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Danny S. wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am in my late 60's and became Catholic 30 some years ago. Though I'm half way convinced,
I still have struggles with the teaching on Purgatory. My question is:

  • Will this bit of a stumbling block prevent me from entering into the Kingdom of Heaven?

Other than that, I consider myself to be devout to my faith and follow the Word of our Lord everyday.

Thank you for your time.


Danny S.

  { Will my struggles in believing Purgatory prevent me from entering the Kingdom of Heaven? }

Bob replied:


Doubts about a doctrine are not a damnable offense. Don't worry.

  • Can we help clear up your doubts?
  • What are your objections to the notion of Purgatory?

Perhaps there are misconceptions that can be cleared up.


Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi Danny,

Thanks for the question.

You said:
Though I'm half way convinced, I still have struggles with the teaching on Purgatory.

There have been different ways to express what Purgatory is.

I worked with a former Baptist minister to create, what we think is, the best paradigm for understanding what Purgatory is. This posting should help. Especially the second part where
I share our analogy or paradigm:

I hope this helps,


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