chapter  4
A Roman Catholic View of Death
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The second major topic deals with the Catholic medieval tradition. Many non-Catholics view Catholic teaching through this prism, as if Catholic thought reached an apex at that period and forever remained frozen. Many of Catholicism's achievements from its medieval legacy remain part of its current teachings, but not all do. To take one example germane to our topic, the medieval teaching on purgatory shaped Catholic devotional practices for centuries, but the situation is changed today. Thus it is instructive to situate the medieval period of Catholicism in a proper prospective.2