exist and find their efficacy. [Cf Heb. 7:23-25, 9:11-28] This treasury includes as well the prayers and good works of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They are truly immense, unfathomable and even pristine in their value before God.
You will find Church documents on indulgences at the following web addresses:
- INDULGENTIARUM DOCTRINA (Apostolic Constitution On Indulgences, Pope Paul VI)
Solemnly Promulgated By His Holiness, On January 1, 1967.
- Apostolic Penitentiary - DECREE Fourth Edition of the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum
With this decree, the 1968 edition of the official manual of indulgences was reissued, with changes, in preparation for the Great Jubilee of the year 2000.
- MESSAGE TO CARDINAL WILLIAM W. BAUM Pope John Paul II
Urges priests to teach about indulgences, April 1, 2000.
- INDULGENCES ARE EXPRESSION OF GOD'S MERCY Pope John Paul II
A Wednesday catechesis, published October 6, 1999.
- Indulgences are not Invention of Medieval Age
Vatican Publishes New Guidelines on Indulgences
VATICAN CITY, 17 SEP 1999 (ZENIT).
- INCARNATIONIS MYSTERIUM Pope John Paul II
November 29, 1998
Includes: Conditions for Gaining the Jubilee Indulgence
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