Catholicism

Purgatory in this life, too?

We know, if we believe in purgatory, that we must be sinless to enter into God’s presence (Eph 5:5; Heb 12:14; Rev 21:27; 22:3, 14-15). Therefore, God must purge or wash away our sin to make us fit to be in heaven. Purgatory is indicated most directly in 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 (RSV): “… the fire…

What went on in Antioch?

Can an apostle correct another apostle? This apparently happened in Antioch when St. Paul had some strong words to say to St. Peter in Galatians 2:11-17. Non-Catholics often quote this passage as a proof for papal fallibility, claiming that St. Paul upbraided St. Peter for teaching error. This episode, they argue, is a sure sign…

St. Apollonia endured torture, martyrdom for Christ

St. Apollonia was a holy virgin who suffered martyrdom in Alexandria during a local uprising against the Christians in the early third century. Her martyrdom came just before the persecution of Decius (248-249). During festivities commemorating the founding of the Roman Empire, a mob began attacking Christians. The great Dionysius, then bishop of Alexandria (247-265),…