CNS News: In another interview with his longtime atheist friend, Eugenio Scalfari, Pope Francis claims that Hell does not exist and that condemned souls just “disappear.” This is a denial of the 2,000-year-old teaching of the Catholic Church about the reality of Hell and the eternal existence of the soul.
The interview is headlined, “The Pope: It is an honor to be called revolutionary.” (Il Papa: “È un onore essere chiamato rivoluzionario.”)
Scalfri says to the Pope, “Your Holiness, in our previous meeting you told me that our species will disappear in a certain moment and that God, still out of his creative force, will create new species. 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?”
Pope Francis says, “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.” more …
Opinion: From the Vatican: “What is reported by the author in today’s article is the result of his reconstruction, in which the textual words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”
However this is not the first time Francis has trashed the Scriptures …
“No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!” – Amoris Laetitia – APRIL 8, 2016 – VATICAN
“Never fear the final judgment, because Christ will always be at our side.” – DECEMBER 11, 2013 – LA STAMPA
“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! Even the atheists. Everyone!” – September 11, 2013 – NC Register
… but absent a papal denial, this is by far his biggest apostasy yet, and a quote by Francis denying the comments should be forthcoming quickly.
As an ex-Catholic who has written hundreds of posts detailing the anti-Biblical teachings of the Catholic church, from allegorical interpretation of Scripture to Replacement Theology to Purgatory (varying degrees of sin), to Francis embracing Mahmoud Abbas to disparaging Donald Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, my prayer is that Catholics, including many in my own family, will see the eternal danger being taught.
“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.” 1 Timothy 5:3-5
(Thanks to Vason for sending this in)