"Whoever dies in mortal sin," Pope Benedict said yesterday, "unrepentant and closed off from God's love by his prideful rejection, excludes himself from the kingdom of life."
It's basic Catholic doctrine, of course, the kind of thing once taught in one's first catechism lessons. But it's a truth rarely spoken out loud today, especially by a bishop. It's bracing to hear a pastor give voice to concern for the eternal life of his sheep, and not only for their health insurance subsidy.
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Posted by: Te_Deum -
Nov. 08, 2006 12:12 PM ET USA
If you are ever in the metro Detroit area, be sure to stop in at Assumption Grotto. How could I be so shocked in my 40s to hear such talk (about sin, the four last things, among other rarely heard pieces of church teaching), unless I hadn't heard it in all that time? It's a breath of fresh air when you do encounter a priest or bishop who is not disoriented in his understandings.
Posted by: sparch -
Nov. 07, 2006 2:41 PM ET USA
The question then becomes is there such a thing as mortal sin? According to some professors at the Chicago Theologiocal Union, nothing can keep us separated from God so there is no mortal sin. When asked to clarify, the smoke an mirrors were pulled out for visual aids
Posted by: Beasely -
Nov. 06, 2006 8:44 PM ET USA
Hell is after all a lonely place, well portrayed by CS Lewis in The Great Divide, anticpated by Sartre's: "hell is other people.".
Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY -
Nov. 06, 2006 6:40 PM ET USA
My personal opinion is there there is noone in Hell, but the gates are wide open for me.Ne illegitimi carborundum.
Posted by: Fatimabeliever -
Nov. 06, 2006 5:56 PM ET USA
The Pope's words should be a reminder to these Bishops, too. And if I may add someone should remind these women and gay activists who insist, "its my body and I can do what I want with it" that when they come face to face with Almighty God, they might not even be given a chance to utter two words of this prideful statement before God's justice smacks them into hell. But then, who knows maybe the meriful Jesus will remind them that this so call right belongs only to God, the Almighty Father.
Posted by: Gil125 -
Nov. 06, 2006 2:39 PM ET USA
With due respect, esalkin, I think not quite. The Americhurch bishops would never use the word heaven. Actually, even the Pope didn't, apparently.
Posted by: -
Nov. 06, 2006 2:31 PM ET USA
Well that figures for the USCCB. One more reason to get rid of it.
Posted by: -
Nov. 06, 2006 2:20 PM ET USA
Hey let's get a headline in the New York Times: POPE REINSTATES HELL! sub head: Curran and Jesuits support Pope's right to have an opinion...even if unfounded.
Posted by: -
Nov. 06, 2006 1:34 PM ET USA
Here is the UCCB translation: "Whoever dies failing to live up to their personal moral code, narrow minded and intolerant of others, will require sensitivity training by the god of their choice before they can get into heaven."