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Choices are what send people to hell
The Columbus Dispatch ^ | September 6, 2008 | ANDREW CANO

Posted on 09/06/2008 9:04:43 AM PDT by buccaneer81

Choices are what send people to hell Saturday, September 6, 2008

As an ardent Roman Catholic, I am disappointed by the fact that 41 percent of the 35,000 respondents in the recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life do not believe in hell. I am even more disappointed, however, by the fact that the Religion News Service's article on this question, printed in the Aug. 29 Faith & Values section, "For Americans, belief in hell both ebbing, changing," relied exclusively on Dominican Sister Carmella Conway for the Catholic theological teaching on hell.

While Sister Conway is entitled to her opinion, her overly sentimental approach to hell and how people can be spared this eternal punishment are hardly reflective of official Catholic teaching. Had the writer referred to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, he would have found that the church definitively affirms the existence of hell and its eternity in Paragraph 1035.

Furthermore, had he read or listened to Pope John Paul II's July 28, 1999, address on the subject of hell, he would have known that the Holy Father affirmed what is stated in Catechism Paragraph 1861: namely, that people do not go to hell because of some wrathful God but rather because of their own evil choices and unrepentant state at the time of their death.

Therefore, while we can certainly pray and do good works for the sake of others, as Sister Conway suggests, whether any of us enter heaven or hell in the next life will be determined by how we freely choose to live our own lives.

It would behoove all the respondents of the aforementioned survey and those reading this newspaper to heed this teaching, as the existence of any objective reality, be it temporal or spiritual, is not dependent on modern sensibilities and, thus, they may regretfully discover that hell is very real indeed.

ANDREW CANO

Hilliard


TOPICS: Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: catechism; catholic; hell; liberalnun

1 posted on 09/06/2008 9:04:43 AM PDT by buccaneer81
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To: buccaneer81

Hell - believe it now or believe it later .... but you WILL believe


2 posted on 09/06/2008 9:06:13 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol
Hell - believe it now or believe it later .... but you WILL believe

Amen.

3 posted on 09/06/2008 9:34:58 AM PDT by BipolarBob (I overinflate my tires, so the gas fairy will fill my tank.)
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To: buccaneer81
I can't speak for the teachings of the Catholic Church, but the Protestant church I attend has not abandoned the notion of hell. Hell, as we understand it, is eternal separation from God. God, as a loving Creator and Father, wants to have fellowship with His children, yet cannot do so due to our sin and rejection of Him. As we could not change our sinful natures by ourselves, He sacrificed Himself - that is, His Son - so that He might draw us to Him. If we choose to reject that sacrifice, we are doomed to be separated from Him for eternity.
4 posted on 09/06/2008 9:50:33 AM PDT by quadrant
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To: taxcontrol
Hell - believe it now or believe it later .... but you WILL believe

LOL

5 posted on 09/06/2008 10:58:36 AM PDT by LeGrande
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Sister Carmella Conway, 85, says she thinks hell will have fewer inhabitants than many think because of God's grace and people's faithful work. Religion News Service photo by Lance Wynn/The Grand Rapids Press.

Nice habit, Carmella.

6 posted on 09/06/2008 2:58:07 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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