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Even a theologian and expert on the canonical tradition of the Church as Venerable [[Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain]] not only did not oppose, but participated in the practice of indulgences. In his letter, dated April 1806, to Paisius, Bishop of Stagonas, who at that time was living in Constantinople, he asks him to obtain an Absolution Certificate at the Patriarchate for a living monastic, also named Nicodemus, and send it to him. The Venerable Nicodemus promises Bp. Paisius that he would send the money necessary to purchase the certificate as soon as he knows how much it would cost.<ref>Philip Ilios: Sygchorochartia // Ta istorika, Athens. Vol. 3 (1985), 22-23.</ref>
Indulgences as a means of enrichment were condemned at the Council of Constantinople in the year 1838. That Council, like the Council of the year 1727, was devoted to the extermination of Latin dogmas and usages. Its main theme was the Unia. An encyclical, published by the Council, was signed by Patriarchs [[Gregory VI]] of Constantinople and Patriarch Athanasius of Jerusalem. It was also signed by eleven hierarchs of the [[Synod]] of Constantinople. The text was also sent to the absent Patriarchs, [[Hierotheus I of Alexandria ]] and Methodius of Antioch.
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