=ComeHome2Rome;10290687]Catholics, Orthodox & Protestants agree that God is a God that forgives the sins of those who ask in or outside of the Mystery of Confession. (Catholics believe venial sin can be forgiven outside Confession & mortal can be too under a certain circumstance, otherwise, mortal must be confessed during Confession.)
Catholic theologian Scott Hahn explains purgatory is necessary through a story of a little boy who breaks his neighbor’s window. The boy can go to the neighbor, apologize and be forgiven, but the neighbor will still demand the boy pay to replace the window.
Orthodox & Protestants agree that God is a God who forgives everything. Jesus paid all of our debts.
Why do Catholics teach that after they have been forgiven by God something additional remains to be paid for or needs to be purged in purgatory? Why don’t Catholics believe that Jesus paid for those debts, too?
Lets first build a solid ROCK foundation for my reply:)
Because there is Only One God it is both logical anf Fact that their can be and IS only one right and true set of Faith beliefs. Limited space prohibits an extense explaination but lets look at just a few short passages that suppport this reality.
**Mt.10:1-2 **"And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities. And the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother"
Mt.16:18-19 “And I [GOD] say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock [YOU-PETER] I will build my church,[SINGULAR] … And I [GOD] will give to thee[ALONE] the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven”
Then in Jn. 14:16-17 Christ promises to send to HIS APOSTLES the HS; which He does in Jn. 20:21-22.
In Mk. 16:14-16 and Mt. 28:19-20 Jesus specifically and exclusively passes on His Own Authority and Powers AS GOD to His Apostles and through them to todays CC.
Mk. "At length he appeared to the eleven [Aostles] as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. ** And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature**. **Mt. **“Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”
For the first 900 years or so of the Churches existence there was only "One set of Faith beliefs; One Church and One head of the Church; Peter and his successors… Ck. This site out:
“Sin is always a Public offense; even when hidden” God know of the harm done to others and to His Church and debt is thus incurred.
So there are two seperate and yet unable to be seperated issues to understand.
Sin and its forgiveness which is immediate and total through the Sacramnent of Confession [only in this manner]**
And the “effects of sin on others” and the necessary retruibation they create.
Take for example all of the following and how they effect others
Missing Sunday and HD Mass on purpose
and so on…
Each damages others besides the sinner and thus requires a “pay-back”. Even though the sin irself has been forgiven and forgotten this Temporal Debt remains and must be payd for.
In giving to Peter and the CC the “key’s” to heaven and ALL of the essential Powers needed to Govern the Church and to save Souls for Christ; God permits “the Church” to both Speak for and to Act on His behalf Mt. 16:19-20; Mt. 28:19-20
Because the Church is Guided by the HS and Jesus Himself Jn.17: 15-19 She is empowered to address this issue in accordance with Gods Will: SAVE AS MANY SOULS as will Obey Me fully!
So Good Works, sacrifices, Fasting, Prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, Bible reading and much more all WORK in repayins this debt for sins committed.
The Church provides these means and Indulgences to reply the “banker / Christ Alone”. That’s the unkonwn factor. HOW much dept do we Owe? And How MUCH creidt God issues towards these debts based on the above. ONLY GOD KNOWS [emphaisis; not shouting].
Indulgences and the Last Rites; AFTER having received the Sacrament of Baptism which erases both all sins and their Temporal Punishment, until one sins again; are the manner Mother Church and God give us to perfect our Souls and thus be enabled to access heaven; assuming of course there are no unconfessed mortal sins to be Sacramentally Forgiven:rolleyes:
God Bless and thanks for asking:)