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Christianity -VS- Protestantism Debate on Purgatory

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on February 24, 2009

Christianity -VS- Protestantism Debate on Purgatory

Fr. Mitchell “Mitch” Pacwa –VS- Dr. Walter Ralston Martin

Fr. Mitchell “Mitch” Pacwa , S.J., is a Jesuit priest of the Maronite Church and President and Founder of Ignatius Productions. He has taught at the University of Dallas and Loyola University and is now the Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.[1]

Fr. Mitch earned his Ph.D. in Old Testament from Vanderbilt University. He also holds a Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Loyola University. He is an accomplished linguist speaking several ancient languages, including Latin, Koine Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Ugaritic, as well as the modern languages of German, Spanish, Polish, Hebrew, Arabic, French, and Italian. (,_S.J.)

Father Mitch Pacwa is a highly educated Jesuit priest. He speaks 12 different languages and is an honored Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center of Biblical Theology. He also is the host of several TV and radio shows on EWTN. Fr. Mitch Pacwa is founder of Ignatius Productions, a multimedia apostolate, featuring Fr. Pacwa’s books, tapes and media productions. An accredited biblical scholar and apologist, Fr. Mitch Pacwa’s books and multimedia materials are invaluable tools for all Catholics.


Walter Ralston Martin (September 10, 1928June 26, 1989), was an American Evangelical minister, author, and Christian apologist who founded the Christian Research Institute in 1960 as a para-church ministry specializing as a clearing-house of information in both general Christian apologetics and in countercult apologetics.[1] [2]

Martin’s tertiary education began with his brief enrollment at Adelphi University (September 1946-January 1947), followed by attendance at Washington Bible College in 1948.[12] Martin finally settled on taking a degree at Shelton College where he was enrolled from 1949 until graduation with a B.A. in 1951. He further obtained a Bachelor of Religious Education degree in 1952 from Shelton College.[13] One of his best known lecturers at Shelton College was the Presbyterian theologian James Oliver Buswell.[14]

In 1956 he received a Master of Arts degree by coursework in religious education at New York University.[15] Martin then proceeded as a candidate for the Doctor of Education degree at New York University but he “never completed the degree requirements” and so “did not receive a doctoral degree from New York University.”[16] He subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in 1976 from California Coast University (known at that point as California Western University, its original name.)[17] (

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2 Responses to “Christianity -VS- Protestantism Debate on Purgatory”

  1. Dodge said

    Several Church Fathers wrote about the “Purgaturial Fire.” St. Augustine described the fires of cleansing as more painful than anything a man can suffer in this life. Souls are sent to purgatory as “nothing unclean” (Revelation 21, 27) can enter heaven.

    The existence of purgatory is the constant and universal writings of the early Church Fathers, the ancient liturgies of the East and West, the numerous inscriptions on the walls of the Catacombs, and in the pronouncements of the Councils of Florence and Trent.

    Pace e bene!

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