I am new here so please forgive me if this has been discussed already and please direct me to the discussion(s).
In the not-so-distant past my Catholic friends were quite consistent in asserting that all Protestants would go to hell unless they converted to Catholicism. In recent years the Catholic Church has, IMO, shifted its public views of Protestants and now says that Protestants can share in the hope of salvation, that Protestant baptism is valid, and that Protestants are “separated brethren”.
My questions are relatively straightforward, as follow:
- Can any person be saved who dies in mortal sin?
- Is willfully and knowingly not attending regular weekly mass at a Catholic church a mortal sin?
- If a Protestant dies without ever attending regular weekly mass at a Catholic church can he be saved?
- If Protestants are saved, do they also go to Purgatory?
- If a Protestant goes to Purgatory does he suffer torment and punishment for his lifetime of not being Catholic or does he merely suffer for the consequences of his other sins?
- If Purgatory is a pleasant cleansing experience as some Catholics now preach, do Protestants also get this experience or are they sent somewhere else?