Catholics/Hell or Purgatory


Maria wrote at 2013-01-04 03:24:40
Hell is real there is no such thing as Purgatory it's a makeup place to make people feel relief that if they do died in their sins sooner or later they will go to heaven. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten so that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus talks many times about hell like the story of the beggar and the rich man. It's only two ways in the afterlife heaven or hell that's it. People always want to see a way out. If Purgatory was real what's the point of Jesus teaching, sin go to a temporary place get cleansed and go to heaven. So the teachings of Christ is pointless I don't so. I believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Please repent and believe Mary was once a woman on earth and now is in heaven praising God in heaven just like everyone else in heaven. On earth she is just another idol for the devil to seperate people from God. God bless everyone.


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Father Dave Bechtel


I am a Catholic priest in good standing and in active ministry in the Diocese of Scranton PA. I can answer most any question about the Catholic Faith, however my area of specialization is Systematic Theology. Systematic Theology is a branch of theology that focuses on the fundamental tenants of the Faith and the Dogmas of the Faith. I have specialization on the Reformation and Catholic vs. Protestant theology/issues and answering Protestant challenges to the Faith.


I was ordained in June of 2008. Since that time the thrust of my ministry has been specialized. In my first assignment I was an assistant pastor. A year later I was sent to work in education. I spent six (6) years in education and have now assumed my first pastorate. While education was the thrust of my ministry, nevertheless I continued to have a hand in parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy and prison chaplaincy. Now that I am out of education I will obviously be focusing more on parish work than specialized ministry. I have two years of formal Clinical Pastoral Education and prior to ordination I successfully pursued Board Certification for health care ministry through the NACC. My certification needs to be renewed and I plan to seek dual certification in health care ministry (NACC and APC) when I renew my certification. I have a breadth of experience working with Protestant ministers and collaborating with them to achieve the goals of hospital pastoral care and chaplaincy. These ministers run the spectrum from the liberal to the conservative.

Bachelors of Science-- University of Scranton PA Masters of Arts Theology--- Saint Mary's Seminary and University Baltimore MD Masters of Divinity--- Saint Charles Borremeo Seminary Philadelphia PA Board Certified Chaplain (up for renewal)

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