In the next year millions of Catholic pilgrims will pass through the “holy doors” at St. Peter’s Basilica. They have been told if they walk through the “holy doors” they will receive a “plenary indulgence” whereby all of the pending temporal punishment for their confessed sins up to that point will be removed.
Doors at cathedrals throughout the world have also been designated “holy doors” for those who can’t afford the airfare to Rome.
The “holy doors” will all be “closed” on November 20, 2016 and their “power” to remove temporal punishment will end.
But I have a few hypothetical questions for Catholics:
- Let’s say an American Catholic couple flies to Rome on November 20th to walk through the “holy doors” at St. Peter’s to have their combined 1000 years of suffering in purgatory wiped away. But their plane is delayed on the tarmac. They’re finally able to catch a taxi to St. Peter’s but it’s too late; they arrive only to find the “holy doors” closed and sealed. The disappointed couple takes a taxi to their hotel but they are both killed when the vehicle is involved in a traffic accident. Does the couple still have to spend the full 1000 years in purgatory or did their “good intentions” count for something?
- Suppose a Catholic woman was in line to walk through the “holy doors” at her diocesan cathedral to have her 300 years of suffering in purgatory removed. When her turn came she started walking towards the doors but collapsed on the floor from a fatal heart attack. Half of her body made it through the “holy doors” but the other half didn’t. Were all 300 years of her temporal punishment removed or only 150 years since only half of her body made it through the “holy doors”? Pshaw!
In the article below, the pope warns pilgrims to St. Peter’s “holy doors” to be wary of fraudsters. But who is going to warn them about the anti-Scriptural fraud of “holy doors,” indulgences, temporal punishment, and purgatory?
Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. Religious traditions and superstition won’t save you.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1
Praise God for His salvation by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE!
See my earlier post regarding the “holy doors” here.
Salvation is free, pope says, warning against Holy Year fraudsters
Reuters, December 16, 2015