I have always understood Purgatory to be a part of Heaven. Just a place of penance, but that we are assured of Heaven. However, my Priest told us that we are not assured of Heaven in purgatory, that we can still choose hell. I am so confused.
The following links should help answer your questions about Purgatory. You might pass these on to your priest. If you have any further questions, please contact Catholic Answers directly.
*] Whatever Happened to Purgatory?
*] The Roots of Purgatory
*]Do Catholics still believe in purgatory?
*]The Logical Case For Purgatory
*]Where Is Purgatory in the Bible?
*]The Bible Blueprint for Purgatory
*]Is Purgatory a Catholic Invention? No Way
*]Does this statement agree with the doctrine of purgatory?