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VARIOUS VIEWS OF HELL:

ALTERNATE VIEWS PROMOTED
BY VARIOUS CHRISTIANS

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2020-MAR: Pope Francis is interviewed by Eugenio Scalfari:

Scalfari is an Atheist, and the founder and former editor of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. He has been a friend of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is now Pope Francis. for many years, and has often interviewed the Pope. During early 2018 they met and discussed Pope Francis' views of life after death, including the concept of Hell. 1

According to Scalfari, he asked Pope Francis:

"You have never spoken to me about the souls who died in sin and will go to hell to suffer it for eternity. You have however spoken to me of good souls, admitted to the contemplation of God. But what about bad souls? Where are they punished?"

Also according to Scalafari, he recalls Pope Francis as responding:

"They are not punished. Those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him. But those who do not repent, and cannot therefore be forgiven, disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls."

IF Salfari's recollection is correct, then Pope Francis apparently believes in the concept of Annihilationism! This is a belief that the lives of individuals who have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior during their time on earth will be extinguished after their death. That is they will no longer be conscious.

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What does the Catechism of the Catholic Church teach?

Section 1035 states:

"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."

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 Home > Christianity > Beliefs... > Specific beliefs > Afterlife > here

or Home > Christianity > Bible > Contents > Afterlife > here

or Home > Christianity > Bible > Contents > Afterlife > here

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We intend to expand this article in the future with alternate views of Hell and the afterlife.

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References:

  1. Michael W. Chapman, "Pope Francis: 'There Is No Hell,' CNS News, 2018-MAR-29, at: https:www.cnsnews.com/

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Copyright © 2020 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2020-DEC-02
Author: B.A. Robinson

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