BTW... My sister in law who teaches the Catechism in her parish and for the school, says the standard time in purgatory is a year. THAT IS NOT INSTANT. And it is happening now... its not something that will happen when Heaven comes as the WORD implies in I Corinthians 3. They are two different things by what the word says, and what the Catholic church is teaching about them.
What gets me also is, that these same people who claim we are not good enough by the blood of Jesus to go to Heaven, and we need this purgatory to prepare us... believe that their prayers can get someone out. If you are not good enough by the cleansing blood to avoid it, where do you find you are worthy to pray someone out in a year? And who came up with the year as the standard stay?
I've had 3 catholic widows in my family, all whom claim on the 1 year anniversary of the death of the husband, that he got out of purgatory and went to heaven that day, the priest told them.
This is what the Catechism says about Purgatory...
1030 All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.604
The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:605 As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.606
1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin."607
From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.608
The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead: Let us help and commemorate them. If Job's sons were purified by their father's sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.609
604 Cf. Council of Florence (1439): DS 1304; Council of Trent (1563): DS 1820; (1547): 1580; see also Benedict XII, Benedictus Deus (1336): DS 1000.
605 Cf. 1 Cor 3:15; 1 Pet 1:7.
606 St. Gregory the Great, Dial. 4, 39: PL 77, 396; cf. Mt 12:31.
607 2 Macc 12:46.
608 Cf. Council of Lyons II (1274): DS 856.
609 St. John Chrysostom, Hom. in 1 Cor. 41, 5: PG 61, 361; cf. Job 1:5.
Now, Kensignton, where does it state that one must pay a $150.00? Where does it say that one must spend at least one year in Purgatory before being released? Where does it state that it is a "place?" I think it refers to it as a process. Please tell me. The Catechism include the official teachings of the Church. Please point these things out.
Kensington, I have been a Catholic for a year now. I think I know more than most cradle
Catholics. Yes, this is a shame. Obviously, your sister-in-law is wrong, and the fact she teaches Catechism, she should know better. In my studies to become a Catholic, not once I have heard of these things you have mentioned.
I wish you would stop listening to people and find out what the Church really teaches on these matters before you start commenting on them. Please educate yourself. Here are some fine links to start with.www.catholic.comwww.fisheaters.com