What is Purgatory? Catholics consider purgatory as a place of punishment for
what Catholics call venial sins. Here is a little bit about it from The Catholic
"Purgatory (Lat., purgare, to make clean, to purify) in accordance
with Catholic teaching is a place or condition of temporal punishment for
those who, departing this life in God's grace, are not entirely free from
venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their
transgressions. The faith of the Church concerning purgatory is clearly
expressed in the Decree of Union drawn up by the Council of Florence (Mansi,
t. XXXI, col. 1031), and in the decree of the Council of Trent which (Sess.
XXV) defined: "Whereas the Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy
Ghost, has from the Sacred Scriptures and the ancient tradition of the
Fathers taught in Councils and very recently in this ecumenical synod (Sess.
VI, cap. xxx; Sess. XXII, cap. ii, iii) that there is a purgatory, and that
the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful, but
principally by the acceptable Sacrifice of the Altar; the Holy Synod enjoins
on the Bishops that they diligently endeavor to have the sound doctrine of
the Fathers in Councils regarding purgatory everywhere taught and preached,
held and believed by the faithful" (Denzinger, "Enchiridion",
983). Further than this the definitions of the Church do not go, but the
tradition of the Fathers and the Schoolmen must be consulted to explain the
teaching of the councils, and to make clear the belief and the practices of
The Bible does not speak of any such place, or can the word
"purgatory" be found anywhere in Scriptures. So where does it come
The Catholic Church created the idea of purgatory to cement power and extort
money from the populace, for no other reason.
Purgatory DOES NOT EXIST!
To say that we must atone/suffer for our sins after death by cleansing in
Purgatory is to deny scripture. Say that we have to continually suffer for our
sins after death is contrary to everything the Bible has to say.