Finally we are nearing the final answer to this question. In the previous two articles, we have explored some of the teachings of the Catholic Church on suffering and Purgatory, and now it is time for me to posit what I believe the answer to this question to be. Now, remember, I am by no means the official voice of the Church, but I will try and use Her teachings, as given by Christ and inspired by the Holy Spirit, to back up my argument.
Now, Purgatory. Now, the word Purgatory is never explicitly stated in Scripture, but then again, neither is the word Trinity, but that does not negate its presence in the Scriptures; and I’m sure that every Christian will agree that the Trinity is made apparent in the Scriptures. What exactly is Purgatory? Many believe that it is an in-between of Heaven and Hell. Now, this contains kernels of Truth, but I would say that it is more accurately described as a precursor to Heaven for holy, yet imperfect, souls. But, in order to get a more definitive answer, let us look towards the Catechism: Read more
In order to answer this question, I first want to look at two key teachings of the Catholic Church: on Purgatory and on suffering. Now, the answer I am going to posit is by no means official Church teaching on this particular question, it will be, for the most part, speculative; that is, it will be my best attempt at answering this question for you. Read more