Objective: What is Purgatory? Why is there so much fear and controversy around this topic? And how does Purgatory shape our Catholic faith? In this course, students will learn these answers and more. The course includes a three-part series on apologetics, and answers many of the tough questions Catholics and non-Catholics have about Purgatory. 

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What others have been saying about this course:

Laura Flores

“I found the entire course on Purgatory very informative. It clarified for me many points: mortal sin, venial sin, purgatory, indulgences, All Souls, All Saints Day and even Halloween. ”

“I found the entire course on Purgatory very informative. It clarified for me many points: mortal sin, venial sin, purgatory, indulgences, All Souls, All Saints Day and even Halloween. ”

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Esperanza Topete

“I am enjoying this course so much, what a beautiful way to learn more about our faith. I will continue to use and donate as well.”

“I am enjoying this course so much, what a beautiful way to learn more about our faith. I will continue to use and donate as well.”

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Franklin G Njeru

“The whole learning materials are well organized and can easily be followed. A good course for all.who want to increase their faith. ”

“The whole learning materials are well organized and can easily be followed. A good course for all.who want to increase their faith. ”

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    What is Purgatory? - Part 1 - The Choice

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 1 - The Choice - STUDY GUIDE
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 1 - The Choice - VIDEO
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 1 - The Choice - QUIZ
  • 02

    What is Purgatory? - Part 2 - The Mercy of Purgatory

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 2 - The Mercy of Purgatory - STUDY GUIDE
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 2 - The Mercy of Purgatory - VIDEO
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 2 - The Mercy of Purgatory - QUIZ
  • 03

    Apologetics - Part 1 - Does Purgatory Exist?

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Apologetics - Part 1 - Does Purgatory Exist? - STUDY GUIDE
    • Apologetics - part 1 - Does Purgatory Exist? - VIDEO
    • Apologetics - Part 1 - Does Purgatory Exist? - QUIZ
  • 04

    Apologetics - Part 2 - What is an Indulgence?

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Apologetics - Part 2 - What is an Indulgence? - STUDY GUIDE
    • Apologetics - Part 2 - What is an Indulgence? - VIDEO
    • Apologetics - Part 2 - What is an Indulgence? - QUIZ
  • 05

    Apologetics - Part 3 - A Divided Church

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Apologetics - Part 3 - A Divided Church - STUDY GUIDE
    • Apologetics - Part 3 - A Divided Church - VIDEO
    • Apologetics - Part 3 - A Divided Church - QUIZ
  • 06

    Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 1 - All Hallows' Eve

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 1 - All Hallows' Eve - STUDY GUIDE
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 1 - All Hallows' Eve - VIDEO
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 1 - All Hallows' Eve - QUIZ
  • 07

    Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 2 - All Saints', All Souls', The Day of the Dead

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 2 - All Saints', All Souls', The Day of the Dead - STUDY GUIDE
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 2 - All Saints', All Souls', The Day of the Dead - VIDEO
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 2 - All Saints', All Souls', The Day of the Dead - QUIZ

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Keith A. Fournier is first Dean of Students for Catholic Online School and editor-in-chief of Catholic Online (catholic.org), the World's Catholic Library.

Deacon Fournier is a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Theology and Philosophy, BA), the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (Theology of Marriage and Family, MTS), the Catholic University of America (Masters in Philosophy, Moral Theology) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD). He is working toward the Th.D. in Moral Theology, focusing on the teaching of St. John Paul II.

He also holds honorary Doctorates in Humane letters and Divinity (LLD, DD) The Social Teaching of the Christian Church is a division of Moral Theology. Fournier has spent his life and work – in the public square and in ministry – offering authentic, classical and biblically faithful Christian Social Teaching available as leaven to be used for the renewal of human culture.

Attorney Fournier is a human rights lawyer and public policy advocate of many years. He views his vocational calling as “serving at the intersection of faith and culture”, a conviction which flows from his understanding of living the Christian faith as an integrated way of life. He has practiced law for 35 years. During that time he has appeared in multiple cases at the State and Federal level. He also appeared in several cases before the United States Supreme Court on Pro-Life, pro-Family and Religious Liberty concerns.

He served as the founding Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice in the nineteen nineties. He currently serves as Special Counsel to Liberty Counsel. he also serves as the Chief Counsel of the Common Good Legal Defense Fund, a project on the Common Good Foundation.

He has written hundreds of articles on faith, culture and life and eight books. He has also spent his life and ministry in multiple efforts committed to bringing Christians together and healing the wounds of division in the Body of Christ. His work is well known in the broad Christian community.

Deacon Keith Fournier is a married deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. Deacon Fournier and his wife Laurine have raised five children and have seven grandchildren. They reside in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Deacon Keith Fournier

Dean of Students

Deacon Keith Fournier

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Marshall Connolly has spent his life in service to God and the Church as an educator and writer. He is a graduate of the California State University system and has earned bachelor's degrees in English and History, as well as a teaching credential. He has completed additional studies at Whitman College, and the University of San Diego. His interests include science and apologetics and he writes on both subjects for Catholic Online (catholic.org), the World's Catholic Library.

He serves as the first Director of Education for Catholic Online School.

Marshall Connolly

Director of Education

Marshall Connolly