Jesus and Mo has really been on a roll lately,... but you can't make this stuff up. Here's Ophelia Benson with the background on this:
Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ to followers of Pope Francis tweets
[gasp] On the one hand purgatory, on the other hand tweets.
In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets.
The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.
Reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory? What good is that?? Surely the believers want the indulgences to reduce the actual time Catholics have to spend in purgatory. I wonder if that’s the actual deal, or if it’s just the reporter’s clumsy attempt to say that some people don’t believe in purgatory. ...
Oh dear god, how can anyone take them seriously? It makes as much sense as taking Sylvia Browne seriously.
No kidding! Indulgences? I remember reading about them in history class, but I thought that ended with the Middle Ages (as the Catholic Church should have ended then, too).
But I guess you can believe in anything when you've been raised to believe it, huh? The sad thing is that non-Catholics will eagerly laugh at this, while believing similarly insane things when it's their own religion.