[quote="promethius, post:12, topic:271477"]
Purgatory is not a physical place, so it does not have time as we conceive it currently within THIS temporal universe.
HOWEVER, purgatory is a process, and it only exists until the final judgement, so we can conclude that there is SOME sort of "time" there, in that there is progression of being, but this time is non-sensical to us because we lack any sort of faculty to observe it.
In other words, it is not contradictory to state that there is no time in purgatory (at least, not as we understand time), and yet to state that a soul spends a certain duration in purgation until it is pure and enters heaven.
For all we know, it is timeless in the sense that God is timeless and yet still has progression relative to Earth's understanding...
I like the way you think. :thumbsup:
I was about to ask, "If Purgatory dissolves at the Last Judgment, how is it just to those who died right before and had a lot of time they needed to spend in cleansing?" But when you explain time in that manner, in a sense saying "It doesn't make sense," then I guess it makes more sense. :whacky:
Consequently, having the mindset that souls spend a definite amount of Earth-time in Purgatory, and then believing that everyone in Purgatory goes to Heaven at the Last Judgment, seems a bit contradictory--at least, considering the Church's teaching that every soul needs to go through a certain amount of cleansing for their sin.