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Heaven Can WaitPurgatory in Catholic Devotional and Popular Culture$
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Diana Walsh Pasulka

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195382020

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382020.001.0001

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That Sensible Neighborhood to Hell

That Sensible Neighborhood to Hell

Fiery Apologetics: Providence and Materiality within the Periodical (1830–1920)

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Heaven Can Wait

Diana Walsh Pasulka

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines nineteenth-century periodicals devoted to the holy souls in purgatory, as well as anti-Catholic polemical discourse about purgatory. Each details how purgatory as a location is a problem, and a new version of purgatory is promoted by Catholic converts like Frederick William Faber. This new version describes purgatory as a condition of loss, and attempts to distance representations of the doctrine from older, punitive, and spatial versions. The purgatory museum in Rome is addressed as an example of evidence of the physical nature of purgatory’s punishments. A French periodical about purgatory reveals mid-nineteenth-century representations of purgatory as depicted within the middle of the earth, which become the subject of polemicists.

Keywords:   Frederick William Faber, purgatory, Purgatory Museum, Providence, Catholic periodicals, John Henry Newman, The Oxford Movement, Tractarians

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