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Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« on: May 01, 2011, 07:51:54 PM »
a Roman Catholic I know said that the Roman Catholic Church stopped preaching the idea of Purgatory recently.  is this true?

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2011, 07:56:44 PM »
It would be a step in the right direction, but no. He is likely referring to the supposed "abolishment of limbo" (which in reality was a critique of the long cherished belief of limbo by many RC theologians). 
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2011, 07:57:12 PM »
They haven't done away with it. They just tidied it up in the mainstream. It's not a place anymore, like in medieval Catholicism. It's a... a state of mind.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2011, 09:32:44 PM »
"The transforming 'moment' of this encounter cannot be quantified by the measurements of earthly time. It is, indeed, not eternal but a transition, and yet trying to qualify it as of 'short' or 'long' duration on the basis of temporal measurements derived from physics would be naive and unproductive. The 'temporal measure' of this encounter lies in the unsoundable depths of existence, in a passing-over where we are burned ere we are transformed. To measure such Existenzzeit, such an 'existential time,' in terms of the time of this world would be to ignore the specificity of the human spirit in its simultaneous relationship with, and differentation from, the world.
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2011, 09:34:53 PM »
Purgatory is still there, they've just changed it from a place where souls are purged by fire, to any belief that there is any sort of purgation of sin after death. Many Roman Catholics I've talked with will jump all over you if you so much as use the term "purge" and claim that this means the entire church accepts the complete teachings of Purgatory.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011, 09:59:23 PM »
Purgatory is still there, they've just changed it from a place where souls are purged by fire, to any belief that there is any sort of purgation of sin after death. Many Roman Catholics I've talked with will jump all over you if you so much as use the term "purge" and claim that this means the entire church accepts the complete teachings of Purgatory.

I'm not sure about that. From what I remember from my time in the RCC and discussions with priests and others, it was never really officially defined as a place to begin with, was it? If so, then it can be easily justified with their ideas of doctrinal development.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011, 10:05:22 PM »
I was raised RC.  I was also taught that Purgatory ended with the Risen Christ.  I was quite surprised to read (here) that it is still being taught as still where we go when we're not good enough to go to heaven and not bad enough to go to hell... so that we can work off our sins - I've never heard it.  
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2011, 10:37:54 PM »
Purgatory is not a place, it is a state that the soul is in before heaven.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2011, 10:45:24 PM »
Don't some Catholic saints, such as St. Thomas Aquinas, talk about literal, physical fire existing in the afterlife?
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2011, 10:48:54 PM »
Don't some Catholic saints, such as St. Thomas Aquinas, talk about literal, physical fire existing in the afterlife?
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2011, 10:50:40 PM »
What if their ponderings were presented at the Council of Florence as doctrine to be officially accepted or rejected by the Orthodox?
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2011, 10:55:13 PM »
Let me clarify the above post. I have read (I think!) saints such as St. Thomas Aquinas talking about physical fire in the afterlife. However, when I spoke of the Council of Florence, I was mostly guessing that this teaching was taught, based on words that St. Mark of Ephesus used in disagreeing with the Catholic position, saying:

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But if souls have departed this life in faith and love, while nevertheless carrying away with themselves certain faults, whether small ones over which they have no repented at all, or great ones for which--even though they have repented over them--they did not undertake to show fruits of repentance: such souls, we believe, must be cleansed from this kind of sins, but not by means of some purgatorial fire or a definite punishment in some place (for this, as we have said, has not at all be handed down to us). But some must be cleansed in the very departure from the body, thanks only to fear, as St. Gregory the Dialogist literally shows; while others must be cleansed after the departure from the body, either while remaining in the same earthly place, before they come to worship God and are honored with the lot of the blessed, or--if their sins were more serious and bind them for a longer duration--they are kept in [hades], but not in order to remain forever in fire and torment, but as it were in prison and confinement under guard.

All such ones, we affirm, are helped by the prayers and Liturgies performed for them, with the cooperation of the Divine goodness and love for mankind. This Divine cooperation immediately disdains and remits some sins, those committed out of human weakness, as Dionysius the Great (the Areopagite) says in 'Reflections on the Mystery of Those Reposed in Faith' (In 'The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, 7, 7); while other sins, after a certain time, by righteous judgments it either likewise releases and forgives--and that completely--or lightens the responsibility for them until that final judgment. And therefore we see no necessity whatever for any other punishment or for a cleansing fire; for some are cleansed by fear, while others are devoured by gnawings of conscience with more torment than any fire, and still others are cleansed only the the very terror before the Divine Glory and the uncertainty as to what the future will be...

And so, we intreat God and believe to deliver the departed from (eternal torment), and not from any other torment or fire apart from those torments and that fire which have been proclaimed to be forever. And that, moreover, the souls of the departed are delivered by prayers from confinement in [hades], as if from a certain prison, is testified, among many others, by Theophanes the Confessor, called the Branded. ...In one of the canons for the reposed he thus prays for them: 'Deliver, O Savior, Thy slaves who are in the [hades] of tears and sighing' (Octoechos, Saturday canon for the deposed, Tone 8, Canticle 6, Glory).

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2011, 12:16:21 AM »
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2011, 12:38:27 AM »
Purgatory is still there, they've just changed it from a place where souls are purged by fire, to any belief that there is any sort of purgation of sin after death. Many Roman Catholics I've talked with will jump all over you if you so much as use the term "purge" and claim that this means the entire church accepts the complete teachings of Purgatory.

I'm not sure about that. From what I remember from my time in the RCC and discussions with priests and others, it was never really officially defined as a place to begin with, was it? If so, then it can be easily justified with their ideas of doctrinal development.

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A place or a state. I suppose no it was never defined as a place, since that implies material, state is certainly the correct word.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2011, 12:39:40 AM »
I was raised RC.  I was also taught that Purgatory ended with the Risen Christ.  I was quite surprised to read (here) that it is still being taught as still where we go when we're not good enough to go to heaven and not bad enough to go to hell... so that we can work off our sins - I've never heard it.  
The Catholics I've talked to certainly claim it still exists. That includes those well educated on their faith, and those lesser so.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2011, 12:43:37 AM »
Purgatory is still there, they've just changed it from a place where souls are purged by fire, to any belief that there is any sort of purgation of sin after death. Many Roman Catholics I've talked with will jump all over you if you so much as use the term "purge" and claim that this means the entire church accepts the complete teachings of Purgatory.

I'm not sure about that. From what I remember from my time in the RCC and discussions with priests and others, it was never really officially defined as a place to begin with, was it? If so, then it can be easily justified with their ideas of doctrinal development.

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A place or a state. I suppose no it was never defined as a place, since that implies material, state is certainly the correct word.

What if you believe that, in some sense, souls are to some small degree material? If the soul, even if only in comparison to God, can be called material, then where does that leave us with the afterlife? As a related question--why a bodily resurrection if there wasn't some degree of materiality to what we will experience in the afterlife?
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2011, 09:32:33 AM »
I was raised RC.  I was also taught that Purgatory ended with the Risen Christ.  I was quite surprised to read (here) that it is still being taught as still where we go when we're not good enough to go to heaven and not bad enough to go to hell... so that we can work off our sins - I've never heard it.  
The Catholics I've talked to certainly claim it still exists. That includes those well educated on their faith, and those lesser so.

I'm not saying that this isn't held, I was just surprised to hear it as I wasn't raised with the belief. . . lol. . .in my small dinky little world. 
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2011, 09:58:44 AM »
Purgatory is still there, they've just changed it from a place where souls are purged by fire, to any belief that there is any sort of purgation of sin after death. Many Roman Catholics I've talked with will jump all over you if you so much as use the term "purge" and claim that this means the entire church accepts the complete teachings of Purgatory.

I'm not sure about that. From what I remember from my time in the RCC and discussions with priests and others, it was never really officially defined as a place to begin with, was it? If so, then it can be easily justified with their ideas of doctrinal development.

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That's right.  The concerns of the pious can not always be understood as the emphatic teaching of the Church. 

As far as purgatory being a place of purgation, we really do not know much.  If near death experiences are to be believed then we do go to something recognizable as "place" after death, and if we are purged of all the residual marks of our bad habits and the unintended consequences of our sins then it would happen where we are...wherever that is.  But to suggest that purgation does not happen in a place, without qualification or further consideration,  also leads to confusion concerning heaven and hell.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2011, 02:39:50 PM »
Purgatory is still there, they've just changed it from a place where souls are purged by fire, to any belief that there is any sort of purgation of sin after death. Many Roman Catholics I've talked with will jump all over you if you so much as use the term "purge" and claim that this means the entire church accepts the complete teachings of Purgatory.

I'm not sure about that. From what I remember from my time in the RCC and discussions with priests and others, it was never really officially defined as a place to begin with, was it? If so, then it can be easily justified with their ideas of doctrinal development.

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A place or a state. I suppose no it was never defined as a place, since that implies material, state is certainly the correct word.

What if you believe that, in some sense, souls are to some small degree material? If the soul, even if only in comparison to God, can be called material, then where does that leave us with the afterlife? As a related question--why a bodily resurrection if there wasn't some degree of materiality to what we will experience in the afterlife?

I'd say that you're getting deep into semantics on a subject that the Church fully admits cannot be fully comprehended, and that any descriptions can only be good insofar as they go, and will never be complete.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2011, 03:42:05 PM »
I was raised RC.  I was also taught that Purgatory ended with the Risen Christ.

That's interesting. I also was raised RC and I certainly was taught about the still-existing purgatory which started with the Risen Christ (according to the RCC, the purpose of the purgatory is to prepare some people for Heaven; before Christ's Ressurection, people were not going to Heaven anyway so there was no need for purgatory, right?).
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2011, 03:44:49 PM »
I was raised RC.  I was also taught that Purgatory ended with the Risen Christ.

That's interesting. I also was raised RC and I certainly was taught about the still-existing purgatory which started with the Risen Christ (according to the RCC, the purpose of the purgatory is to prepare some people for Heaven; before Christ's Ressurection, people were not going to Heaven anyway so there was no need for purgatory, right?).
I think quietmorning may be getting purgatory mixed up with Limbo of the Patriarchs (a.k.a. Sheol) which was the holding place that the dead went to before Christ opened up heaven for us.
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2011, 04:16:13 PM »
Flip-floppy fish will flop all over the place on this one.

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While you can take the "it ain't doctrine route" here, really the discussion parallels the debate over tollhouses in Orthodoxy. The quote from Ratzinger given by EM is interesting. No idea about the context.

 

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« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2011, 06:25:35 PM »
As Anthony Dragani puts it: "In the Catholic understanding, only two points are necessary dogma concerning "purgatory": 1) There is a place of transition/transformation for those en-route to Heaven, and 2) prayer is efficacious for the dead who are in this state."
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2011, 06:35:34 PM »
Flip-floppy fish will flop all over the place on this one.

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While you can take the "it ain't doctrine route" here, really the discussion parallels the debate over tollhouses in Orthodoxy. The quote from Ratzinger given by EM is interesting. No idea about the context.


Much better approach. 

That whole argument of doctrine and dogma goes sour pretty quickly if one takes the paint-by-number approach to the Truth of Revelation.

There is a Truth...does a teaching uphold that Truth?...if yes, the there should be no argument about whether or not you MUST believe it or go to hell...That's like trying to narrow down what parts of sexual contact outside of marriage are sins....Who cares.  The point is that we be chaste...Once you believe that Chastity has intrinsic value to body and soul...all that other junk goes away.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2011, 04:36:21 PM »
The fire of purgatory can be understand as a real tangible fire, which is felt by the soul, not by the body, since the body is awaiting the general ressurection.  This above is a paraphrase of Charles Arminjon's End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life. Charles Arminjon was the spiritual father of Therese of Lisieux.
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2011, 04:49:07 PM »
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2011, 05:01:23 PM »
The fire of purgatory can be understand as a real tangible fire, which is felt by the soul, not by the body, since the body is awaiting the general ressurection.  This above is a paraphrase of Charles Arminjon's End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life. Charles Arminjon was the spiritual father of Therese of Lisieux.
(That's a book my "ignorant" mother and grandmother read)


Don't let the "Illumined One" get to you. 

This idea of the fire that burns but does not consume is so prevalent in so many ways in the east that I swear I fail to see the "horror" of the teaching of purgatory for anyone but those who can't handle any criticism whatsoever...however pale.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #27 on: May 03, 2011, 05:02:48 PM »
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He's only upset because it seems to him that his family has been scorned by the "Illumined One".  And if they have not, certainly their faith has been.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #28 on: May 03, 2011, 05:05:49 PM »
Fwiw, I didn't mean anything mean spirited by it... just don't think he needs to worry so much or let things get to him, such that things are carried over from other threads.  :)
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #29 on: May 03, 2011, 05:09:24 PM »
Fwiw, I didn't mean anything mean spirited by it... just don't think he needs to worry so much or let things get to him, such that things are carried over from other threads.  :)

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« Reply #30 on: May 03, 2011, 05:20:43 PM »
Fwiw, I didn't mean anything mean spirited by it... just don't think he needs to worry so much or let things get to him, such that things are carried over from other threads.  :)

I gnu that. 

Want to make sure he does  :)

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #31 on: May 03, 2011, 06:47:27 PM »
The fire of purgatory can be understand as a real tangible fire, which is felt by the soul, not by the body, since the body is awaiting the general ressurection.  This above is a paraphrase of Charles Arminjon's End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life. Charles Arminjon was the spiritual father of Therese of Lisieux.
(That's a book my "ignorant" mother and grandmother read)


Don't let the "Illumined One" get to you.  

This idea of the fire that burns but does not consume is so prevalent in so many ways in the east that I swear I fail to see the "horror" of the teaching of purgatory for anyone but those who can't handle any criticism whatsoever...however pale.

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Indeed He is Risen!

Yes, I used to tease my spiritual father while I was a catechumen that my catechumate was a form of purgatory on earth.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #32 on: May 03, 2011, 07:20:56 PM »
The fire of purgatory can be understand as a real tangible fire, which is felt by the soul, not by the body, since the body is awaiting the general ressurection.  This above is a paraphrase of Charles Arminjon's End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life. Charles Arminjon was the spiritual father of Therese of Lisieux.
(That's a book my "ignorant" mother and grandmother read)


Don't let the "Illumined One" get to you.  

This idea of the fire that burns but does not consume is so prevalent in so many ways in the east that I swear I fail to see the "horror" of the teaching of purgatory for anyone but those who can't handle any criticism whatsoever...however pale.

Christ is Risen!

M.

Indeed He is Risen!

Yes, I used to tease my spiritual father while I was a catechumen that my catechumate was a form of purgatory on earth.

And you were quite right  :)...In the sense that those who are purified in this life have no concerns for a continuation of their suffering in the life to come.

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #33 on: May 03, 2011, 08:01:49 PM »
a Roman Catholic I know said that the Roman Catholic Church stopped preaching the idea of Purgatory recently.  is this true?

Nope. I have actually heard this a number of times, but the typical lay person doesn't know what he/she is talking about, as usual.

In fact, Purgatory has not been abolished or really even criticized. Some of the Late Medieval speculations on it have been clarified as being unnecessary. But nonetheless the core doctrine remains unscathed.

It is in fact the doctrine of the Limbo of Infants that is what has been addressed. At this, it hasn't been abolished so much as it has been clarified that it was never a dogma in the first place, and therefore is simply a pious opinion which may be ignored.
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #34 on: May 03, 2011, 08:04:03 PM »
Flip-floppy fish will flop all over the place

Expresses my feelings about a lot of posts on this forum.  ;D
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #35 on: May 03, 2011, 08:10:00 PM »
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #36 on: May 03, 2011, 08:13:13 PM »
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #37 on: May 04, 2011, 11:09:42 AM »
I have commented at some length on the Catholic understanding of purgatory in several threads on this forum and do not want to bore everyone by repeating what I have already written.  My own understanding of Purgatory can be found on my old now defunct blog.

One point to consider:  if Sts. Gregory of Nyssa and Isaac of Ninevah are correct in their understanding of universal reconciliation, then Hell is Purgatory. 

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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #38 on: May 04, 2011, 11:36:36 AM »
I have commented at some length on the Catholic understanding of purgatory in several threads on this forum and do not want to bore everyone by repeating what I have already written.  My own understanding of Purgatory can be found on my old now defunct blog.

One point to consider:  if Sts. Gregory of Nyssa and Isaac of Ninevah are correct in their understanding of universal reconciliation, then Hell is Purgatory. 

Don't have time at the moment to read your article, put I shall.  As for your second comment, that is a thought I've had for a while now, even though my understanding of both Purgatory and universal salvation is probably sadly lacking.  And it's not something that I've found discussed much anywhere I've been.  In fact, the whole idea of universal salvation, in my limited experience and time in the Church, is one that seems to have been actively avoided.
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #39 on: May 04, 2011, 12:15:55 PM »
Commenting on St Isaac's understanding of Gehenna, Met Hilarion writes:

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All of God's actions are mysteries that are inaccessible to human reasoning. Gehenna is also a mystery, created in order to bring to a state of perfection those who had not reached it during their lifetime. ... Thus, Gehenna is a sort of purgatory rather than hell. It is conceived and established for the salvation of both human beings and angels. ... According to Isaac, all those who have fallen away from God will eventually return to Him because of the temporary and short torment in Gehenna that is prepared for them in order that they purify themselves through the fire of suffering and repentance. (The Spiritual World of Isaac the Syrian, p. 290)



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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #40 on: May 04, 2011, 12:26:35 PM »
Commenting on St Isaac's understanding of Gehenna, Met Hilarion writes:

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All of God's actions are mysteries that are inaccessible to human reasoning. Gehenna is also a mystery, created in order to bring to a state of perfection those who had not reached it during their lifetime. ... Thus, Gehenna is a sort of purgatory rather than hell. It is conceived and established for the salvation of both human beings and angels. ... According to Isaac, all those who have fallen away from God will eventually return to Him because of the temporary and short torment in Gehenna that is prepared for them in order that they purify themselves through the fire of suffering and repentance. (The Spiritual World of Isaac the Syrian, p. 290)




Very interesting!  Thanks!  I've had that book sitting on my shelf for, oh...maybe 3-4 years or so.  Perhaps it's time to pick it up and start reading it.
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #41 on: May 14, 2011, 11:17:59 PM »
a Roman Catholic I know said that the Roman Catholic Church stopped preaching the idea of Purgatory recently.  is this true?

No.   Purgatory is still their.

But look at the bright side, at least if any of us are wrong and the RC's are right, we get to hang out for a while instead of burning.  It's like being in "Heaven Jail".
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #42 on: May 14, 2011, 11:45:58 PM »
I'm kind of curious. Taking into account that our God is a consuming fire, would this statement be offensive to modern Catholic teaching and theologians/apologists? I'm only asking because the main objections being raised are to points that some might be more willing to acknowledge as being just opinion or speculation.

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But if souls have departed this life in faith and love, while nevertheless carrying away with themselves certain faults, whether small ones over which they have no repented at all, or great ones for which--even though they have repented over them--they did not undertake to show fruits of repentance: such souls, we believe, must be cleansed from this kind of sins, but not by means of some purgatorial fire or a definite punishment in some place (for this, as we have said, has not at all be handed down to us). But some must be cleansed in the very departure from the body, thanks only to fear, as St. Gregory the Dialogist literally shows; while others must be cleansed after the departure from the body, either while remaining in the same earthly place, before they come to worship God and are honored with the lot of the blessed, or--if their sins were more serious and bind them for a longer duration--they are kept in [hades], but not in order to remain forever in fire and torment, but as it were in prison and confinement under guard.

All such ones, we affirm, are helped by the prayers and Liturgies performed for them, with the cooperation of the Divine goodness and love for mankind. This Divine cooperation immediately disdains and remits some sins, those committed out of human weakness, as Dionysius the Great (the Areopagite) says in 'Reflections on the Mystery of Those Reposed in Faith' (In 'The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, 7, 7); while other sins, after a certain time, by righteous judgments it either likewise releases and forgives--and that completely--or lightens the responsibility for them until that final judgment. And therefore we see no necessity whatever for any other punishment or for a cleansing fire; for some are cleansed by fear, while others are devoured by gnawings of conscience with more torment than any fire, and still others are cleansed only the the very terror before the Divine Glory and the uncertainty as to what the future will be...

And so, we intreat God and believe to deliver the departed from (eternal torment), and not from any other torment or fire apart from those torments and that fire which have been proclaimed to be forever. And that, moreover, the souls of the departed are delivered by prayers from confinement in [hades], as if from a certain prison, is testified, among many others, by Theophanes the Confessor, called the Branded. ...In one of the canons for the reposed he thus prays for them: 'Deliver, O Savior, Thy slaves who are in the [hades] of tears and sighing' (Octoechos, Saturday canon for the deposed, Tone 8, Canticle 6, Glory).

-- St. Mark of Ephesus, First Homily on the Refutation of the Latin Chapters Concerning Purgatorial Fire
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #43 on: May 15, 2011, 08:03:45 AM »
I'm kind of curious. Taking into account that our God is a consuming fire, would this statement be offensive to modern Catholic teaching and theologians/apologists? I'm only asking because the main objections being raised are to points that some might be more willing to acknowledge as being just opinion or speculation.

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But if souls have departed this life in faith and love, while nevertheless carrying away with themselves certain faults, whether small ones over which they have no repented at all, or great ones for which--even though they have repented over them--they did not undertake to show fruits of repentance: such souls, we believe, must be cleansed from this kind of sins, but not by means of some purgatorial fire or a definite punishment in some place (for this, as we have said, has not at all be handed down to us). But some must be cleansed in the very departure from the body, thanks only to fear, as St. Gregory the Dialogist literally shows; while others must be cleansed after the departure from the body, either while remaining in the same earthly place, before they come to worship God and are honored with the lot of the blessed, or--if their sins were more serious and bind them for a longer duration--they are kept in [hades], but not in order to remain forever in fire and torment, but as it were in prison and confinement under guard.

All such ones, we affirm, are helped by the prayers and Liturgies performed for them, with the cooperation of the Divine goodness and love for mankind. This Divine cooperation immediately disdains and remits some sins, those committed out of human weakness, as Dionysius the Great (the Areopagite) says in 'Reflections on the Mystery of Those Reposed in Faith' (In 'The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, 7, 7); while other sins, after a certain time, by righteous judgments it either likewise releases and forgives--and that completely--or lightens the responsibility for them until that final judgment. And therefore we see no necessity whatever for any other punishment or for a cleansing fire; for some are cleansed by fear, while others are devoured by gnawings of conscience with more torment than any fire, and still others are cleansed only the the very terror before the Divine Glory and the uncertainty as to what the future will be...

And so, we intreat God and believe to deliver the departed from (eternal torment), and not from any other torment or fire apart from those torments and that fire which have been proclaimed to be forever. And that, moreover, the souls of the departed are delivered by prayers from confinement in [hades], as if from a certain prison, is testified, among many others, by Theophanes the Confessor, called the Branded. ...In one of the canons for the reposed he thus prays for them: 'Deliver, O Savior, Thy slaves who are in the [hades] of tears and sighing' (Octoechos, Saturday canon for the deposed, Tone 8, Canticle 6, Glory).

-- St. Mark of Ephesus, First Homily on the Refutation of the Latin Chapters Concerning Purgatorial Fire

I would have to say Yes it is "offensive to modern Catholic teaching and theologians/apologist", because ultimately he is saying "The Catholics are wrong, and here's why." If he were instead saying "The Catholics are right, and here's why" that would be another matter.
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Re: Roman Catholic Church did away with "Purgatory"?
« Reply #44 on: May 15, 2011, 08:38:32 AM »
a Roman Catholic I know said that the Roman Catholic Church stopped preaching the idea of Purgatory recently.  is this true?

No.   Purgatory is still their.

But look at the bright side, at least if any of us are wrong and the RC's are right, we get to hang out for a while instead of burning.  It's like being in "Heaven Jail".

What are you talking about?

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