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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Did Galileo believe in god?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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