So, I have a question for any Catholic canon law specialists. The blessing today (3/13/13) for the new pope, Francis I, included a plenary indulgence. They explicitly stated that the plenary indulgence worked remotely through media (so if you watch the blessing on tv, hear it on the radio, watch it on the internet, it counts).
I realize that remote blessings and indulgences have occurred on television before, but with recording technology and the re-posting of the blessing on the internet, might raise some issues.
1. Temporal issues. The plenary indulgence is mediated through television, the internet, etc. Is there a temporal limit to the blessing? That is, does this mean whenever one watches
the recording they receive a plenary indulgence? If there is a temporal limit, what is it?
2. Problem of recording and repetition. If there is no temporal limit, or at least a generous one, an additional question arises. Since the blessing is now online and can be re-posted and re-watched, can one re-watch it and receive the indulgence again? If not, why not? If so, what would this mean for the future of penance?
3. If I post the video of the indulgence on my blog, does my blog become a means of grace?
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