Do you want a shorter stay in purgatory? Follow Pope Francis around Rio de Janeiro on Twitter, TV, radio or other media and you will get a plenary indulgence to get out of purgatory sooner, that’s if you can’t make it to Rio, of course. There is expected to be 1.5 million people who will travel to Rio for the Papal extravaganza for World Youth Day.
Social media is now part of the spiritual scam. Of course, you still have to be “contrite” for your sins. According to the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, the papal court that decides what indulgences to offer the benighted people, says that for those who follow the “rites and pious exercises” of the events on various media, including Twitter can claim this as merit on their way to salvation. The pope’s Twitter account has over seven million followers.
Indulgences were the very thing that triggered the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. Today, Rome still proffers these unbiblical and useless devices that deceive people into thinking that they can earn their way to salvation. And though the church does not require a payment of money for these “miracles” of papal fantasy, as Tetzel and Sanson did in the Middle Ages, you still have to do something get this reduction of the imaginary divine sentence in punishment for sin.
“And let it be remembered, it is the boast of Rome that she never changes.” Great Controversy, page 581