Hard to believe that a merciful god would condemn a soul (which he created) to an eternity of punishment. There’s no mercy in that, only vengeance and vindictiveness.
Rather, I believe that god, in his mercy, causes those souls to perish. That it, they completely die, never to be resurrected, never to know or have consciousness again, as if they never had lived.
Eternal punishement, but not eternal punishing.
That will be contested, I’m sure.
If Purgatory exists, and we don’t know whether a soul is in Heaven, Purgatory or Hell, we must pray for all departed souls, including those who: committed mass genocide and caused world wars; killed millions of their countrymen and women; raped and murdered; stolen vast sums of money; the innumerable adulterers, idolators, bearers of false witness, and so on.
If they never repented, then they are doomed. But if, at some point in their hearts and souls, they repented and were genuinely sorry…well, God is kind of obliged to extend his grace, under his own rules.
I hate to give credence to Godwin’s Law, but here it is in operation:
In Hitler’s case, we have no idea if he is in Hell. We have no idea of his state of repentance in his final moments; we only know that the extent of God’s forgiveness is vast.
We have no right to condemn anyone to hell, and none whatsoever to assume that any soul is in hell.
And I do not believe the old get-out of “whatever you bind…whatever you loose” holds in this case.