Question from Rosemarie on 5/13/2008:
What is temporal punishment?
Answer by Catholic Answers on 5/13/2008:
According to the late Fr. John Hardon, S.J., temporal punishment is "The penalty that God in his justice inflicts either on earth or in purgatory for sins, even though already forgiven as to guilt." Temporal refers to something that exists within time and that will eventually be finished; as opposed to eternal, which is something that lasts forever. Eternal punishment is more commonly known as that which occurs in hell.