Pro-Abortion Baptist and his wife Canonized by Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, WV

Bishop Michael Bransfield wrote the following in his public statement on the death of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV):

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston offers its most sincere condolences to the Byrd family, and we pray during this difficult time that family and loved ones will remember that Senator Byrd is now at peace with the Risen Lord and, with his late wife Erma Ora Byrd, is experiencing Perfect Joy.

Really? Not even a little time in Purgatory? Does he know something we don’t about a deathbed reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

3 responses to “Pro-Abortion Baptist and his wife Canonized by Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, WV

  1. Theodore Seeber

    According to Pope John Paul II- time in purgatory was always an allegory anyway, being subjective rather than objective:

    This is one of my favorites from Pope John Paul II, right up there with Theology of the Body. And as usual, the main stream media just didn’t understand- neither did many Catholics- headlines at the time were “Pope says that Hell isn’t a real place”, when what he was saying is that it isn’t a place, it’s a state of mind.

  2. No time to read it right now, but I’ve never understood the argument that time doesn’t exist in Purgatory, since purgatory will cease to exist at the end of time. For that matter, so will Heaven and Hell as we know them, as they are both temporary holding locations to be replaced at the End with the permanent forms.
    St. Thomas Aquinas says somewhere that we mistakenly call *this* our exile: what we call “Heaven” now is really our exile, our true punishment for sin, when our souls are separated from our bodies.

    That said, Our Lady of Fatima is very clear about time in Purgatory, as she told the children that one of their acquaintances who had died would be in Purgatory till Judgement Day.

  3. Theodore Seeber

    Don’t get me wrong- TIME EXISTS IN PURGATORY. It’s just a different form of time than what we experience in the physical world. In many ways it is worse.

    It’s subjective time, not objective time. It’s entirely possible that heaven, hell, and purgatory don’t even exist outside of our human experience in this life. But in the physical, objective, microsecond of death- our faith tells us we WILL experience Purgatory (for whatever subjective time is needed to purify our soul) then an eternity of heaven, subjectively speaking. Those who don’t, will experience an eternity of hell, subjectively speaking.

    We’ll ALL be in Purgatory until Judgement Day from that perspective.

    Doctrine DOES develop, only slowly- and I for one like this Papal reinterpretation (though it’s not infallible, and really is just another allegory) of the last things. For one, it gives us the hope of experiencing Heaven in this life- IF we are sufficiently saintly. Given that most of us have already experienced Hell in this life at some point, however briefly, that’s a hope worth clinging to. Likewise, the concept of our strife here not being all for naught, and shortening our subjective time in Purgatory by being good Catholics and improving our souls- is quite an incentive towards charity.

    Funny, I’d think that you’d be with me in finding resurrection of the body at the end of time to be more punishment than help- given the bodies you and I currently inhabit are far from anything that can be described as perfect.

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