Definition: Anyone who wears a cloth scapular about their shoulders, lives a life of sexual purity, and recites the Little Office of Our Blessed Mother (an 8th century prayer to Mary) will be released from purgatory on the first Saturday after death. The Virgin Mary appeared to Pope John XXII (1316-1334) asking him to ratify an indulgence for the Carmelite Order. Mary herself would descend into purgatory on the Saturday after their death and bring them to heaven. [Saturday is the day consecrated to Mary]. The promise was extended to all Catholics by later popes.
Discussion: Another fable of the Catholic Church that is to be rejected (1 Tim. 4:7). There is no such thing as an indulgence. Purgatory does not exist – it is nowhere mentioned in the Bible. Mary is not responsible in any way for our salvation. What a person wears or eats is of no consequence under the new covenant (Mk. 7:19).
Articles & Viewpoints:
- Tract – The Rosary, Brown Scapular and The Sabbatine Privilege
- Carmelite Sisters – The Brown Scapular
- Article by Ron Loeffler – Talismans, Amulets and Such