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  Purgatory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Purgatory commonly refers to a doctrine in the Roman Catholic Church, which posits that those who die in a state of grace undergo a purification in order to achieve the holiness necessary to enter heaven.
Hence central to the Catholic doctrine of purgatory is prayer for the dead.
Some Eastern Orthodox sources, including the Ecumenical Patriarchate, consider Purgatory to be among "inter-correlated theories, unwitnessed in the Bible or in the Ancient Church" that are not acceptable within Orthodox doctrine,[7] and hold to a "condition of waiting"[8] as a more apt description of the period after death for those not borne directly to heaven.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Purgatory   (2409 words)

 Purgatory - LoveToKnow 1911
Thenceforth it became part of the theology of the Western Church, and was definitely affirmed at the councils of Lyons (1274), Florence (1439)(1439) and Trent.
Purgatory, for example, is usually thought of as having some position in space, and as being distinct from heaven and hell; but any theory as to its exact latitude and longitude, such as underlies Dante's description, must be regarded as imaginative.
Most theologians since Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventura have taught that the souls in purgatory are tormented by material fire, but the Greeks have never accepted this opinion.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Purgatory   (455 words)

Purgatory (Lat., "purgare", to make clean, to purify) in accordance with Catholic teaching is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God's grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.
In the Middle Ages, the doctrine of purgatory was rejected by the Albigenses, Waldenses, and Hussites.
It is the traditional faith of Catholics that the souls in purgatory are not separated from the Church, and that the love which is the bond of union between the Church's members should embrace those who have departed this life in God's grace.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/12575a.htm   (4466 words)

Pope John Paul II has recently informed the world that Purgatory is still there and he's made arrangements with the powers that may be to let us out early when we die.
Purgatory is located close to Hell, but, unlike Hell, it has a two-way door.
The Council of Trent (1545-1563) declared the Purgatory swindle to be a matter of Catholic faith.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/john_murphy/purgatory.html   (548 words)

The advocates of a purgatory (and the necessity of prayer for the dead) say, in effect, that the redemption of Christ was incomplete.
Purgatory is the final phase of Christ’s applying to us the purifying redemption that he accomplished for us by his death on the cross.
Purgatory makes sense because there is a requirement that a soul not just be declared to be clean, but actually be clean, before a man may enter into eternal life.
www.catholic.com /library/Purgatory.asp   (2185 words)

 Scripture Catholic - PURGATORY
Protestants, in attempting to disprove the reality of purgatory, argue that Paul was only writing about rewarding good works, and not punishing sins (because punishing and purifying a man from sins would be admitting that there is a purgatory).
3:14,15,17 - purgatory thus reveals the state of righteousness (v.14), state of venial sin (v.15) and the state of mortal sin (v.17), all of which are judged after death.
It is a matter that may be inquired into, and either ascertained or left doubtful, whether some believers shall pass through a kind of purgatorial fire, and in proportion as they have loved with more or less devotion the goods that perish, be less or more quickly delivered from it.
www.scripturecatholic.com /purgatory.html   (3284 words)

Purgatory then began the long, uphill battle of writing new material, as well as working on a stage show.
The EP was generating heavy local radio airplay, and Purgatory quickly found themselves in the middle of the Cleveland metal scene.
Purgatory had survived a major obstacle, and their optimism about the release of the new album had returned.
www.geocities.com /twoonesix_bands/purgatory.html   (934 words)

Souls in purgatory are assured of an eventual place in heaven, but they must make satisfaction for their sins first, the affliction of their souls purifies them.
Upon this doctrine of purgatory rests the Catholic practice of praying for the dead, saying masses for the dead, and of the Pope's granting indulgences for the sake of those in purgatory.
But nothing resembling the developed doctrine of purgatory and indulgences, etc. It is interesting that the Orthodox church does not hold to purgatory, a church that also claims the authority of the fathers and to rest its doctrine on the consensus of their teaching as an infallible authority.
www.faithtacoma.org /sermons/Romancath/RC11.html   (2833 words)

 Purgatory - Barefoot in the wilderness
And the secondary issues of whether Purgatory happens at death or afterwards, whether its discomfort is instant or prolonged, and whether that discomfort arises from the experience itself or only our remembrance of it are truly secondary.
Catholic purgatory (I was raised with this tradition) is actually quite similar to Buddhist Bardo realms when you strip away all the corruption of the Church in demanding payment.
If we relate Purgatory with a purging and cleansing action from holy suffering—suffering that is united with Christ, accepted in humility by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, then I think it becomes clearer, especially since St. Paul had a lot to say about suffering for Christ.
john.pettigrew.org.uk /blog/archive/2005/05/31/purgatory   (3468 words)

 Purgatory is a place of mercy
In Purgatory this picture must be completed; everything that had been lost must be restored, so that nothing is wanting to the soul’s original splendor.
The souls in Purgatory are enveloped, as it were, in a thick shroud into which they have wound themselves, while living here on earth.
I behold many souls in Purgatory whose desire to become Saints was motivated by self-will and self-love, or who devoted themselves assiduously to the interior life in order to please their confessors and spiritual directors; whose only motive was not God, but their own glorification, their own egoism.
www.marys-touch.com /truth/purgatory.htm   (2441 words)

Purgatory was a belief of the earliest Christians including Church Fathers such as Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Cyprian, Jerome, Ambrose, Augustine (between 200-500 A.D.) Prayers for the dead were inscribed on the tombs of the early Christians buried in Catacombs.
Purgatory was not invented at the Council of Trent.
The notion of Purgatory is far from being an invention of the middle ages, it was a belief of the earliest Christians.
davidmacd.com /catholic/purgatory.htm   (4370 words)

 EIPS - Purgatory and Indulgences
The doctrine of purgatory as taught by the Roman Catholic Church is nowhere to be found in the Scriptures.
Rome teaches that purgatory is an intermediate place between Heaven and Hell where the soul spends an indeterminate length of time, depending on the gravity of unpardoned sins and the number of indulgences granted on the soul's behalf.
During the period of the early church the existence of purgatory was classified by several theologians as a required belief, but it was not until the councils of Lyon and Florence in the Middle Ages and the Council of Trent in the Reformation period that the teaching was authoritatively defined.
www.ianpaisley.org /article.asp?ArtKey=rome_purgatory   (689 words)

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Purgatory is the name given to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned (hell).
The doctrine of purgatory has the unanimous support of the Church Fathers (early Christians) who addressed the matter, either in direct references to an intermediate state prior to heaven, or in reference to prayers for the dead.
Both purgatory and prayers for the dead were upheld by the major councils, beginning with the Council of Carthage in 394 A.D. to the Council of Trent in 1554 A.D. Evidence of prayers for the dead also appeared in inscriptions on the walls of Christian catacombs in the very early years of the Church.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Rhodes/3543/Purgator.htm   (2416 words)

 Karl Keating
Purgatory is a state of purification, where the soul which has fully repented of its sins, but which has not fully expiated them, has removed from itself the last elements of uncleanliness.
In Fundamentalism's scheme of things, purgatory would be superfluous, since cleansing before entering heaven would be unnecessary, on the notion that every soul is unclean and God ignores the uncleanliness by "covering" the soul's sinfulness.
Purgatory makes sense only if there is a requirement that a soul not just be to be clean, but actually clean.
www.ewtn.com /library/ANSWERS/CATHFUND.htm   (2370 words)

 Fr. Frank Sofie
Purgatory, on the other hand, is temporary; it will cease to be after the last person is released.
Purgatory is the state, after death, where souls who are not yet perfected in their love for God, are purified before admittance to the all holy God.
Purgatory is not an anti-biblical doctrine; it is not unreasonable.
www.ewtn.com /library/ANSWERS/PURGBAS.htm   (2919 words)

 Catholic Apologetics - Purgatory
The teaching of the Church on Purgatory is, when rightly understood and deeply lived, a glorious and consoling doctrine.
Actually Purgatory is something that was believed by early Church and the Apostles.
In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, the Holy Father pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of the spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language.
saint-mike.org /Library/Apologetics/Purgatory.html   (1065 words)

 The Souls in Purgatory (Catholic Youth Networking)
The Souls in Purgatory are part of the Communion of Saints (they are sometimes referred to as "The Church Suffering"), and we have the obligation as Catholics to pray for their speedy release from Purgatory.
So Purgatory is a state of purification, where the soul can be cleansed of all the sins and damage from sin which hinder it from reaching Heaven.
Part of the suffering of Purgatory, of course, is that the souls there can't see God, and they long with all their hearts to be with Him.
catholicyouth.freeservers.com /purgatory/index.htm   (922 words)

The above decree declares purgatory will be believed by the Catholic, and it will be taught and preached as truth, but in-depth discussions as to the fine points and seeking proof from scripture is to be discouraged among the ignorant and unwashed laity.
Purgatory is the machine that drives the sinner into the Church, and parts them from their money.
Purgatory is a complete fraud, perpetrated on the ignorant and the vulnerable.
www.aloha.net /~mikesch/prgtory.htm   (3572 words)

 C.A.R.M. Purgatory
According to Catholic doctrine, purgatory is not supposed to be a place of punishment, but of purification.
Which ever side of the argument you fall into, my goal here is to present a biblical argument that examines the doctrine in an attempt to determine if it is biblical or not.
Of course, the Catholic will say that as a Protestant, I come to the argument with the preconceived belief that (1) Purgatory is unbiblical, (2) that I am biased against it, and (3) that I have an agenda to accomplish.
www.carm.org /catholic/purgatory.htm   (577 words)

The suffering of purgatory is less a concept of physical pain than one of postponement of the "beatific vision." Purgatory will end with the Last Judgment at the close of the world.
The official Roman Catholic teaching on purgatory was defined at the councils of Lyon (1274) and Ferrara-Florence (1438-45) and reaffirmed at Trent (1545-63).
The teachings of the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches set forth a place of temporal punishment in the intermediate realm known as purgatory, in which it is held that all those who die at peace with the church but who are not perfect must undergo penal and purifying suffering.
www.mb-soft.com /believe/txo/purgat.htm   (439 words)

Purgatory is not Hell minus a few torments and degrees Fahrenheit; it's not Heaven minus joy.
Purgatory is simply the place where already saved souls are cleansed of the temporal effects of sin before they are allowed to see the holy face of Almighty God.
Nota bene: Purgatory is His way of ensuring that Revelation 21:27 is true and that nothing unclean will see Heaven.
www.fisheaters.com /purgatory.html   (2269 words)

 Amazon.com: Purgatory: DVD: Uli Edel,Sam Shepard,Eric Roberts,Randy Quaid,Peter Stormare,Brad Rowe,Donnie Wahlberg,J.D. ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The town is actually Purgatory, and the peaceful inhabitants are all famous dead outlaws and criminals such as Doc Holiday and Wild Bill Hickok who must redeem themselves before gaining admittance to Heaven...or screw up and go to Hell.
Purgatory is a down-and-dirty Western with a twist The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling would have loved.
Purgatory packs enough action for western enthusiasts, even though it may come off as too preachy for some, and while it wears thin towards the end, it still manages to be solid entertainment with an intriguing idea.
www.amazon.com /Purgatory-Uli-Edel/dp/B0007OY2OO   (1865 words)

 Purgatory Golf
Purgatory Golf Club is a resort quality golf course in Noblesville, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis.
When played from the front tees at only 4,400 yards, Purgatory is one of the shortest courses in Indiana.
When played from the back tees at over 7,700 yards, Purgatory is the longest golf course in Indiana.
www.purgatorygolf.com   (247 words)

 CUF.org :: Catholics United for the Faith
RESPONSE: Purgatory is a doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Though the word “purgatory” is not found in the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments provide textual support of the doctrine.
They believe that, upon death, all who have been born again are covered in the mercy of God and allowed into heaven no matter the quality or quantity of their sinfulness.
www.cuf.org /Faithfacts/details_view.asp?ffID=120   (2611 words)

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