Today is the first Thursday of the month, and as such, lay people can obtain a plenary indulgence if they pray for priests today. Pope Benedict offered this plenary indulgence during the Year of the Priest in order to encourage all of us to pray fervently for priests.
Contrary to the post title (a parody of Tetzel’s famous couplet), the normal requirements for a plenary indulgence must also be met to obtain a full remission of the temporal punishment for sins (and #4 is a doozy):
- Pray for the intentions of the pope.
- Attend Mass.
- Go to confession.
- Be detached from sin.
Plenary indulgences can be applied to the one obtaining it or to a soul in purgatory. For more information about indulgences, see the Catholic Answers website.