It is tragic that millions of Roman Catholics rely upon such fraudulent promises—promises which undermine God’s justice and deny the full efficacy of Christ’s death on the cross. Why journey to Rome to obtain a plenary indulgence (forgiveness of all sin to that point) when the next sin will put one in need of a further indulgence? Indulgences are not biblical. Yet the Roman Catholic Church unashamedly promotes such heresy and anathematizes those who object. Contradicting Colson’s statements, Vatican II, quoting the Council of Trent, sternly declares:
“The Church … ‘teaches and commands that the usage of indulgences—a usage most beneficial to Christians and approved by the authority of the Sacred Councils—should be kept in the Church; and it condemns with anathema those who say that indulgences are useless or that the Church does not have the power to grant them.’”
Many Catholics reject indulgences. Yet they attend Mass and imagine that they are in good standing with their Church. In fact, they have been anathematized by the highest Church authority—i.e., excommunicated and damned. Their only escape from hell (according to their Church) is to repent and confess their rejection of indulgences.