To The Editor:
Thanks for publishing “Does the Pope Believe in Hell?” by Pat Buchanan, in the March 31-April 1 Missourian. It should be published in every secular and religious newspaper and magazine in the nation.
Buchanan, a faithful Roman Catholic, wrote: “Does the Pope Believe in Hell?’
So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report on Holy Thursday.
Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari.
Scalfari: “What about bad souls? Where are they punished?”
“Bad souls ‘are not punished,’ Pope Francis is quoted, ‘those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.’ ”
The Missourian columnist goes on to quote the pope’s Amoris Laetitia, “The Joy of Love.” He notes that the pope has not addressed the valid concerns that American Cardinal Raymond Burke expressed about this decree, which approved giving Holy Communion to those living in adultery. Buchanan adds that the pope is selling out the faithful Roman Catholics in China for those churchmen approved by the Communist Party.
Buchanan hits the nail on the head when he writes: “There is a division inside Catholicism that is widening, between a Third World and traditional church that are growing, and a mainstream Church in Europe and here that is taking on aspects of the Anglican Church of the 20th Century.
“And how did that turn out, Your Holiness?”
The president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recently said about the same thing the pope has said about hell. Most denominations today and not only the broadening Anglican Church have become “anything goes” churches. No disciplinary action is taken against churchmen and theologians who are universalist who claim no one is going to hell, insist the Bible is filled with errors, and men must work their own way to heaven.
Faithful Christians in all denominations should unite behind a 21st Century Formula of Concord which reaffirms the ancient creeds of Christendom, the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed, but also speaks to the issues of our day, evolution and creation, homosexuality, transgenderism, contraception, same-sex marriage, abortion, cremation, etc.