Is Purgatory a state or place?

I heard Tim Staples say that the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a state, not a place. So how can the examples of the rich man and Lazurus and the time when Jesus preached to the spirits in prison be possible examples of purgatory when these are clearly “places”?

The following links should help answer your questions about Purgatory. If you have any further questions, please contact Catholic Answers directly.

Recommended Reading:

[LIST]
*] Whatever Happened to Purgatory?
*]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?
[/LIST]

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit www.catholic.com.