You have to love this. Some naughty moneymakers have been selling fake papal blessings.
It's appalling. Shops selling medicine promising that god will cure your cancer, dishcloths with an image of the virgin Mary (taken from an actual photograph, I suppose), and, worst of all, fake blessings.
Don't they realise that fake blessings are less powerful than real blessings? Fake indulgencies that claim that they'll reduce your time in purgatory, won't actually have that effect - and may even *increase* your time in purgatory?
Real blessings cost from $10 to $25, and they really have been blessed by the pope, making them really really holy, and ...
No, I can't do this any more, I'm laughing too hard.
I'll bless you, it's free. Just post a comment to this blog. And you get a cast iron guarantee that you won't have to spend any time at all in purgatory.