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yes! indeed Catholic Church believe in Purgatory. In 1 Peter 3:18-20: " ...He (Jesus Christ) went and preached to those spirits that were in prison..."; a place or State of what we call purgatory where in Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ preached those suffering spirit that fall short because of sins are cleansed, before entering into Heaven. Remember we worship God in Spirit and the membership of the Church is in Spirit. Because of the faith of relatives and friends and of the church; praying together with the Saints and angels in heaven to the Father in Heaven through the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, help the souls in Purgatory to go to heaven. Like what Martha and Mary did, Lazarus had awaken and live.

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Q: Does the Catholic Church still believe in Purgatory?
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What do Christians believe about purgatory?

The theology of purgatory exists in the Roman Catholic church. The belief is that those who have died in a state of grace go to a place of temporary punishment where they must still be purged, cleansed of their venial sins. It is not in Protestant theology.

Can one be a Catholic and not believe in purgatory?

No, to be a Catholic is to submit your judgment to Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, in all things that He has revealed through His Church and to believe all Doctrines of the Church as it is the Lord God Almighty who has revealed them and to refuse to believe what God has said is blasphemous. This is something done out of love for God, and the sure and certain knowledge that God, being the Supreme Creator of All knows best why He has created all things, and that we, being His Creatures, are infinitely below Him in knowledge, wisdom, and judgment. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experienced by those "who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified" (CCC 1030). It notes that "this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1031). To refuse to believe in ANY doctrine of the Church, which has been revealed to It by Our Blessed Lord, is to constitute oneself as a heretic: "[any]one who , having been baptized and professing Christianity, pertinaciously rejects or doubts any article of faith determined by the authority of the Catholic Church. Thus to "not believe" in purgatory either makes one a protestant or a heretic, not a Catholic.

Do Lutherans believe in purgatory?

Although Martin Luther accepted the existence of purgatory early on in the reformation, having been a former Roman Catholic priest, he later rejected it. Today you would be hard pressed to find any Lutheran that still believed in the existence of a purgatory.

What needs to be done during purgatory?

Nothing. Whilst many Roman Catholics still believe in purgatory, the vast majority of the world's non-Catholic Christians do not. They believe that the idea of purgatory has no basis either in scripture nor in the history of the early church, but was a doctrine invented by the Church with no real basis whatsoever in fact. They believe that it is contrary to Biblical teaching, contrary to Christ's teaching and contrary to Paul's teaching on salvation as read in his letters, especially his letter to the Romans, where he makes it clear that we are saved through God's grace and not by any 'cleansing' after death. The concept of purgatory was one of the instigating factors in the breakup of the church at the Reformation. The selling of indulgences - certificates 'guaranteeing' a set number of years off purgatory in return for money paid to the priest for saying a mass for the person's soul - was the main factor that made Martin Luther start the reformation after he was convinced, by reading Romans that the Church had got things wrong. The selling of indulgences led to great corruption in the Church as priests would charge for the certificates, pocket the money, and then conveniently 'forget' to say any masses. So as far as the early Church, the Catholic Church up until the introduction of purgatory, and the majority of Christians today are concerned, nothing needs to be done in purgatory, as they see purgatory as an invention and that it does not exist - and most non-Catholic Christians today regard it as rather repugnant and against God's teaching. ---- Catholic opinion:You mainly have to pray. Purgatory is just a place that is separated from God. That is what the torture is. You are temporarily separated from God and you develop a long for God but can't reach him. It is a place of purification, where souls that are good enough for heaven but is still with blemish is cleaned.In purgatory, you can pray for other people on earth. Purgatory is quite good since it purifies you and makes you truly good in God's eyes and worthy of the treasures of heaven.Yeah you pretty much do nothing but it would be a waste if you don't pray. It in a way it punishes you to clean you, you feel a deep longing for God, but you get to Him.

Why can't an Episcopalian from high church receive Communion in a Catholic church?

Roman Catholic AnswerAn Episcopalian, regardless of his persuasion (high church or low church) is still a protestant, even if he likes the more Catholic ceremonies of the high church. Holy Communion in a Catholic Church is restricted to those who believe as a Catholic and are in a state of grace (have been baptised, and have been to confession). An Episcopalian is not Catholic, and does not believe as the Catholic Church does. If he does believe what the Catholic Church does, like everyone else, he must attend RCIA classes and be legitimately brought into the Church at the Easter Vigil. Having been a "high church" Episcopalian myself, I know of what I speak!

Why do Catholics believe in Purgatory?

Catholics believe in Purgatory because it is mentioned in scripture. Of course, it is not found in Protestant Bibles because Martin Luther tossed out those books of the Old Testament that mentioned Purgatory. But even without the Scriptures to back it up, it should be obvious to everyone that they cannot enter heaven without being perfect, few people die perfect, and a merciful God would not condemn to hell for all eternity those who died in His friendship who still were imperfect. Bottom line? Catholics believe in purgatory because Our Blessed Lord revealed it to His Church as reality, and a dogma of the Church.

Is Purgatory still a part of Catholic belief?

Purgatory has always been part of the Catholic belief. We have always believed in purgatory and we still do. We always will because it is written in the Bible. purgatory is where you go before you are sent to Heaven, possibly but hopefully not, Hell. Only saints and martyrs skip purgatory.Roman Catholic AnswerYes, purgatory is the name for the purging that occurs in those who die less than perfect but with no unforgiven mortal sin on their soul. Purgatory has always been God's plan so that the "less than perfect" but not damned may still enter heaven. There has been a tragic de-emphasis on purgatory in the last forty years. It is tragic as part of our mission in life is to assist the suffering souls in purgatory.

Is Elizabeth Hasselbeck an apostate Catholic who has left the Church?

Apostasy is the total rejection of the Christian faith. I certainly don't believe Hasselbeck, raised a Catholic, has done that. I do, however, believe she is now a Protestant of some sort. I say that based on what she has said about the Catholic Church on The View. Hopefully I am wrong and she is still a practicing Catholic.

Why do Anglicans still say in their creed that they believe in the catholic church?

When they say in the Apostles creed "I believe in the holy Catholic church" they don't mean the Roman Catholic church, which is odd in that the Roman (Latin rite) Catholic church is the TRUE church. If they were to say the Nicene creed which goes.....I believein one holy Catholic and apostolic church....they would have a problem in that they are not apostolic, that is not ordained directly in line from the apostles which catholic priests are. Realising this the Anglicans have changed the definition of Apostolic to mean following the gospel message(s) as originally preached by the apostles. In short Anglicans (low church, liberal church and hight church) are really protestants pretending to be Catholics.

Is a Catholic who does not believe in all beliefs of the Roman Catholic church still a Catholic?

The Catholic Religion teaches that once a Catholic always a Catholic whether practicing or not!Roman Catholic AnswerA Catholic who does not believe in all the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church is traditionally known as heresy, so the proper term for a Catholic who refuses to believe in all the truths taught by the Church that Our Blessed Lord established is a heretic. The modern term for this is "cafeteria Catholic", but the meaning is the same. A Catholic who refuses to be known as a Christian because they do not believe all the things that the Catholic Church teaches is known as an apostate. Our Blessed Lord did not tell us that following Him was going to be easy, or pleasant, but He told us that He would pray to for us to have the strength to do what we are not normally inclined to do.

Did Galileo believe in god?

Yes. While Galileo challenged the Church-sponsored model of geocentrism, he was still Catholic.

How did the Church come to be called the Catholic Church?

The Roman Catholic Church has then be called "Catholic" since, at the latest, the very early second century.The word "catholic" comes from the Greek adjective (katholikos), meaning "universal." When spelled with a capital C it designates the Roman Catholic Church which has allegiance to the Pope, who Catholics believe is the representative of Christ on earth.One of the earliest records of the term "catholic church" is in a letter written in 106 by Ignatius of Antioch, who was martyred for his faith and is now considered by Catholics to be a Saint. In it, he uses the term to designate the whole church, the universal church. Catholics today believe that in that in his time, the only religions who believed in Jesus Christ were the "Catholic Church," and were known more commonly has Christians who all claimed allegiance to the Pope. They believe there were also heretics, who disagreed on points in the Catholic Church's doctrine and persisted in their errors. Ignatius says that these heretics, who did not believe all the Pope taught yet still believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior, were not to be considered a part of the "Catholic Church."

Is a chantry a church?

No, Chantries are endowments for offering masses for the soul's repose in purgatory, however chantries were practiced in churches before 1547 when King Edward VI came to the throne in England and abolished it. However many Catholic churches still practice it today. But just to stress a chantry isnt a church, it is a practice done in catholic churches. Hope this helps!

Was Princess Diana Catholic?

No she was as Catholic as the Queen of England who is the head of the Church of England The above is confusing : the answer is No. She was not Roman Catholic However she was of the Church of England which is an of shoot of the catholic church and is to this day still negotiating with the Roman catholic church on reunification.

What did the western roman-catholic church believe was the head of the church?

Because the West is where the successor to St. Peter is, and Catholics believe that the Successor of Peter is the Vicar of Christ and supreme head of the whole church..Catholic AnswerBelieve it or not, there is no "western Roman-Catholic Church", It's just Catholic, not Roman Catholic. Roman is an epithet first commonly used in England after the protestant revolt to describe the Catholic Church. It is never used by the official Catholic Church. Nor is there a "western" Church, the Catholic Church is universal, and most of the Eastern Orthodox Churches are only composed of half of that rite, the rest are still Catholic. .Regardless, the head of the Church has always been Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ. He founded the Church before His Crucifixion as His Mystical Body on earth and appointed St. Peter and his successors as His Vicars on earth. So the visible head of the Church is the successor of St. Peter, the Pope in Rome.

Did Spain break away from the Catholic Church before the rest of Europe?

Roman Catholic Answer:To the best of my knowledge, the only country in Europe which broke away, as a Country, from the Catholic church, was England. I believe that Spain is still nominally Roman Catholic.

Why doesn't Protestants believe in Purgatory?

The majority of Protestants see Purgatory as a human invention and contrary to Christ's teaching.They regard scripture and Christ's teaching more important than Church doctrine, and, rightly or wrongly, see the idea of Purgatory as contrary to the theology behind Christ's atonement for our sins. Paul makes it quite clear that we are saved through the grace of God and not as a result of anything we do or do not do - or what others do for us. Therefore after death Protestants believe that we should trust God implicitly to honour his promise that we are saved and, as a result, no 'cleansing' period or place is necessary, nor should it be necessary.Of course, the idea of Purgatory led to great corruption within the Church prior to the Reformation. Because the Church claimed souls went to Purgatory before going to heaven, then by praying for the dead through the priest and through masses said in honour of the dead, it was believed that the time in Purgatory was reduced for the loved one. This eventually led to the priests selling 'indulgences' - certificates promising 'time off' purgatory in exchange for money. The belief at that time was not just 'no salvation ouside Christ' but 'no salvation outside the Church' so the poorest of people were compelled to pay money to the priests in the form of indulgences so that their loved ones could be spared purgatory. This sorry state of affairs was part of the reason why Martin Luther rebelled against the Church which he saw exploiting the bereaved at the very time when they were at their most vulnerable and at their worst times of grief and anguish. Therefore, the Protestant reform (ie 'protesting' against these corrupt practices) began and Protestantism spread across Europe in a relatively short time.So, historically the Protestant Church has seen the idea of purgatory being one of the prime causes for the split between Rome and the Protestant Churches. And as the theology of the Protestant Church still continues to be more Bible-based than that of the Roman Catholic Church, purgatory continues to be a concept which the Protestant Church cannot accept because it sees it as unBiblical and against Jesus' own teaching and the mean of salvation by the Cross.

Why does the Catholic Church announce the names of the dead in Mass?

.Catholic AnswerThe only names that are normally mentioned in the Eucharistic Prayer are the saints in heaven: Mary, Joseph, Peter, maybe the saint of the day, and other saints from the very early Church. They may be dead but they are not unconscious, and they are still part of the Church. The Catholic Church consists of three parts: The Church Militant (the Church comprised of the people living on earth)The Church Suffering (The Church comprised of the people in purgatory)The Church Triumphant (The Church comprised of the people reigning with God in heaven)We offer prayers for the people in purgatory as they can not pray for themselves, and, as the Bible tells us, "It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins." (2 Maccabees 12:46). And we celebrate the lives of the saints in heaven and ask their prayers for us as they already stand before God's Face, and still love us.

Can you get married in the Catholic Church if you are not confirmed?

Although Confirmation is desirable, you can still be married in the Catholic Church if you are not Confirmed. You must be a baptized Catholic.

What was the response of the Roman Catholic Church to criticism of the belief in transubstantiation?

The catholic church still teaches transubstantiation.

Why is the main religion in italy catholic?

Romans started the Roman Catholic church waaay back in the time of Jesus Christ. Many people still believe in it not only in Italy, but all over the world!

Why does the Catholic Church in Africa still use animal sacrifice?

The Catholic Church has never used animal sacrifice.

What religion is matthew mcconaughey?

Matthew McConaughey was raised in the Catholic church. He has stated that he is not a practicing Catholic, but still adheres to the teachings of the church.

If you are pregnant can you still get married in a catholic church We are both Catholic but we have not been to mass in a few years would this matter?

The Roman Catholic Church is against sex before marriage. However you can still be tied in the bonds of Holy Matrimony in the Roman Catholic Church.The Church won't have any objection, but I advice you to contact the Church Priest immediately.

Can you still go to confession if you are Catholic but not married in the Catholic church?