This is Catholicism, Episode 35: Purgatory

Join Father Philip Eldracher and his brother Justin as they discuss how we can help the suffering souls in Purgatory by prayers, indulgences and other good works. Father also talks about the Heroic Act of Charity for the poor souls, which is described in more detail in Fr. Schouppe's work, Purgatory Explained.

Father Philip Eldracher

Father Philip Eldracher

A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion by Father Joseph Deharbe, S.J. was originally written in German, was very popular in the 19th century, and was translated into English. Bishop Donald Sanborn finds the Deharbe Catechism to be the most complete to convert and instruct people in the Catholic Faith.

Father Eldracher is currently pastor of Mary Help of Christians chapel and provides the Traditional (Tridentine) Latin Mass to faithful Catholics throughout Australia.


You can show your appreciation by supporting the Australian Mission where Fr. Eldracher is based by helping out with this crowd funder (remember that your USD goes a lot further in Australian dollars!):  and


Part I On Faith (continued)
Chapter II. Chief Truths of Faith (continued)

The Ninth Article
'The Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints'
5. The Communion of Saints.

Page 151-152
80. What benefit do the souls in Purgatory receive from our communion with them?
81. By what means can we assist the poor souls in Purgatory?
82. What profit do we derive from the mutual communion with the faithful on earth?
83. Do sinners, as long as they are not cut off from the Church, also share in this communion?

Episode Notes:

The text is available in the public domain for free online as a PDF. Used copies and reprint versions can still be found and purchased.

“A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion” by Father Joseph Deharbe S.J. on

The music used in this show was composed by Nicholas Wilton. To enjoy more of his work go to:

Original Air Date: March 16, 2019
Show Run Time: 34 minutes
Show Guest: Father Philip Eldracher
Show Host: Justin Eldracher
Individual Season 8 Show Price: Not available.

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