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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?

The Catholic Church teaches ways by which we are freed from the temporal consequence of our sin, and thereby eliminate our need of Purgatory. One is the Sacrament of Baptism: By Baptism all sins are ...
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Where did Augustine say that the same fire that tortures the damned purifies the elect?

This quote does come from Augustine, but its application to the doctrine of purgatory seems to be the work of Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas (who mistakenly attributes it to Gregory the Great) quotes ...
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Offering Indulgences to the Poor souls in Purgatory

A soul in purgatory is a soul in purgatory. No where does the Church define that an indulgence for particular soul in purgatory has to be named in order to receive an indulgence when we meet the ...
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Does Romans 8:1 Cast Doubt On Purgatory?

In Catholic belief, purgatory is not condemnation: It is a place of penance and purification (note the Latin root in common with "purging", "purgare", meaning to purify), in ...
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Purgatory for those who are saved outside the Church?

I thought I would share some relevant words from 'The Life and Revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich': “I was present when God passed sentence on notorious sinners. Great is His justice, but ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are Adam and Eve in heaven?

What Catholic tradition speaks of them to be in heaven? This is the doctrine known as the Harrowing of Hell. It says that, after his crucifixion, Jesus descended to the realm of the dead, in order to ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the purpose of praying for the dead?

Those on earth do not know with certainty whether one is in hell, purgatory, or heaven—unless the Church has canonized the faithfully departed as a saint, in which case one is certain he or she is in ...
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Does Hades (The bosom of Abraham) still exist after Christ's resurrection

I will answer the question from the viewpoint of Roman Catholic doctrine. Before Christ's death, the state or "place" of the souls of all dead people (Hebrew sheol, Greek hades and Latin inferus [1]) ...
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Purgatory and Plenary Indulgences?

Purgatory and Plenary Indulgences? In order to gain a plenary indulgence we must have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin. That means we must not have any desire ...
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Can Requiem Masses be said for the souls of the unbaptized?

Yes, if they're catechumens: 1983 Can. 1183 §1. When it concerns funerals, catechumens must be counted among the Christian faithful. Yes, if they were children whose parents intended to baptize them:...
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Offering Indulgences to the Poor souls in Purgatory

The Church documents on this refer to the dead (the souls in purgatory) in general terms. For example: Pope Paul VI's Apostolic Constitution on Indulgences says: n.3—Partial as well as plenary ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by the phrase "in the age to come"?

Catholics see this passage as evidence for the existence of Purgatory (i.e. there are sins that will be pardoned after death). 1030 All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the purpose of praying for the dead?

The Catholic Church believes that souls who die in the state of grace, yet still need to be purified from the temporal punishment due to sin are purified in Purgatory. Catholic teaching regarding ...
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How does Catholicism biblically defend purgatory in a way that upholds the sufficiency of Christ's work?

The Catholic Church teaches the doctrine of Purgatory while also teaching the sufficient and superabundant merits of the Passion of Christ. The first component to understanding this is the dogma that ...
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What happens to the fruits of the Mass applied to a particular soul who is no longer in purgatory?

The general belief is that the duration of a soul's stay in purgatory is determined by how fast the process of purification gets accomplished. Prayers of the people on earth, including Mass ...
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How does Catholicism biblically defend purgatory in a way that upholds the sufficiency of Christ's work?

My question is not about the prayers or the process of purification in purgatory. My question is about the notion of there being some aspect of Divine Justice that was not satisfied on the sinners ...
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What is the basis of the teaching that souls in purgatory can intercede for the living?

What is the basis of the teaching that souls in purgatory can intercede for the living? First of all, we must remember that there are three divisions that make up the Communion of Saints: the Church ...
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Can an indulgence be applied to a deceased non-Catholic Christian?

Can an indulgence be obtained for a deceased non-Catholic Christian? The short answer is possibly and even probably. There are several reason, why I believe that, yes, indulgences may be applied to ...
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Purgatory, 2 Corinthians 5:10, and Protestantism

Regarding Purgatory and Protestantism, I found an article that starts thus: According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Purgatory is “a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, ...
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Did Martin Luther accept or reject the existence of Purgatory?

Reading through Martin Luther's sermons, it appears he clearly rejected purgatory as early as 1524, with doubts beginning as early at 1522 Luther on Purgatory A Sermon by Martin Luther; taken from his ...
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What was the Early Church's position on Purgatory?

I use only one Catholic source for this answer, beginning with the eschatological aspect which had to be formed first, gives the history of the doctrine, then explains some of the differences that ...
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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?

According to Catholic Church, how long should a person pray for the soul of his/her dear ones after the death of the latter? The Church does not limit in any way the duration of time that should pray ...
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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?

Whatsoever is not of faith, is sin. [Romans 14:23 KJV.] All that believe are justified from all things [Acts 13:39 KJV.] The question about purgatory can be answered by concentrating on ...
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Did the Early Church believe in purgatory?

Pohle-Preuss, Eschatology or the Catholic Doctrine of the Last Things: A Dogmatic Treatise, pt. 1, ch. 5 on purgatory: Tertullian mentions anniversary masses for the dead.18 That he had Purgatory in ...
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Can you explain purgatory and how to get out?

I believe that you somewhat misunderstand Purgatory. The state of Purgatory is entered into after physical death, not while one is alive. Purgatory is a state of "purging" (the similarity of ...
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What is the merit of praying for the souls of the faithful in purgatory compared to for the living?

What you quote is very similar to what St. Thomas Aquinas writes in Summa Theologica suppl. q. 71 a. 5 ad 3 (= Super Sent. lib. 4 d. 45 q. 2 a. 2 qc. 1 ad 3): Suffrage for a dead person is more ...
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How is the Catholic belief in Purgatory supported?

What One must examine is the Hebraic origins. The Hebrew culture is the source of some of the Held traditions, and Beliefs of Christianity, and Catholicism. The Issue with Gentiles adopting this ...
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Old Roman Catholic Bibles having indulgence charts?

I received a Bible for my Confirmation in 1970 and there was a list of indulgences in the introduction. There were also specific prayers and how many times you had to say them to remove a soul from ...
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Did Dante's Divine Comedy describe or define Christian views on the afterlife?

Did Dante's Divine Comedy describe or define Christian views on the afterlife? How much of Dante's description describes explicit Church doctrine as of his era, and to what extent, if any, did Dante ...
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According to the Catholic Church, does purgatory have a symbol?

There's no official symbols for purgatory, I don't think so. But there are iconographic and traditional symbols, used in traditional literature, painting, etc... For instance, the bridge. ...
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