Cautious before Claiming Pope Denies Hell’s Existence

by Steve Ray on March 30, 2018

BC421757-8587-4D76-B7C2-05991A305BC5UPDATE: I recommend this article by Catholic World Report. Very good. Click HERE

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It is being reported that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell and said those unrepentance souls just disappear. The Pope does believe in hell but he ought to more careful who the hell he talks too and how he says things.

He met with an atheist journalist named Eugenio Scalfari who claimed it was an interview —  and that in the “interview” the pope denied the existence of hell.

The Vatican is scrambling to fix the mess and claims no interview was granted — it was just a discussion and that the Pope does indeed believe in hell.

Why the Pope gets himself into these messes and why he is not more careful is a mystery to me.

However, we have to realize the Pope often says things ambiguously which are then translated poorly. One could wish he would be more careful and not cause confusion and scandal. Unless, of course, that is his purpose.

It seems unlikely however that the pope would deny the existence of hell especially since it is established doctrines in the Catholic Church.

Here is an article that I think is pretty balanced and objective discussing most recent situation swirling around the Vatican this week.

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JESUS:

Jesus said that those who refuse to help others will be eternally punished. “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:45–46).

CATECHISM:

“The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, “eternal fire.” The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs” (CCC 1035).

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Tom Govern March 30, 2018 at 10:46 PM

People hear what they want to. The “press” reports what they want to. Sad that so many are mislead. The nature of hell, or heaven for that matter, is not really known but there is no doubt that they both exist.

Sandi Walczak March 31, 2018 at 9:06 AM

We should, of course, give the Pope the benefit of the doubt. I pray that he didn’t say what they are saying he said. Confusion of doctrine is never a good thing.

Lee Gilbert April 1, 2018 at 11:39 AM

When he is in effect teaching (whether deliberately or through lack of caution and good sense) billions of people through his journalist friend that Hell does not exist, it is immaterial what he personally believes, or what his evangelical strategy might be in making such comments. It is false and heretical teaching. It immediately paves the way for the world, the flesh and the devil to work their will.

There is little doubt that people inspired by this teaching already have gone to their eternal doom on the wings of this teaching. For example, the suicide who had his courage buoyed and his mind relieved of apprehension. What a relief for a potential suicide in the face of his suffering and lack of hope just to disappear,a choice pursued with papal reassurance. This pope has to go, and it seems perfectly legitimate to pray that the Lord will take him out of the way one way or another.

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