When I first saw that Archbishop Apuron's name was assigned to this "homily" I was immediately doubtful. I know for a fact that he does not write much of what is published or "read" in his name. However, as soon as I began to read it, I knew it was his. And you will see why.
I see. So Catholics are to deduce that there is a purgatory because Protestants "pray for the dead." OMG! And this is at the start of the homily! First our Protestant friends will be blown away. The idea that anything can be done for the dead once they are dead is one of the main things that sparked the Reformation
But aside from this, for a bishop to anchor his opening remarks on the reality of one of Catholicism's most central beliefs (Purgatory) in the practice of Protestants (let alone the fact that they don't even do this), is staggeringly sad...once you get over laughing!
APURON: TheY believe only in heaven and hell. But the hell many believe in is only temporary and that is just what Purgatory is. Therefore they believe in heaven and purgatory, not hell.
Dear Protestant friends, did you know this? Did you know that you don't really believe in eternal damnation? Did you know that the hell you believe in is only temporary and is really Purgatory? Did you know? Are you done laughing? And we are STILL on defining a central Catholic teaching by comparing it to the beliefs and practices of Protestants? - even if they actually believed this - WHICH THEY DON'T!
At best this poor Kaka-confused bishop is confusing Protestant Christians with Jehovah Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists (two religions which most Protestants reject as Christian) which teach the annihilation of the soul instead of eternal damnation.
APURON: Reason says that there SHOULD be. We know that we are not perfect enough for heaven and not wicked enough for hell.
We do? We know this? Scripture says otherwise. Matthew 7:22 ("Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord...'") tells us that many will be surprised at their fate: "Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’" - Mt. 7:23
Apuron, here, sets us up to be our own judge - REPLACING GOD. But then he's been learning at the feet of Kiko for 20 years, so why are we surprised?
APURON: So there must be a middle state of purification. According to the New Catholic Catechism:....
This might seem like a minor thing, but a bishop shouldn't make this mistake. There is no "NEW" Catholic Catechism. There is ONLY the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Also, applying the word "new" to the Catechism makes it sound like there is a "new" teaching. There is not.
APURON: If you pray for the dead it is presumed that there is a purgatory...
I see. So rather than relying on the rich treasures of 2000 years of Church teaching and the many witnesses of the saints and doctors of the church, we are to presume truth based on our own practice. Wow!
APURON: Jews use this in their celebration of Hanukah. But the Protestants do not have this book in their Bible. Mormons use First Corinthians, chapter 15, as the basis for being baptized for the dead.
Sigh. Again with the Protestants and now with the Mormons. Really. Instead of telling us about Protestants and Mormons, why don't you simply state clearly and simply the teaching of the Catholic Church and the places in Scripture that the Catechism itself ACTUALLY REFERENCES!!!!
APURON: What is purgatory like? It is a place of great joy. This is where they want to be. They want to be purified before they see God.
Actually, NO. This is NOT where "they want to be," and neither do you "want to be" there. You want to be in heaven with God. You do NOT want to go to Purgatory. And "a place of great joy"???? There is joy in knowing one is going to Heaven, but Apuron makes it sound like Purgatory is a flower-table neocat "joy" get-together. Officially the Catholic Church does not pretend to know the nature of purgatory other than to speak of a state of purification by a "cleansing fire." (CCC 1030-1).
APURON: How many go to Purgatory? I think fewer go to purgatory than is generally thought.
Now THAT'S a freaking dangerous thing to say. It also WREAKS of NEO-KAKA. Christ warns us harshly "straight is the gate and narrow the way" (Mt. 7:14) and "...it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mt. 19:24) And we know he didn't just mean the materially rich because most of those who were with him were not wealthy, yet "they were greatly astonished and said, 'Who then can be saved?'" (Mt. 19:25)
Now, are you ready for this? This is where you get FIRST CLASS NEO-KAKA:
APURON: Most have a first class, non-stop flight. Long before the priest at the funeral says, "May the angels lead you to paradise..." they are already there.
Rome...Rome...come in, Rome? We have a problem. Rome? After you get done laughing about the reference to Apuron's usual mode of travel at our expense "first class, non-stop flight" (complete with Bloody Mary's), sober up and realize that this is FIRST CLASS NEO-KAKA. This is what Kiko teaches. You are already saved if you are "walking" in The Way....Kiko's "Way."
And lastly, a huge error:
APURON: Every member of the Communion of Saints is remembered and prayed for in every Mass.
No, Archbishop. The saints in heaven are members of the Communion of Saints and we do NOT pray for them at every Mass. As you said earlier in your own article: the "souls in heaven need no prayers." At least you got that right...even if you later got it wrong.
Seriously, Archbishop, for the sake of your own soul if not ours, get the hell out of the Neocatechumenal Way.
P.S. What do those letters mean after your name???