from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church A faculty granted by the pope to deviate from the common law of the Church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A permission or privilege granted by the church authority that excepts an individual from what is otherwise a norm of church law, such as a release from monastic vows.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A privilege or exemption; an indulgence; a dispensation granted by the pope.
  • n. A duty levied on all importations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To indulge; grant; permit; accord.
  • n. An indulgence; license; permission; grant.
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a license or permission granted by the Pope for the performance of some act not sanctioned by the common law of the church; an exemption; a privilege.
  • n. In Spain, an impost formerly paid to the king on everything brought in galleons from America.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Medieval Latin indultum, from Late Latin, concession, gift, from Latin indultum, neuter past participle of indulgēre, to be kind.


  • It is to be noted moreover that the word indult, employed in a less restricted sense, is synonymous with privilege, grace, favor, concession, etc.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • The indult Mass - which probably shouldn't be called the indult Mass any more; but what to call it?


  • In cases where a cleric had formerly been a physician, he may not practise medicine except through necessity, without obtaining a papal indult, which is generally not granted except for an impelling cause

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • You'll have to ask the experts, but as I understand it, it is a general permission or liberalization for the Tridentine Mass to be offered anywhere by any priest without an indult - in other words, the old Mass is more or less restored and is on equal footing with the Novus Ordo - not that it needs restoration, but some progressive Church people wanted it suppressed and would not permit it in their diocese, and so on - it's a big deal.

    Motu Proprio

  • -- 352 parliamentarians of Paris had an indult, that is to say, the right of obliging collators and church patrons to bestow the first vacant benefice either on himself or on one of his children, relations or friends.

    The Modern Regime, Volume 2

  • It shows that the so called "indult" of today is really just empty words.

    The Traditional Mass

  • A few weeks ago when all the debate concerning the liberal use of the pre-Vatican II ordo of Pius V was circulating around the news and blogworld, a few people discussed the political ramifications affecting resistance towards this 'indult' apparently centered within the French hierarchy.

    Archive 2006-11-26

  • The Bishops granted an 'indult' for the priest to wear a suit with a clerical shirt because of the anti-Catholic sentiment in the mainly protestant American culture.

    So I'm wrong...

  • Moreover, by a kind of indult, it would seem, the organ is admitted, even in Lent and Advent, to support the singing of the choir, but in this case it must cease with the singing.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Do you think there would have been an "indult" sans



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  • December 11, 2006