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Do Purgatory Exist?

As a Catholic doctrine made me to understand that there's Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. But I want your views and clarification on the issue of Purgatory. Does it really exist because the Catholic teachings made me to understand there is Mortal Sin and Vanal Sin but if one dies without going for confession he will go to Purgatory where will will stay until he atone for the sins he committed on Earth with our intercession on earth before he can move to Heaven.

Please your views are needed for more clarification.

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That's a tidy explanation. Appreciated.

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Ok, i see. . . .The teaching on purgatory (which is a doctrine of the Catholic Church) has not changed.  Purgatory is a separate concept from limbo (which is not a doctrine of the Catholic Church).  The teaching on limbo was developed by theologians in the middle ages.  Some people (theologians and popes included) believe in the concept of limbo, while other people (theologians and popes included) do not.  To believe (or not believe) in the concept of limbo is not a matter of salvation for Catholics.  Personally, I side with current pope and believe that infants that die without sanctifying grace from baptism receive God's mercy and enter heaven (which is different from the teaching on limbo).

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Thank you, Omenko. Incidentally, I'd seen the catholic.com site, so no surprises there. Your efforts are appreciated, though.

However, I don't see where the essential answer to the question appears in the article excerpted from that site. The essential question was about the issue of whether the doctrine of purgatory/limbo had been rejected, or the Catholic views about that doctrine have changed in the course of time, dialogue and experience.

I might have questions on this part, though:

Eseentially, has there been any change(s) in the Catholic views of purgatory/limbo - no matter how significant or small such a change might be?

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No problem. . .

The Church teaches that those who die in Gods grace, but imperfectly purified undergo a process of purification.  This purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins (i.e., sins that kill the spiritual life of the soul and deprive a person of salvation, unless he repents) forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically venial sins (i.e., minor sins) and the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.

In some Christian traditions, it is taught that our souls are declared clean when we accept Christ. Scripture reveals that Christ obtained all or our salvation on the cross and it is applied to us over the course of time through, among other things, the process of sanctification through which the Christian is made holy. Sanctification involves suffering (Rom. 5:3–5), and purgatory is the final stage of sanctification that some of us need to undergo before we enter heaven. 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. Not all will have to undergo purification, i.e., some people die in a state of grace.  But for those that do not, the process of purification takes place where they are actually made clean (i.e., purified). (see www.catholic.com for more info).

As for limbo, I pilfered this article from the same site (i.e. www.catholic.com).  Basically, its a letter written by Karl Keating discussing limbo.

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Perhaps a better approach is for you to advise on what the real situation actually is. There seems to be many sources saying different things on the web; and that includes some sources that claim to be Catholic. What, in your view, is the confusion about; and how do you offer a balance?

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I'll ask my question again. . . .When and where did the pope or the Church claim that purgatory and limbo existed then later claim that they didn't exist?  Can you provide a source to this?

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the last time the catholic church revised it opinion on limbo was jan 19 2007 when pope benidict said that un babtised babies go to heaven. in 1993 the catholic church said there was no limbo, in the 15 century there was limbo in the 1300's there was no limbo. in 1100 there was limbo. st augustine was the first to mention the idea of limbo in the 4th century while st .Pelagius denounced the idea a few years latter,

1031 was when purgatory was introduced formaly by the catholic church by pope john XIX and Councils of Florence and Trent

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Please poster, Nairaland may get you even more confused. If you want to understand a particular religions teaching, please look for their web sites. Check www.ewtn.com for more on catholic teachings.

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Ke kwanu,

When and where did the pope or the Church claim that purgatory and limbo existed then later claim that they didn't exist?  Can you provide a source to this?

thanks,

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considering that the pope and the catholic church have claimed purgatory and limbo exist then later said they didnt i wouldnt take anything at face value from them or thier book

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@poster

see ur answers in the link below

http://www.scripturecatholic.com/purgatory.html

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