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Lets look at Purgatory
This issue is a major stumbling block for many non-Catholis, especially Protestants and Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Catholic tradations of purgatory(a temporary state or process of purification,carried out by God’s fiery love on the soul of a person who dies in the state of grace and is destined for heaven).First the doctrine of purgatory was not “invented” by Catholics in the eleventh or twelfth century,as some Protestants and others erroneously assume.This ancient Christian teaching,that there is a process of purification that the souls of some of those who die in the state of friendship with God (Romans 11:22,and 1 Corinthians 3:10-15).When Christians on earth(as well as those in heaven)pray for the souls in purgatory,it is one way in which we live out our commandment from the Lord(John 13:34, 15:12 Romans 13:8).The early Church clearly understood the Apostles teaching on purgatory.