SSPX adopts the Conciliar Conditions for Indulgences for the Poor Souls
SSPX adopts the Conciliar Conditions for Indulgences for the Poor Souls

To begin with, the EWTN website lists the Novus Ordo version of the Conditions for a Plenary Indulgence:

Norm of Confession for Gaining a Plenary Indulgence

Apostolic Penitentiary

The following was received by EWTN in response to a question directed to the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Roman dicastery responsible for the administration of Indulgences. The question  asked was whether the norm enunciated in the Jubilee document Gift of the Indulgence, which allowed about 20 days before or after doing an indulgenced work to make one's confession, applied only to the Jubilee Year or continues in force. The traditional norm, still cited by many Catholic sources, is 8 days before or after (counting the day of the work).

As the response notes, the norm of about 20 days was given under "General remarks on indulgences" in Gift, and so remains in effect.[/b] Remaining in effect also, therefore, would be the entirety of the "General remarks" in Gift, as a reflection of the mind of the Holy See.

Official Response


Prot. N. 39/05/I

APOSTOLIC PENITENTIARY to a doubt proposed on 16 February 2005, by the beloved in Christ Fr. (sic.) Colin B. Donovan, STL: <<regarding the force of the norm in "Gift of the Indulgence" which provided that sacramental Confession could be made "about 20 days" before or after the indulgenced work. Did this norm apply only to the Indulgences granted during the Great Jubilee or does it apply in perpetuity, so that even today a plenary indulgence may be gained based on a confession made within "about 20 days before or after the indulgenced work" >>, it is responded: Negative as far as the first part, Affirmative as far as the second (for this was not written under "Specific Aspects of the Jubilee Year", but in "General remarks on indulgences").

Given in Rome, from the offices of the Apostolic Penitentiary, 18 February 2005.


Ioannes Maria Gervais   
Assisting in Studies 

[unofficial translation]

The new Conciliar-SSPX's main website lists the same condition of the extended 20 days - from the traditional 8 days - of Confession and Communion before or after the indulgenced act.

[Image: SSPX-screenshot-indulgence.png]

This is also seen in this past Sunday's (October 30, 2022) St. Mary's Kansas Sunday Bulletin:

[Image: SSPX-bulletin-screenshot.png]

Apparently the SSPX Canadian website hasn't caught up with the rest of the SSPX - it still lists the traditional 8 days:

[Image: Canada-SSPX-8-days.png]

How unfortunate to see yet another example of the SSPX turning embracing the Novus Ordo. And yet another reason for the (True) Resistance to the new direction of the SSPX.
"So let us be confident, let us not be unprepared, let us not be outflanked, let us be wise, vigilant, fighting against those who are trying to tear the faith out of our souls and morality out of our hearts, so that we may remain Catholics, remain united to the Blessed Virgin Mary, remain united to the Roman Catholic Church, remain faithful children of the Church."- Abp. Lefebvre

Forum Jump:

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)