Easter is that time where Christians of all stripes enthusiastically celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. For many, it is an affirmation of a belief in a God that became a man and rose from the dead, and for liturgical Christians, it is the end of a long penance season.
One of the most difficult things for our Protestant brothers and sisters to understand is the Catholic Church’s relationship to the Virgin Mary. Mary said yes to having Jesus so we believe that she was really important. Mary just like us had the free will to turn away from God but because she answered Gods call she played a really important part in his plan for our salvation.
In trying to determine how the Church views Holy Scripture we can begin by looking to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (a book put out by the Church to explain its beliefs). In Section 131 of the Catechism we find this statement:
So what’s up with purgatory. Isn’t it just some made up concept that the Catholic Church used to sucker some people out of money in the Middle Ages? Well, yea sometimes by some unsavory people, but just because people have used cars to rob banks doesn’t exactly make the cars bad, well it’s the same with purgatory.