[quote="mackbrislawn, post:9, topic:443087"]
Catholics are permitted to have different opinions. The Church allows room for opinions on certain subjects. And that's what they are, opinions, unlike in some churches such as the Jehovah's Witnesses. And some evangelical congregations can get very dogmatic about the end times, to the extent, according to Dr. Robert Morey, if you aren't a pre-millenialist (for example), you aren't saved!
The contemporary Catholic Church doesn't emphasize end-times too much, although perhaps it should mention the subject a bit more, in view of the current interest in it. I know of a person locally who left the Church to become a bible church preacher because he became interested in end times and he wasn't satisfied with what he was told in the Church. I guess he didn't pay attention to the Creed when he recited it!
It seems every 500 or a 1000 years an end-times fever comes into being. There was one around the year 1000--you can imagine how after 1000 years it was logical to think it was time for Christ to return. And now the current millennial fever which began as early as the 1800's and is yet to abate, although I predict it will. That is why the Catholics don't emphasize the end-times too much, they have been burned in the past. For the Catholic Church, 2000 years old, it is old hat. But for some evangelicals and fundamentalists, it is new and exciting. It is gratifying to them to believe that they, they, are going to be a part of the culmination of the ages, and not just part of ordinary time.
Catholics do generally think we are in the end-times now, and have been since the Church was founded.
Anyone who dies has seen and experienced the end of the world.
Judgement takes place immediately, and it is known immediately either heaven or hell for all eternity will be the judgement. Those who go to purgatory first, are assured they will go to heaven after they are purified.
Jesus, the one who judges every soul, told us in advance how things will be.
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy,[a] that leads to destruction, ἀπώλεια ] and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Note: that Greek word ( ἀπώλεια, apóleia: = destruction, loss)
Full Definition: destruction, ruin, loss, perishing; eternal ruin.
IOW, Jesus says, few make it to heaven, the rest go to hell.