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Did Pope say there is no hell?

March 29, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis said that hell does not exist, according to Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of the daily La Repubblica.

After an interview with the Pontiff, Scalfari quoted him as saying: “There is no hell. There is the disappearances of sinful souls.”

The Vatican press office quickly issued a statement noting that Scalfari’s quotation cannot be considered “a faithful transcription” of the Pope’s actual words. Scalfari, who has now interviewed Pope Francis several times, does not record the sessions or take notes; he relies on his memory to reconstruct the conversations.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 29, 2018 5:44 PM ET USA

    Feedback asks if there is any point to all this exercise. The answer is yes. The answer is deliberate confusion. Like the communist, the liberation theologian exists to destroy all existing institutions and overthrow the traditional order. His guideword is "reform," and his method is misdirection. Consider the textbooks that have been in use to form adult Catholics at least since the 1980s when I was undergoing deacon formation. I can attest that these types are just as contrary the faith today.

  • Posted by: feedback - Mar. 29, 2018 11:14 AM ET USA

    Pope Francis keeps spending his time on interviews with Scalfari (who, by the way, is 93-year old atheist), and the Vatican press office keeps issuing vague "corrections." Is there any point at all to this exercise? I don't see any.