Where in the heck did Catholics come up with purgatory?

A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics & Religion

By Tom Quiner


Who ever knew the word purgatory was so highly charged?

I ran a quote by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the subject two years ago. It generated some heat.

One guy was really over the top:

“Purgatory is already an invention … it has already been invented by satan, and the roman catholic so called church propagate that lie, to this day… since it was started as a cash cow for the vatican..along with indulgences.”

The other came from a writer I highly respect with a more balanced query:

“Fascinating. Biblically, we stand before God completely justified by the once-for-all atonement of Christ. The process of being made holy happens on earth and is known as sanctification-being made like Christ. Could you direct me to the scriptural support for purgatory, if you have a chance? Many thanks.”

As a convert to Catholicism, I once embraced a Protestant…

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