Definitely. I think the format should be something like this:
"The ten thousandth person to retweet this will receive an indulgence."
Maybe do it monthly or weekly. I think and even better way to do it would be to start selling lottery tickets for indulgences though. Maybe the church could make more money that they could use to promote sadism and and cover up sexual abuse with. It's a win win for everybody.
An indulgence is not the 'get out of hell free' card that the media portrays it to be.
An indulgence is closely linked to the sacrament of Penance, both of which focus on one's relationship with God. An indulgence is simply a means by which an individual may come closer to God, in effect by removing or partially removing the temporal punishment of sin (Purgatory).
Even when the Church offers a plenary indulgence, it is only obtained by those who are actively involved in World Youth Day (despite being unable to attend personally) and are wholly committed to a relationship with Christ.
Following the Pope on twitter doesn't cut it.
Taking indulgences for what they really are, and understanding that indulgences are only 'received' by those who are pursue a relationship with Christ and are decent, charitable human beings, it is not unreasonable for the Pope to be offering indulgences via social media.
Whether or not indulgences actually work, and whether the Pope has the moral authority to grant them is beyond the scope of this question.
The link below provides a good explanation of what the twitter indulgences are really about:
People insist on taking the Catholic church seriously in spite of its contributions to the African AIDS crisis, the paedophilia cover-ups, support for fascist regimes, its revolting amount of riches (highly christian to drape yourselves in gold and opulent hats as people starve) and finally, -it claiming to be some kind of moral authority on things!-
And it'll only go away if people start seeing it as laughable. Keep it up, Popey.
The bible clearly states in Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. "
Salvation in a gift, it doesn't say anywhere in the bible you need to pay for someone to let you in, you get forgiven of your sin by asking Jesus, not some random pope or priest who makes money off lying to people.
John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (It doesn't say by paying indulgences to the pope!)
This idea of whether the pope should offer indulgences via social media is the most retarded thing on the planet. Whoever is going to buy these should start buying ciggarrettes they will do the same damage and better you'll get a lite headed feeling from the cigarettes. Personally I think cigarrettes are evil and they keep you from freeing your mind.Here is your almighty lovely pope!