|The Catholic Church teaches that when we die, if we are not
perfect our souls will have to be made perfect before we can
enter heaven. As the Bible says "nothing unclean shall enter
heaven". This "process" or "place" is what the Catholic Church
calls purgatory. In recent times some Catholics have been taught
that purgatory is an outdated teaching and is not Church doctrine
anymore. This is simply not true and purgatory is now and has
always been a doctrine of the Church.
The teaching of Purgatory was rejected by the reformers in light
of their belief in the theology of Sola Fide. Some people wrongly
believe that Purgatory was invented by the Catholic Church. This
is simply not true and can easily be proven false.
The fact is that the Catholic theology behind purgatory can be
found in the scriptures and sacred tradition and does not
contradict the Bible as most non-catholics claim.