Question for my Roman Catholic friends:
What is the Roman position on purgatory and the Resurrection when Jesus comes again? Will the souls in purgatory receive their “get out of fire free card” or will they still have to be purged even after Jesus comes back? If they get out when Jesus comes back, how does that affect the guilt that still must be purged? Can’t find anything in your Catechism that discusses it.
Okay, I just looked at the online Catholic Encyclopedia and it says this:
The very reasons assigned for the existence of purgatory make for its passing character. We pray, we offer sacrifice for souls therein detained that “God in mercy may forgive every fault and receive them into the bosom of Abraham” (Const. Apost., P. G., I col. 1144); and Augustine (De Civ. Dei, lib. XXI, cap.xiii and xvi) declares that the punishment of purgatory is temporary and will cease, at least with the Last Judgment. “But temporary punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by others after death, by others both now and then; but all of them before that last and strictest judgment.”
[Here is the Baltimore Catechism on the subject. What is the status of this catechism in the RCC?]
So, I guess my question is, if purgatory ceases at the final judgment, have those people actually been purged of their guilt, since many, if not most, clearly will not have been there long enough. Can anyone clarify this? I’m just interested as an outside observer, as well as so I can explain the teaching correctly if asked.