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Purgatory is a primarily Catholic doctrine (but not exclusively) involving a possibly temporary in-between place that is neither heaven or hell.

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What is the Biblical support for Purgatory?

Exactly as the title asks; where do Catholics get their Scriptural support for the idea of Purgatory? To be more specific, how I think of Purgatory (which may be incorrect) is that it's a temporary ...
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What is the Protestant argument against the doctrine of Purgatory?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches the idea of Purgatory, which is defined by Wikipedia as follows: Purgatory is, according to Catholic teaching, the state or place of purification or temporary ...
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Did Dante's Divine Comedy describe or define Christian views on the afterlife?

Dante's Divine Comedy, the 14th century epic poem describing a journey through the various levels of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven and the persons or types of persons who inhabit each level (including ...
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How is the Catholic belief in Purgatory supported?

There is already this question on this site: What is the Biblical support for Purgatory? But I believe there might be more to the Catholic argument. We know that Catholics regard the Holy Tradition ...
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Did Martin Luther accept or reject the existence of Purgatory?

Martin Luther rejected many dogmas and doctrines of the Catholic Church. What was his belief concerning Purgatory? Did he accept it or reject it?
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A problem with Purgatory: How could Jesus say what he did to the repentant criminal on a cross next to him if Purgatory existed?

If I understand the matter of Purgatory correctly, it is as stated in this Catholic Encyclopedia of Theology which speaks of ‘believing humanity, characterized by finality of decision’ – which surely ...
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Did Augustine believe in Purgatory?

Purgatory was one of the doctrines the Reformers reacted most strongly against, though many Reformers claimed Augustine of Hippo as being in agreement with their theology. Did Augustine teach a ...
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According to Catholicism, in what cases is Purgatory necessary?

As I understand it, there are at least two "steps" necessary for a person to reach Heaven; I hope this description is valid from nearly all Christian viewpoints. First the person has to choose to ...
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Old Roman Catholic Bibles having indulgence charts?

I just listened to a podcast of an Orthodox priest talking about his conversion into the Eastern Orthodox church. He mentioned something about how he once courted an irish Catholic girl who had a big ...
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Can Catholic works of ‘satisfaction’ (prayer, fasting, etc.) for the removal of temporal punishments of venial sin be credited to others still alive?

Here is what I think I understand: A Catholic believes in something called penance that is understood as a sacrament by which forgiveness of sins (committed after baptism) is granted through the ...
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Are funerals a way to reduce the time of the dead in purgatory

I was reading an article on TVTropes and I've found this : In a way, there's a "Person Needs Prayer Badly" in medieval European Catholicism... in order to go to Heaven (or reduced their ...
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According to Roman Catholic Doctrine, what things have the power to decrease a person's time in purgatory?

Roman Catholic teaching states that many people spend a certain amount of time in purgatory after they die before going to heaven. I remember hearing something to the effect that people who are still ...
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What's the name of this doctrine and (when) did the Eastern Orthodox Church condemn it?

"God is merciful and He wants all people to be saved, thus, all the humans, even the worst ones, having fully redeemed themselves from their wrongdoings by spending some adequate time in the hell, ...
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How do Catholics explain Jesus' words to the thief on the cross, in light of the doctrine of Purgatory?

In Luke 23, there is a brief conversation between Jesus and one of the thieves crucified beside him: 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43Jesus answered him, “Truly ...
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Offering Indulgences to the Poor souls in Purgatory

Obviously this Question is strictly for Catholics. When all conditions are met from those being granted an indulgence, particularly a plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory. Is it necessary ...
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Where did Augustine say that the same fire that tortures the damned purifies the elect?

I've seen it quoted on internet sites that Augustine said that the same fire that tortures the damned purifies the elect. Supposedly he meant by this that the fires of Purgatory and Hell are the same. ...
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According to Roman Catholic Doctrine, does everyone spend time in purgatory?

As I understand it, the Roman Catholic Church teaches that there is place of suffering called Purgatory where people spend time being purged of the sins they committed on earth. However, it seems ...
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Does Hades (The bosom of Abraham) still exist after Christ's resurrection

I've been listening to this pastor from AoC Network that has been talking about Hades as there is/was a place of torment and a place of peace, before Christ's resurrection. This is where people who ...
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Purgatory for those who are saved outside the Church?

The Catholic Church teaches that some might be saved outside the Catholic Church. This question relates to those, for example a non-denominational Christian that lives his life ignorantly but ...
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Which Catholic theologians say that Purgatory is a "fiery moment"?

I was watching a video interview of NT Wright about life after death, in which he makes a statement that: Some Roman Catholic theologians now say that that's actually what Purgatory is actually ...
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Can an indulgence be applied to a deceased non-Catholic Christian?

The Manual of Indulgences published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states that The faithful can obtain a partial or plenary indulgences for themselves, or they can apply them to ...
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How does Catholicism biblically defend purgatory in a way that upholds the sufficiency of Christ's work?

Below is a quote from an answer to this question "What is the basis of the teaching that souls in purgatory can intercede for the living?: The (Catholic) Church refers to the souls in purgatory ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are Adam and Eve in heaven?

According to this site As we have said elsewhere, Adam and Eve are not called saints in ordinary reference, historical or scriptural. But they may be called saints on their feast day, which is ...
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Can Requiem Masses be said for the souls of the unbaptized?

According to Catholic teaching, can Requiem Masses be said for the souls of the deceased unbaptized?
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According to the Catholic Church, does purgatory have a symbol?

I haven't found it on the internet. Are there any symbols for purgatory, or related to purgatory?
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The soul's progression through purgatory

Does anyone know of any folklore in Christian mythology about what happens to the soul as it progresses through purgatory and into heaven? (Plus, of course, for systems that hold universal ...
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Purgatory and Plenary Indulgences?

In regards to the purification of the soul before entering heaven; suppose a person has a desire that is sinful and has struggled with it for many years to the point that it has become habitual. The ...
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Does the Eastern Orthodox Church believe in Aerial Toll Houses?

In the Oration, St. Gregory of Nazianzus talked about “last baptism,” the baptism of eschatological fire, longer lasting and more painful than one’s penance for sins (Or. 39.19). Some Protestants have ...
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Purgatory - is it a place or state?

According to Catholicism, does purgatory refer to a place or state? Has it ever been described as a place and then later a state, or vice-versa?
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According to Catholicism, what is the purpose of praying for the dead?

What is the purpose of praying for the dead according to Catholicism?
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According to Roman Catholic teaching, did people who died in Old Testament times spend time in Purgatory?

I understand that the Roman Catholic Church teaches that people today spend time in Purgatory after they die prior to going to heaven. However, this teaching does not appear to have been taught in ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by the phrase "in the age to come"?

We read at Matthew 12:31-32 (RSVCE): 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever says a word ...
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What is the difference between immediate judgment after death and the final judgment, according to Catholicism?

According to this site, adapted from the United States Catechism for Adults, "Our Church teaches that immediately after death, our soul separates from our earthly body and we stand before God for ...
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Limbo part of purgatory?

Did any theologians think that the limbo for children (limbus puerorum) is part of purgatory?
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Does Romans 8:1 Cast Doubt On Purgatory?

Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. How do Catholics respond to the apparent incompatibility between this verse and purgatory? That being that we ...
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What happens to the fruits of the Mass applied to a particular soul who is no longer in purgatory?

What happens to the fruits of the Mass applied to a particular soul who is no longer in purgatory?
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What is the basis of the teaching that souls in purgatory can intercede for the living?

Point 6 in the Our Sunday Visitor Article "9 truths about purgatory" is that souls in purgatory can intercede for us: The souls in purgatory can’t do anything for themselves, but the Church ...
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What is the means of forgiveness in Purgatory?

And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. Matthew 12:32 (...
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Is there a non-Catholic view of purification of the spirit after physical death?

Is there a non-Catholic view of purification of the spirit after physical death? This is related to the phrase "saved by fire" in 1 Corinthians 3:15.
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What is the merit of praying for the souls of the faithful in purgatory compared to for the living?

From the preface by the publisher to Rev. Schouppe's Purgatory Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints: Our suffrages or offerings for the dead are more agreeable to God than our prayers and ...
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According to Catholic Church, how long should a person pray for the soul of his/her dear ones after the death of the latter?

Catholics believe in the existence of Purgatory where one's soul gets purified before one is granted entry into the abode of God. So, we have November, the month dedicated to the prayer for the souls ...
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Purgatory, 2 Corinthians 5:10, and Protestantism

2 Corinthians 5:10 reads: (NA28) τοὺς γὰρ πάντας ἡμᾶς φανερωθῆναι δεῖ ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ, ἵνα κομίσηται ἕκαστος τὰ διὰ τοῦ σώματος πρὸς ἃ ἔπραξεν, εἴτε ἀγαθὸν εἴτε φαῦλον. (My ...
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Can someone atone for the sins of another, in the life after death, if they asked this grace from Our Lord before their own death in this life?

At 1 Peter 2:24 we read: " He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. " Of course, one would be ...
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How do those who reject both predestination and purgatory justify their beliefs?

For the sake of this question: Predestination = from the foundations of the universe, God chose who will be saved. Purgatory = a place where people suffer / are purified, and afterwards, they go to ...
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How is 2 Maccab 12:42-44 interpreted by denominations not accepting the existence of purgatory?

We read in 2 Maccab 12:42-44: Then, Judas, that great man, urged the people to keep away from sin, because they had seen for themselves what had happened to those men who had sinned. He also took up ...
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What was the Early Church's position on Purgatory?

I like to look at views that the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Church share. One of those views that they don't share is purgatory. This got me thinking. Is there any evidence that the Early Church ...
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How do Christians who reject the idea of purgatory deal with the fact that most people don't repent of every sin before they die?

It is an observable fact that most people, even most Christians, don't repent of every sin individually before they die. Even that really great guy at church who's everyone's best friend and is first ...
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Can you explain purgatory and how to get out?

We have the concept of purgatory. I read in different places that purgatory happens after death. But what should be stated clearly is whether they mean physical death or spiritual death when ...
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Luke 16:19-31—Is the rich man in Hell or Purgatory? [closed]

Luke 16:19-31 (NASB) Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered ...
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Did the Jews in Our Lord’s time or earlier believe in a form of purgatory?

Purgatory is most often dismissed as being nothing more than a Roman Catholic belief, but does Judaism have a form of purgatory? (ie a place where our remaining sins are purged) or to quote from the ...
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