plenary indulgence

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In modern RC theology, an indulgence (q.v.) which is held to remit the whole of the temporal punishment due to an individual's sins. As its efficacy is believed to depend on the perfection of the soul's disposition (of which no one can be certain), there is always an element of doubt whether a soul has profited to the full by a particular plenary indulgence. The earliest known example of the issue of a plenary indulgence was the promise of Urban II that all penances incurred by Crusaders who confessed their sins should be remitted.

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