TREASURY OF MERIT (OR TREASURY OF THE CHURCH)
BASIC R.C. BELIEF
The superabundant merits of Christ and the saints from which the Church
draws to confer spiritual blessings, as Indulgences. The thought is that
some saints had a surplus of merit (more than they needed for Heaven).
Rather than lose these, God stored them so others who have need can draw
from this superabundance.
POST VATICAN II
In the encyclical INDULGENTARIUM DOCTRINA, Vatican II reiterated the Roman
Catholic belief in the Treasury of Merit.
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