From a reader about to be ordained:
About a month ago you blogged that new priest blessings don’t specifically have indulgences attached to them and recommended future ordinands ask their bishop to send a letter to the apostolic penitentiary so that a partial indulgence would be attached to it.
I’m a religious who will be ordained this year so I asked my major superior (ordinary). He liked the idea and asked me to prepare a letter. Since I’m not too clear on what needed to be in it, I asked a priest I considered much wiser on said points. He responded that all blessings already contain a partial indulgence so there’s no need to ask but we could send a not just to be sure. Do all blessings contain partial indulgences?
(And while you’re at it, it may be nice if you included what we who will be ordained should include in such letters.)
Superiors should know what they are supposed to do.
Firstly, there is a plenary indulgence given to the faithful who assist devoutly at the first Mass of a priest (and also as his 25, 50, 60 and 70 year anniversaries – Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, art. 27).
I find nothing in the Enchiridion that says a recipient of any priestly blessing can receive a partial indulgence. Perhaps that priest could supply that citation. I think Father is wrong.
The faithful can receive a partial indulgence through the pious use of an object blessed by a priest (Enchiridion, 14).
There is nothing about merely receiving an invocative blessing that enables one to receive an indulgence.
May I suggest a good review of the Enchiridion? You (and all priests) should be familiar with it for priestly ministry. The Enchiridion provides the information you need to include in the letter you wrote about.
NB: A major superior cannot grant an indulgence unless he has been expressly given this power by the Roman Pontiff (can. 995). The law permits diocesan bishops the right to grant partial indulgences to their subjects (Enchiridion 7).
The letter granting the indulgence should be written by the diocesan bishop. It would be appropriate for the major superior to request this indulgence from the diocesan bishop on behalf of the priests under his charge.