The Catholic Church holds that “all who die in God’s grace and friendship but still imperfectly purified” undergo the process of purification which the Church calls purgatory, “so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven”.
Where does the Catholic idea of Purgatory come from?
Among other reasons, Catholic teaching of purgatory is based on the pre-christian (Judaic) practice of prayers for the dead. Descriptions and doctrine regarding purgatory developed over the centuries.
Do Catholics believe in predestination?
Catholics do not believe that any hints or evidence of the predestined status of individuals is available to humans, and predestination generally plays little or no part in Catholic teaching to the faithful, being a topic addressed in a professional theological context only.
What do Catholics believe?
The core Christian belief is that, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, sinful humans can be reconciled to God and thereby are offered salvation and the promise of eternal life. Roman Catholics believe in the resurrection of Jesus.
What does the Catholic Church teach about heaven?
The Catholic Church teaches that “heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness”. In heaven one experiences the beatific vision. The church holds that, by his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has ‘opened’ heaven to us.