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Second, even if one is inclined not to accept the defense of Christ’s innocence and repentance as good works, the fact that Dismas was physically incapacitated to do good works doesn’t affect the principle that good works are necessary for salvation. Had he the opportunity, I’m sure he would have done good works.
For example, I might have the flu and be physically incapacitated to go to Mass on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean the Sunday obligation doesn’t exist. So, I guess my optometrist will have to find another argument to justify his position.
Such a place was the “prison” to which Jesus went after his death in order to preach to the spirits held there (see 1 Peter ).
He would not release those spirits until his ascension: When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.
For some souls it could be something akin to an instantaneous purgation (a very quick movement from potency to act).
The Protestant Reformation was the 16th-century religious, political, intellectual and cultural upheaval that splintered Catholic Europe, setting in place the structures and beliefs that would define the continent in the modern era.
And whatever truth a person is ignorant of, God knows if that person is responsible or not and will judge accordingly.
In as much as a person implicitly desires God, he implicitly desires all things that God wills, including the sacraments.
He could have experienced a quick refinement and still entered heaven on that same day.
Another response is that the argument assumes that the word 339), which at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion wasn’t heaven, since Jesus had not yet ascended.