The doctrine of purgatory is completely reasonable once we understand two distinctions: guilt vs. punishment, mortal sin vs. venial sin.

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  1. So to be Clear;

    What is the church’s teaching on the confessing and forgivness of a mortal sin here on earth? Does the mortal sin even though repented and forgiven preclude a soul from entering heaven at all? Or is this the instance, is where purgatory is necessary before entering into heaven? Also, are venial sins repented for and forgiven cause for pugatory?
    Thank you, God Bless.

  2. If I understand your question correctly, the answer is that repented and forgiven mortal sin cannot permanently prevent a soul from entering heaven. This where one must spend time in purgatory before entering heaven. Venial sins also necessitate time spent in purgatory. Because of particular judgement, salvation is assured when one is in purgatory.

    Catholic Encyclopedia:
    Purgatory 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.

    (Me) Its also for faults that have no true repentance; things that are not sins in themselves. Remember that…

    (Encyclopedia) all sins are not equal before God, nor dare anyone assert that the daily faults of human frailty will be punished with the same severity that is meted out to serious violation of God’s law. On the other hand whosoever comes into God’s presence must be perfectly pure for in the strictest sense His “eyes are too pure, to behold evil” (Habakkuk 1:13).


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