3 Why doesn’t the Roman church – If they really believe this to be true, And believe they have the authority To open this treasury, Simply open it And let the poor souls Suffering in purgatory Come out, And keep the souls of the saints From entering there in the first place? In the best light, It’s because they want to use this treasure To encourage God’s people to do good works. We read in the Catholic Catechism under indulgences, “An indulgence is obtained through the Church who, by virtue of the power of binding and loosing granted her by Christ Jesus, intervenes in favor of individual Christians and opens for them the treasury of the merits of Christ and the saints to obtain from the Father of mercies the remission of the temporal punishments due for their sins.
Thus the Church does not want simply to come to the aid of these Christians, but also to spur them to works of devotion, penance, and charity
” (1478). They’re basically saying That if the church made it too easy To go to heaven, It would encourage us to ungodliness Rather than godliness.