Larry Chism wrote:

Hi, guys —

We are reading the book "Get us out of here"; it has an Imprimatur.

  • Does that mean the Church agrees that Maria Simma sees and talks with the Poor Souls
    in Purgatory?

Fantastic book!!

Thanks in advance,


  { Does the Church endorse what Maria Simma says in this book about the Poor Souls in Purgatory? }

Paul replied:

Dear Larry,

The Imprimatur signifies that there is nothing within the material that is contrary to faith or morals. However, it does not necessarily mean that the claims over and above that, within the material are all true.

So regarding the private revelation that you mention, an imprimatur would not claim everything written is true (although it might be), but rather, what is written does not contradict Church teaching.



Mike replied:

Hi, Larry —

I have the book in front of me.

Can you tell me what page the imprimatur is on; I couldn't find any.


Larry replied:

Hi, Mike —

No page number but the first page is blank on both sides then the next face is the title page, and behind that, at the top is:

"Printings" starting with May 2002: 1 — 1,500 and ending with

Eighth printing, October, 2010: 62,2010: 62,501 — 67,500

After that is the publisher information followed by the copyright information then the imprimatur.
It has a ISBN number of: 0-9727445-0-9.

My wife and I are both reading it and it is hard to put down.


Mike replied:

Dave —

Thanks for the information.

My copy was only in the fifth printing, so between my copy and the eighth printing, the book must have received its imprimatur.

Although it's hard to put down, I still echo Paul's comments on your question.

We have to be careful to separate theological opinion, which the content of this book is, from the doctrines and dogmas of the Church.   I'm sure Maria Simma would agree and understand my point.

See a similar answer I gave on this exact topic:

Finally, if you or others have a devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, check out my other
web site dedicated to praying for the release of the Holy Souls from Purgatory. We are trying to start Purgatory Prayer Programs across the United States.

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