These were sold by the Church to cancel out or remit part of or all of the time that the soul was to spend in purgatory. In this way the person was pardoned for his/her sins. Indulgences were often sold by pardoners. They were based on the sacrament of reconciliation. The sale of indulgences led to a great deal of dissatisfaction and claims of corruption within the Church.
Related term(s): Pardoner; Ecclesiastical
Category: Western Christianity
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