Catholic Indulgences: Definition & History


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Who was one of the most famous peddlers of indulgences within the Catholic Church?

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1. Who spoke out against indulgences in his 95 Theses?

2. What is the function of an indulgence in Catholicism?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Catholic indulgences evolved over centuries from a tradition of fostering redemption through prayer, fasting and good works to a practice of securing quick salvation by paying a significant fee to the church. The quiz/worksheet combo lets you test your understanding of Catholic indulgences and the role they played in the Protestant Reformation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The purpose of Catholic indulgences
  • Types of indulgences offered by the church
  • The Council of Clement
  • The sale of Catholic indulgences
  • Martin Luther's response to Catholic indulgences

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension ensure that you understand the important information about Catholic indulgences
  • Knowledge application- use your understanding of Catholic indulgences to answer questions about how the practice changed over time
  • Making connections - understand the role Catholic indulgences played in the Protestant Reformation

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Catholic indulgences. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the origin and different types of Catholic indulgences
  • Explain the doctrine of the Treasury of Merit
  • Examine questions surrounding the theology of Catholic indulgences
  • Understand Johann Tetzel's role in the corruption of Catholic indulgences
  • Understand how Catholic indulgences fueled the Protestant Reformation