Today, September 24, 2018, is the feast day of The Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, (formally known as Our Lady of Ransom) according to Lives of the Saints by Fr. Alban Butler (first published in 1887 under the title Lives of the Saints–With Reflections for Every Day in the Year) read about this Saint at http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/lots/lots300.htm
Reading about these Saints is a wonderful daily reflection.
Denial of Hell
Hard to believe that this Catholic author feels that way, but…from Crisis Magazine.
Anyone who wonders why the Catholic Church is in its present crisis need only read Dr. Scott Bruce’s “Do We Still Need to Believe in Hell?” The Wall Street Journal article (9/15-16/18) recently appeared in its popular weekend review section.
It was a rather typical yet brutal appraisal of the notion of Hell. The author believes Hell is a medieval invention adapted from the ancient myths that talk about a place of punishment for evildoers in the afterlife.
Dr. Scott recognizes the sociological value of Hell as “a frightening deterrent for sinful behavior.” However, he claims that Hell was (and no longer is) a cornerstone of Christian doctrine. It was (and no longer is) something about which priests preached.
The author looks forward to a day “in some, better future,” when the idea of hell might be retired from use. It would be “an important step in the maturation of human communities that can mete out justice on their own, without supernatural aid.”
A Cause for Concern
Such a sad commentary is to be expected from the Wall Street Journal with its materialistic and secular outlook on life. Light-hearted musings about Hell serve as a curiosity for those intent upon building a material paradise on earth.
However, Dr. Bruce is a Catholic. He is not only a Catholic but a professor of history at a Catholic university. His is not just any university but the Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York City.
This is a cause for concern, for Dr. Bruce runs no risk in speaking against Hell. He will not be called to task by Fordham for his critique of Hell in the nation’s leading newspaper. He will never be asked to withdraw the book he has just edited about the same topic. He will tranquilly continue teaching with so many similar minded professors at Catholic institutions everywhere.
Such inaction on the part of administrators is not surprising to those who have followed the decadence inside the Church in recent decades. Everyone knows there is a lack of concern for orthodoxy at many of the nation’s Catholic institutions. This example just shows that there is no attempt to hide it.
Hell is Scriptural
The denial of Hell helps explain why the Church is in crisis. The Hell deniers do irreparable harm to the Church, souls and society. The dogma of Hell is foundational for the Church. Take it away and the whole structure of Church teaching comes crashing down.
The notion of Hell has been held from time immemorial. Even Plato, unenlightened by Revelation, perceived the need for Hell declaring that “Such is the judgment of the gods who dwell in heaven; the good are reunited with the good, the wicked to the wicked.”
However, the existence of Hell is clearly defined in the Bible. It is mentioned many times in both the Old and New Testaments. It is also unequivocal. Hell deniers find little room for doubt in the graphic descriptions of this place of terrible punishment of endless duration. Numerous councils have defined Hell as an article of faith. Countless saints have all consistently spoken of Hell in dramatic terms.
“I am filled with fear and trembling,” says Saint Bernard, “and all my bones are shaken at the thought of that unhappy country of the damned.”…
Hell and Fatima
To those who say that Hell has outlived its usefulness in the modern age, one need only recall the message of Fatima in 1917. During the July 13 apparition, Our Lady showed the three children a vision of Hell. In so doing, she affirmed the special relevance of Hell for the present.
She not only confirmed Hell’s existence but tragically warned that untold numbers of souls were going there. To prevent souls from going to Hell, she asked for repentance and amendment of life. The denial of Hell is a direct attack upon the Fatima message that was mercifully given by God to guide Catholics in these tragic times of sin and iniquity.
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