I have some new ideas and questions about indulgences.
*The tract at CA explains that the punishment can be temporal and eternal. However the biblical examples of temporal punishments are physical: death, labor etc. This shows that God can sometimes punish a person (or humanity, for that matter) physically for the sins committed, but it hardly shows that every sin has some mysteriously invisible temporal punishment waiting to be suffered for in purgatory. So when have temporal punishments started to be invisible (they are sometimes still visible of course, like if you drink or have sex without moderation it can be bad, but not always, and anyway these are not what purgatory is for…)?
*If indulgences at first could replace hard penances given at confession, can they still do so? I’ve never heard anyone teach this any more.
*I came up with a nice argument for the penance part - the eternal/temporal and guilt/punishment stuff. Peter sinned against Jesus, and Jesus forgave him, but even after he had surely forgiven him(no more guilt&eternal punishment), he still made him say 3 times that he loves Jesus(do penance, temporal punishment). This is something a Catholic could also even today get for penance in confession; to say to Jesus 3 times “I love you”. What do you think?