I believe in Purgatory? Yes, but not according to Medieval Lady’s understanding of the doctrine. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church,
“1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
“1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. . . .”
Incidentally, here is what a noted Protestant author says about Purgatory: “Our souls demand Purgatory, don’t they? Would it not break the heart if God said to us, ‘It is true, my son, that your breath smells and your rags drip with mud and slime, but we are charitable here and no one will upbraid you with these things, nor draw away from you. Enter into the joy’? Should we not reply, ‘With submission, sir, and if there is no objection, I’d rather be cleaned first.’ ‘It may hurt, you know.’ – ‘Even so, sir.’” That is from C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm, chap. 20 (location 1332 on Kindle).
I believe that a person's sins/bad deeds can be excused/outweighed by their good ones, again without the need for repentance and forgiveness? It's interesting that Medieval Lady frames this as an accusation. What demonstrates repentance but doing the right thing—ie., doing good deeds? And if we are called to “bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things” in love, shouldn’t that apply to waiting on someone else’s repentance?
I believe that the condoning of sin is the same as the forgiveness of sin? Absolutely not, but my jurisdiction over other people's sins is limited. I have no authority to mete out punishment for sins or crimes.
Humans forgiving sins against God? I don’t understand this at all. God can take care of sins against Himself without my help.
Part of Medieval Lady’s problem here seems to be that she is taking the words and actions of characters in my Latter Annals as expressing my own beliefs. They don’t. What expresses my beliefs in all of my books are the plots. When you see what happens by the end of each book, you get an idea of my beliefs. For a more concise statement, see the Apostle’s Creed.