Stravinskas on Purgatory

A video clip on YouTube shows noted Catholic apologist Fr. Peter Stravinskas answering questions about purgatory during a debate with James White. Questioner: “It appears to me that every good Catholic seems to have the option, instead of going to purgatory, to perhaps write a check or do alms of some kind, that will also…

More from F. X. Schouppe, SJ, on Purgatory

A few weeks ago I made a post on Purgatory, commenting on another blogger’s post which mentioned an old book by Fr. F. X. Schouppe, SJ, Purgatory Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints (currently published by TAN). I then posted about St. Gregory’s Ghost Stories. In comments, I mentioned the decree of…

Plato’s Purgatory

How much does the traditional understanding of purgatory owe to Plato? Consider this selection quoted by Eusebius in Praeparatio Evangelica (ch. 38): For [Plato] speaks as follows in the dialogue Concerning the Soul: ‘…As soon as the dead have arrived at the place to which each is conveyed by his genius, first of all they…

St. Gregory’s Ghost Stories

Move over, Alfred Hitchcock. St. Gregory the Great was telling spine-tinglers 1300 years before you were born. You’ll find much of his collection of ghost stories in his Dialogues, many of which were quoted by F. X. Schouppe, SJ, in his Purgatory. And it is to warn the reader of the punishments of purgatory, and…