An Indulgence is a term used in the Roman Catholic Church to signify a remission of temporal punishment due to actual sins, the guilt of which is already forgiven.

In the past, the use of commissioners to popularize indulgenced works, particularly almsgiving for the erections of cathedrals, led to many abuses. These were denounced by reformers, and in 1567 pope Pius V revoked all indulgences for which money payments were prescribed.

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