I heard a priest on radio say that “Everyone goes to purgatory” I know some martyrs go straight to heaven but do all the other people go to purgatory?
It is, of course, possible to go straight to heaven. It is also, of course, possible to go straight to hell. And for those who are not in a state of mortal sin but still need some purification, they go through Purgatory before attaining heaven.
The statement “everyone goes to Purgatory” is not exactly a theological principle, but it is perhaps a catchy way of getting across the necessity of praying for the dead.