The following page is supposed to collect proofs that purgatory is still a doctrine of the Catholic Church: historyandapologetics.com/2016/02/purgatory-remains-catholic-doctrine.html
I wanted to make this page because I have heard several people confidently state that they saw a video or a news article claiming that the Catholic Church has come out and declared that purgatory isn’t real. I think that’s not true, so I’m documenting the fact that the Church still teaches purgatory using documents from the 1940s to the 2010s.
Purgatory Remains Catholic Doctrine
1943 A.D. - Pope Pius 12 - “Our united prayer should rise daily to heaven for all the members of the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ… [L]et there be a special remembrance…for the suffering souls in Purgatory.” (Mystici Corporis Christi 101)
1947 A.D. - Pope Pius 12 - “[The Church] extends to the souls in purgatory, who implore her intercession and her prayers, the helping hand which may lead them happily at last to eternal blessedness in heaven.” (Mediator Dei 22)
1964 A.D. - 21st Ecumenical Council - “Until the Lord shall come in His majesty…some of His disciples are exiles on earth, some having died are purified, and others are in glory beholding clearly God Himself triune and one, as He is.” (Lumen Gentium 49, internal quote marks removed)
Also: “This Sacred Council accepts…[that some of] our brethren…are in heavenly glory… [Others have] died [and] are still being purified; and it proposes again the decrees of the Second Council of Nicea, the Council of Florence and the Council of Trent.” (Lumen Gentium 51)
1968 A.D. - Bl. Pope Paul 6 - “We believe in the life eternal. We believe that the souls of all those who die in the grace of Christ…whether they must still be purified in purgatory, or whether…Jesus takes them [straight] to paradise as He did for the Good Thief…are the People of God in the eternity beyond death.” (Credo of the People of God 28)