I started a pyschology class this semseter and right on the first day there seemed to be some disfavor for the Catholic Church by the teacher.
We were talking about Galileo and how the Pope “couldn’t be wrong” and so he basically used the Catholic Church’s power to “condemn people to hell” via excommunication. He mentioned how the Catholic Church had such great tools like excommunication, the inquisition, and indulgences to stay in power. Now I will admit there has been some human corruption in the Catholic Church, nevertheless, he went on to say that indulgences could be bought in order to forgive future sins. So if a guy wanted to sleep with his friend’s wife he could just buy an indulgence. I know this is flat out wrong.
That explains everything pretty well. I want to say something to him a few minutes before the beginning of next class. I want to have some references and printed out information to just briefly describe how what he said was a misunderstanding and how that is not what indulgences were. I don’t want to use Catholic sources though, at least not without other sources. The reason being is that he will look at it and think “this is coming from a Catholic webpage, of course it’s going to say that”. I have an encyclopedia that explains them pretty well and accurately which I will use, but I was wondering if any of you know of good sources. Non-biased and non-religous sources that I can use to show him so it can be seen as truly factual and not an attempt to cover up for the Catholic Church. I would especially like something that says “contrary to some beliefs, indulgences weren’t used to pardon sins” or something of that nature. Also, anything that says how these myths got started would be helpful. I just want something short and simple so I can just show it to him in a couple minutes, “prove” him wrong in a non confrontational way, and treat it as merely sticking to the facts and not distorting history. Thanks.
PS: If for some reason you think this is not a good idea, let me know. The teacher is pretty cool and I should be able to do it in a very easygoing, non-threatening, “just thought I’d let you know”, “making conversation” sort of way .