[quote=Breton]Here I Stand : A Life of Martin Luther
by Roland H. Bainton
In this book, Roland Bainton appears to assert that Leo X authored a bull titled “Decreta de Indulgentiis” which was THE smoking gun in the “indulgences for sale” scandal.
I am sure most will agree that it is highly frustrating to have “scholars” quote from documents that no one else seems to have access to.
In reviewing other resources and threads within this forum, there is disagreement as to the existence of said document and discussion of bulls authored by Julius ll in 1510 and/or 1513.
It seems most do agree that a papal document was, in fact, issued relating to the raising of money for the reconstruction of St. Peter’s Basilica. What no one can seem to produce is some facsimile of the document.
Opinions and conjecture as to whether this mysterious document was used or misused to sell indulgences is not of importance to me. I just want to read the document for myself.
Can anyone help?
I did a google search for this. The only place I found the term, “Decreta de Indulgentiis” was on Phillip Schaffs Creeds of Christendom. He is refering to the council of Trent with this. The title of the first part of session 25 is “Decree Concerning Purgatory”, which would be “Decreta de Indulgentiis” in latin. This is what it says.
DECREE CONCERNING PURGATORY.Whereas the Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy Ghost, has, from the sacred writings and the ancient tradition of the Fathers, taught, in sacred councils, and very recently in this oecumenical Synod, that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls there detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful, [Page 233] but principally by the acceptable sacrifice of the altar; the holy Synod enjoins on bishops that they diligently endeavour that the sound doctrine concerning Purgatory, transmitted by the holy Fathers and sacred councils, be believed, maintained, taught, and every where proclaimed by the faithful of Christ. But let the more difficult and subtle questions, and which tend not to edification, and from which for the most part there is no increase of piety, be excluded from popular discourses before the uneducated multitude. In like manner, such things as are uncertain, or which labour under an appearance of error, let them not allow to be made public and treated of. While those things which tend to a certain kind of curiosity or superstition, or which savour of filthy lucre, let them prohibit as scandals and stumbling-blocks of the faithful. But let the bishops take care, that the suffrages of the faithful who are living, to wit the sacrifices of masses, prayers, alms, and other works of piety, which have been wont to be performed by the faithful for the other faithful departed, be piously and devoutly performed, in accordance with the institutes of the church; and that whatsoever is due on their behalf, from the endowments of testators, or in other way, be discharged, not in a perfunctory manner, but diligently and accurately, by the priests and ministers of the church, and others who are bound to render this (service).
More can be read of the council here. Twenty Fifth Session of The Council of Trent I am not sure if this is actually what was refered to by you, but it is the best I can do right now. If I have time tommorow I will go check the papal encyclicals that are at the library.