Is eternal suffering of the damned an article of faith?


#1

Is it an article of faith that Catholics must believe, or are we free to believe that there is somehow an end to their suffering?


#2

The teaching that the punishment of Hell lasts for all eternity is a dogma of the Catholic faith. Catholics must believe it by faith.

Excerpt from Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Dr. Ludwig Ott:

The punishment of Hell lasts for all eternity. (De fide.)

"The Caput Firmiter of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) declares: “Those (the rejected) will receive a perpetual punishment with the devil.”

Further reading:

Hell

List of dogmas

God bless you!


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