Stuart Koehl Wrote:
Feb 18, 2013 11:15 PM
Purgatory is a doctrinal development of the Latin Church from the commonly held Apostolic Tradition that the souls of the departed require purification after death, and that prayers for the departed are efficacious in that regard. The Eastern Churches do not have a doctrine of purgatory, and refuse to go much beyond the Tradition of the undivided Church, but all do believe that the souls of the departed are purified and that praying for the dead is helpful. They just don't speculate on how this is accomplished.