Top Secrets Most Catholics Don’t Know About the Catholic Church (But Should!)

9. Hell And Purgatory Still Exist Contrary to the belief of many Catholics, the Church still teaches that “the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin, descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, eternal fire” (CCC 1035) Furthermore, “all who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are […]


9. Hell And Purgatory Still Exist

Contrary to the belief of many Catholics, the Church still teaches that “the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin, descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, eternal fire” (CCC 1035) Furthermore, “all who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation, but after death they undergo purification, so to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.” (CCC 1030) This purification process, formally declared by the Church at the Councils of Florence and Trent, is known as Purgatory.



10. Catholics Don’t Worship Mary And The Saints

Many Catholics are confused about the role of the Blessed Mother and the Saints. Should we pray to Mary and the Saints or should we go “right to the top” and pray to God? In a nutshell, the Catholic Faith teaches that we must worship God alone. Mary and the Saints are to be honored, not worshipped. However, their intercession can be extremely powerful and emulating their virtues can put us on the road to Heaven.

While the above list only scratches the surface of the robust Catholic Faith, it provides a glimpse into the depth of Catholic teaching. Further explanation on these and other topics can be found by examining the Code of Canon Law and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, both of which can be found online at the Vatican website (www.vatican.va). Not only will studying the teachings of the Catholic Church enable us to better defend her when challenged, it will help us to become closer to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who founded our Church 2,000 years ago.

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  • my wife divorced me after 26 years of mariage
    because i was out of work for 6 Months
    I bought and paid for the house and put it on her name
    She sold everything because her sisters and mother said she must i am on the street
    AND I CANNOT TAKE HOLY COMMUNION BECAUSE
    I AM DIVORCED
    SO NOW I AM FORCED TO GO TO ANOTHER
    CONGRIGATION

  • John
    I believe you can receive communion. If you have a new partner then you can not. There is a bit more to it. Talk to your parish priest.

  • I always believe That Holy Roman Catholic is the religion Of Salvation in the belief of The Holy Trinity of God the Father,the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.So my question is what happened to the noncatholic during judgement day.Will noncatholic go to heaven.No wonder God the Father is not happy.When i start my devotion to prayers i always include praying harder to those coming back to God to make God happy.I will pray that all mankind will have the same faith to make it simple.When i listened to youtube channels were there are young pastors who dont believe in The existence of Jesus and these multiple ministries are being paid money to exist.Do you think God is happy about this. I wonder what these young pastors are teaching in their churches.And what about their gross earnings at the end of month.Are they donating half to charities to make God happy?There should be only one Faith to God so it will be less complicated.I will harder for this.

  • John, not true at all. You can take Holy Communion – just not if you remarry. Why would you go to another congregations? I’m assuming protestant? They don’t have Communion anyway.

  • I’ve been married, divorced and remarried. I would not be able to participate in Holy Communion in the Catholic Church because of that?