Catholics given chance at shorter stay in Purgatory

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Indulgences, which give Catholics time off Purgatory for good behaviour, are making a comeback under Pope Benedict XVI.

In the past year, the Vatican has granted them for World Youth Day, the 150th anniversary of the Virgin Mary's apparition at Lourdes and, most recently, the 2,000th anniversary of St. Paul's birth.

The renewed enthusiasm for the controversial practice is being felt here. Ottawa's archbishop, Terrence Prendergast, is encouraging area Catholics to celebrate St. Paul by going for the indulgences; going so far as to issue a press release recently spelling out how to get one.

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Randll Reese Besch - 7/30/2008

This could be the opening trend to drive the Catholic church into the dumpster.