There is but only one thing you can do to shorten your time in purgatory, pay us lots of money.
Pope for I have sinned, what can I do to shorten my time in purgatory.
I thought the way to shorten ones time in purgatory was to be kind and helpful.
So if I give you all my money my time in purgatory will be shortened?
What were indulgences.
Ha ha. I have no control over purgatory and am getting money!
Why Martin Luther posted the 95 theses.
Now everyone will know that indulgences are a lie
A peasant comes to the pope because he has sinned and still wants to go to heaven. He asks the pope what he can do and the pope lies to him, saying that he could shorten ones time in purgatory but it would cost them.
Indulgences were a way for people to supposedly shorten their time in purgatory, and all the person who wanted to shorten their time in purgatory had to do was give the pope a lot of money. This was a lie and this made the pope even more powerful by lying.
Martin Luther posted the 95 theses because he wanted to let the people know that the pope and church have no control over purgatory, and that the people are getting scammed by giving the church their money.