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Catholic view of Purgatory ... Is it real?

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JStaller said: "In a

JStaller said:

"In a theological scheme that revolves around bliss in the afterlife, purgatory does make sense. In a theological scheme that revolves around the reconciliation of creation with perfection, purgatory sounds a lot like a misunderstanding. As I have alluded to before, it is this type of difference that stands at the root of our difference of opinion."

jwmcmac replies:

I like your thinking anyway . . . though I can't quite grasp it.

Purgatory only makes sense in reference to your second scenario above, if, as the Catholics imply, CHRIST is allowing us to 'participate' with HIM in this reconciliation of Creation with Perfection . . . on some lower level than the eternal . . . which HE Alone could Only reconcile . . . but allowing us to share in the part of this reconciliation which pertains to our human nature, not HIS Supernatural Nature . . . and this participation by us . . . I do Believe HE does allow.

This is why Mary can be called a co-redemptrix and co-mediatrix . . . don't those words just drive a Protestant crazy? Sorry. And this is where we also fit in to 'making up in our own sufferings what is lacking in the sufferings of CHRIST for the sake of HIS Body the Church.'

GOD Bless us all.