The Coronavirus Plenary Indulgence

From NCregister, March 20th, 2020:

The Apostolic Penitentiary has issued a decree granting special indulgences to the faithful at this time of pandemic.

Signed on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, by Major Penitentiary Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the decree states that:

“The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from the Coronavirus, subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite themselves spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, to the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfil the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible.”

Cardinal Piacenza adds that the same gift of Plenary Indulgence will be given “under the same conditions” to:

“Health care workers, family members and all those who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer.“No man has greater love than this: to give his life for his friends” (Jn 15:13).”

He adds that the decree also “willingly grants” the Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions to:

“Those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic Adoration, or the reading of Sacred Scripture for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and the eternal salvation of those whom the Lord has called to Himself.”

The decree continues:

“The Church prays for those who are unable to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one of them to Divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for the three usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended (cf. Enchiridion indulgentiarum, n.12).”

The decree ends by invoking the “Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of the Church, Health of the Sick and Help of Christians, our Advocate, to help suffering humanity, rejecting from us the evil of this pandemic and obtaining for us every good necessary for our salvation and sanctification.”

Cardinal Piacenza begins the decree by noting that the “whole of humanity” is “threatened by an invisible and insidious disease which for some time now has become part of everyone’s life” and is “marked day after day by anguished fears, new uncertainties and above all widespread physical and moral suffering.”

He adds: “The Church, following the example of her Divine Master, has always cared for the sick. As Saint John Paul II indicated, the value of human suffering is twofold: “It is supernatural, because it is rooted in the divine mystery of the world’s redemption, and it is also profoundly human, because in it man finds himself, his humanity, his dignity, his mission” (Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris, 31).”

NOTE: please make use of this merciful indulgence from the Church in this time of spiritual and temporal need.

RLCJ

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11 Responses to The Coronavirus Plenary Indulgence

  1. Denis says:

    To Alex, who said “Let’s see what the messages of March 18, 25 and April 2, by our Lady of Medjugorje have any hint that the secrets will begin to be released”.
    Well it appears there will be NO MORE 2nd of the month apparitions after almost 33 years of them! This may or may not be an omen of the future but in the context of the Coronavirus and the cessation of masses in many parts of the world, one wonders what Holy Week 2020 may have in store for mankind.

    • Jeff says:

      Rather than doom and punishment speculation, let’s focus on prayer, forgiveness amongst each other, and reconciliation with God. Let’s work on sharing the gift of the rosary and how to pray it with our brothers and sisters as times get worse. Let’s focus on communicating with each other and sharing devotion through adoration while we have healthy priests, and while we still have power and internet/information services. Lastly, let’s seek out and continue to pray to Our Lady to intercede on our behalf to her Son as she has for so many years. Pray the chaplet of divine mercy and say the prayer to St Michael in these trying and evil times when the devil is strong.

    • Alex says:

      Simply said, the Great Warning. If it is in God’s right time of course. As I read again about the secrets in Medjugorje and Garabandal, they are set dates.

      If we have Easter without GW,don’t give up, it comes Divine Mercy and Pentecost! It can’t go on forever like that. One may want to browse secular end times info that would be called conspiracy and scifi. I believe most of you know those sources. Yes they are not catholic. But they show deep understanding of what is going on, and the Catholics need at time to update their information too.

  2. Jeff says:

    Rather than doom and punishment speculation, let’s focus on prayer, forgiveness amongst each other, and reconciliation with God. Let’s work on sharing the gift of the rosary and how to pray it with our brothers and sisters as times get worse. Let’s focus on communicating with each other and sharing devotion through adoration while we have healthy priests, and while we still have power and internet/information services. Lastly, let’s seek out and continue to pray to Our Lady to intercede on our behalf to her Son as she has for so many years. Pray the chaplet of divine mercy and say the prayer to St Michael in these trying and evil times when the devil is strong.

  3. Maria says:

    Ron, don’t you think it would have been better for the Church to ask publicly all Catholics to pray the chaplet to devine mercy for the dying from coronavirus, according to Jesus’s promise? To grant plenary indulgence means that people will go straight to Heaven, I doubt that among the many dying there are so many saints who can avoid purgatory without even receiving the Sacraments. Moreover, the society we live in is too secularised to understand properly how the indulgence works, it could be misanderstood. I think it would have been a great way to spread the chaplet in this time when mankind needs so much mercy from the Lord.

    • Ron Conte says:

      The plenary indulgence is not obtained fully by persons who are unrepentant, or who are substantially attached to sin. Also, those who obtain the indulgence, who are not dying, will go on to commit at least venial sins, and so they might still spend time in purgatory. The indulgence is granted by the Church to encourage the work of the indulgence, which is praying for an end to the pandemic, praying for those who are suffering and for those who have passed away. That is the right thing for the Church to do. It is a common response of the Church, encourage a work by granting an indulgence. The Chaplet is one way to obtain the indulgence.

  4. Todd Langis says:

    Ron,
    I read your posts with special interest and wondering if you could please write on the Coronavirus in light of the Message of Fátima. Is there any special significance?

    I’ve stumble on anti-Vatican II, Traditionalist, extremists views like Lifesitenews and professor Roberto Mattie who they quote. I find it quite disturbing not what they say about Coronavirus in relation to Fátima, but the things they say about Catholic officials and the Pope. Very troublesome. They talk like Protestant fundamentalists and Puritans.

    • Ron Conte says:

      If anyone rejects the Pope, ignore them. The Coronavirus is not mentioned in the secrets of Fatima, and I don’t believe that we have entered the end times yet. I repeat, this is not the end times yet. The Warning occurs as the first event of the end times.

  5. Todd Langis says:

    Thank you Ron. I will take your advice. These Puritan, radicalized, schismatic Catholics have only planted seeds of doubt in me, but reading your articles on the schism has restored my faith in the Church, and that I thank you for.
    Question: Was thinking because the Message of Fatima states: “Russia will spread her errors”, and for it to be widely accepted as the equivalent to Communist Russia, I thought maybe the Coronavirus with its connection to Communist China had significance. But maybe that’s a radicalized schismatic way of thinking. Because the Vatican says the Message of Fatima was for the 20th Century, yet there’s room for interpretation. So, I guess I partially answered my question.

    • Ron Conte says:

      Russia will spread her errors, according to my speculative eschatology, in the 22nd century. For now, Russia is restrained by grace and providence. I expect that, eventually, the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church will decrease, and problems will multiply.

  6. Todd Langis says:

    Sorry, I meant the Vatican says the Message of Fatima was for the 21st century, but also says interpretation is open, which, if I understand you correctly, would leave room open for your speculative eschatology that Russia will spread her errors in the 22nd century’s as well, as the result in the decrease of the Orthodox Church.

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