EWTN Catholic Q&A
when did heaven open ?
Question from Archie Cottingham on 08-19-2013:

Hello EWTN,

Q- When did gates of heaven open ? Was is Jesus ? Is the answer part of Catholic Trad or is it revealed to us in scripture ? If so where ?

If it was Jesus, then When would Abraham entered the kingdom of heaven ?

Thank you in anticipation


Answer by Richard Geraghty on 10-20-2013:

Dear Archie,

The Church teaches that when Christ went down to the nether world after he was buried in the tomb, he announced the opening of the Gates of Heaven to all who had been saved dating from the time of Adam and Eve to the time Christ would rise from the dead on Easter Sunday. All would enter with Christ in the lead. I am not sure what the Scripture scholars say about this. Ask the theologians. I am just reporting on the ordinary teachings of the Church.

Dr. Geraghty