Document Title: "praying for the departed
Question from on 05-07-2007:
I believe we should pray for the departed but I have a siter that is a Evangelica and is agaist praying for the departed, please tell me where I can gather information on this... Thank you Gods blessing to you
Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 05-08-2007:
Dear Carmen, Your sitter trusts that all believers are already saved, that their Faith is sufficient for salvation. Would that she were correct! We Catholics believe that works are also necessary. How can any of us be sure we have done enough works acceptable to God for entrance into eternal glory? And what about sin? WE all are sinners, and who can say that his sorrow has been sufficient for God to forget our sins? Even in the Old Testament there are countless verses asking for prayer for others, including the deceased. Instead of your proving the need of prayer for the dead, ask your sinner to prove why prayers are unnecessary for them. Fr. Bob Levis"