BASIC R.C. BELIEF
Early liberation from Purgatory through Mary's intercession. Roman Catholic
commentators disagree about this special indulgence. Some say sabbatine
refers to a time after death (a rest) and only indicates Purgatory will be
brief. The classic belief is that a person, having complied with certain
conditions, is to be released from Purgatory by the Blessed Virgin the
Saturday after his death.
The conditions include wearing the brown Scapular or a scapular medal,
observance of chastity in accord with one's state in life and a daily
recitation of a litany to Mary. If one cannot read, abstinence from meat on
Wednesdays and Saturdays may be substituted. Certain other priests can
grant other substitutions.
POST VATICAN II
In Modern Roman Catholicism, these practices are dying out, and are often
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