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Frank Cantu wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • For the record, I'd like to know if the good thief on the cross went to Heaven or Purgatory?

One priest said he went to Purgatory, the other priest said, since the thief suffered enough on the cross, he went to Heaven; he called it purgatorture.

It seems to me there is nothing but self-interpretation going on here.

Frank

  { For the record, I would like to know if the good thief on the cross went to Heaven or Purgatory? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Frank —

Scripture says he went immediately to Heaven.

Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise. (Luke 23:43)

Grammatically, it's ambiguous whether today modifies tell or modifies will be as there is no punctuation in the Greek and the word is between the two phrases, but Truly I tell you is one of Jesus' stock phrases and it's unlikely Jesus would change it and say Truly I tell you today.

The Church, by the way, hasn't officially commented on this but everyone generally acknowledges the first version I gave (that the thief went straight to Heaven).

Eric

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