Apologies if this has been asked before. Did a quick search and didn’t find what I was looking for immediately.
My question is essentially about what Hell is. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “The chief punishment of Hell is eternal separation from God” (CCC 1035). The Eastern Orthodox position seems to be that the fire of Hell is actually the love of God; that it “burns” those who have rejected God’s love. I was under the impression that Hell was the total absence of God, but I also think the Orthodox position makes sense and is interesting. I don’t think separation from God means total absence of God; rather, since God exists everywhere, separation could simply mean being out of communion. Are the two views (the one from the CCC and the EO position) mutually exclusive, or may I as a Roman Catholic believe, like the Eastern Orthodox do, that the fires of Hell are the unrequited love of God?