More stories from history class:
We just started the Reformation. In order for us to fully grasp Matin Luther’s and the Church’s teachings on justification and salvation, our history teacher explained indulgences.
Here was his presentation (paraphrased):
"The Church at the time thought, ‘hey we have extra good works from Jesus, Mary, the Saints, etc, why don’t we sell these good works to our parishioners who may not do good works every day of their lives?’
The Church even had a “Treasury of Merits” which was the good works themselves. An offical Indulgence office was set up and it would be the jobs of certain priests to go town to town and sell indulgences."
He called them “professional Indulgence salesmen” (that is verbatum)
“A person could buy an Indulgence” (that was actually written down in our notes)
Oh but it gets better! Here was his definition of Purgatory:
“A place of Judgement where you go before going to either heaven or hell. You may go to heaven, or you may go to hell”
He also called the Church corrupt, saying “bribes and things of that nature were common place and often given a blind eye”
And this is what he calls Sola Fide: “Sola Frida.” Maybe that’s what it was originally called, but I’ve only heard Sola Fide.
I know theology isn’t what he teaches, but is being in line with Church teaching at a Catholic school asking too much?