The teaching Magisterium of the church in ecumenical
council also affirms indulgences.
Council of Trent (1545-1563),
, Session 25
Christ gave the power of granting indulgences to the Church,
and since the Church has, even in ancient times, made use
of this divinely given power (Mt. 16:19; 18:18), the holy council
teaches and commands that
the usage of indulgences
usage most beneficial to Christians and approved by the
authority of the holy councils--
should be kept up in the
; and it anathematizes those who say that indulgences
are useless, or that the Church does not have the power
of granting them."