i watched msgr. swetland on EWTN last night say to college students at the university of illionis on the topic of salvation that since we don’t know who, if anyone, is in hell and that by the measure we judge we’ll be judged, we can hope that no one is in hell. he seemed to imply that universal salvation is a possibility.
i find this idea repugnant and contradictory to the scriptures, as well as to traditional catholicism. i think protestant converts at times over emphasize the commonalities between catholics and protestants and gloss over the differences. this may be because they have to reconcile the fact that many of their loved ones are not catholic yet and may be in a grave state.
he quoted hans balthasar and treated his writings as if they were doctrine. to me, his whole presentation on salvation was very relativistic and made it sound that it didn’t make much difference if you’re catholic or not, as long as you are a good person.
i think EWTN is taking a turn for the worse since Mother Angelica is on the side lines. i think it is silly to have hope that nobody is in hell. clearly, some people must be there. otherwise, why be catholic in the first place? it isn’t an easy road.