“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.608
”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."
There is a certain dichotomy here. The Catechism asserts that the purifying fire is for lesser faults and immediately states this is based on the incident in Maccabees which is not about lesser faults at all but about one of the most heinous of sins.... idolatry, which caused God to allow the idolaters to be slain in battle.
To confine the forgiveness of sins after death to venial sins is contrary to scripture.
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.
I know the paragraph you quoted says "lesser faults". Do we know for a fact that that means "venial sins"? Or, might it mean sins lesser than blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
You're the Catholic! You tell me me about "lesser faults." Is kicking your dog a lesser fault? Is kicking your grandmother a serious fault which will land you in hell?
Has the venial sin/mortal sin system been scrapped. Has it been replaced by lesser faults/serious faults?
Perhaps we can at least try to stay on the subject for a moment or two without digressing into something else
To be honest with you, I don't know if "lesser faults" (as used in the aforementioned paragraphs) = "venial sins". Nowhere in the quotes from the Catechism that we've been discussing, however, has there been mention of confining the forgiveness of sins...to venial
sins. Based on that, the way I read it is that the "lesser faults" (in this context) are those sins lesser than blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. But that could just be wishful thinking on my part, so if I'm wrong about this, I hope my fellow Catholics will correct me.
If you want an authoritative discussion of sin and sins in the Catholic teaching, I suggest you go here: http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/index/s.htm#Sin%28s%29
rather than having me or someone else feed it to you, and perhaps get it wrong. If then, there's something you have questions about or take issue with, perhaps we can discuss it.