The Eastern Churches and St. Thomas Aquinas
(02-08-2012, 06:58 PM)TrentCath Wrote: A) its a very different situation

No, it's pretty much the same.  Basic human respect, let alone Christian charity, applies equally in both places.

Quote: Even the Orthodox don't reject some kind of intermediary state, so what you have stated are not exact opposites.  Also, it is perfectly acceptable to believe Purgatory is not painful.  The only reason Latins 'know' it is painful is from private revelation, something that can NEVER be required for faith, thus not de fide.

Trent, what you seem to have failed to understand is that Melkite implicitly understood you to mean purgatorial fire, a theological opinion which is not De Fide.  He was not suggesting that there is no suffering, as he later stated, but that he was not required to view it in terms of visceral pain, which he is not in fact required to believe as a Catholic.  He is right that what is De Fide, even hardcore Orthodox leaders have accepted explicitly, so insisting that Purgatory is a dividing issue with Eastern Orthodox, let alone fellow Catholics, is silly.
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Re: The Eastern Churches and St. Thomas Aquinas - by Parmandur - 02-08-2012, 07:05 PM



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