A Roman Catholic acquaintance recently asked me about the Oriental Orthodox view of purgatory. I know that it is not accepted, so I sent him a link to the Southern US Diocese's literature on the subject
. To me this is enough to settle the issue, of course. But for my friend, he pointed that it seems to him that the details about absolution for the dead contradict some of the reasons for not believing in purgatory.
He says that the objection that purgatory is against salvation is contradicted by the fact that the church absolves the soul of the departed. If the church absolves the soul of the departed, then doesn't that also deny that salvation is only through the blood of Christ?
How should I respond to this?