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Holy Souls Online - Church History

Church History

Purgatory did not always exist. To confirm Protestant beliefs, Purgatory is a Catholic invention. Now, to disappoint our separated brethren, the doctrine was not invented in the 6th Century by Pope St. Gregory III.

Quotes from the early Church showing the doctrine of Purgatory being taught.

Catholic Answers shows the belief in the purification in the afterlife by Old Testament Jews and later by Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians.

A blog post from a former Protestant explaining the doctrine of Purgatory and providing reasons from the Church, the Bible, and history to believe in it.

Fr. Brian Van Hove, S.J., discusses the origins of All Souls Day.