Some people are taught to deal with their guilt by placing confidence in the doctrine of “purgatory.” I suppose you could compare it to a student working on a project to gain “extra credit” to make up for some bad grades. Unfortunately, the doctrine of purgatory provides false hope because it is based not in fact, but in fantasy. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a “purification, so as to

achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven,” and is for those who are said to be going to heaven but are nevertheless “still imperfectly purified.” (CCC 1030) According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, purgatory is “a place or condition of temporal punishment” for a Christian after death. The punishment and purification process in purgatory is said to “purge” away certain sins that still require cleansing. READ MORE