Thank you Annie and I agree.
I am aware of what the Catholic Church teaches regarding forgiveness.
A General comment -
I know, as a Catholic that we are to confess any mortal sins to a Catholic priest (if able)…
Jeffery Dahmer was an adult living in modern America, so it is reasonable to believe that he knew that, there was a Catholic Church. It is also reasonable to believe that during his lifetime that he heard and thereby became aware of Catholic truths.
Moreover, I believe that it is reasonable to believe that most adults living in modern America, know that Catholics must confess their sins to a Catholic priests…a Catholic truth.
Jeffrey Dahmer did not convert to Catholicism, nor did he confess his mortal sins to a Catholic priest before his death.
Not attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is a mortal sin.
Catholics, regardless of how virtuous their life may have been, prior to committing any mortal sin, need go to confession (if able) before their death?
The Catholic Church teaches that we are judged by our “works”, good and bad.
Catholics, who miss one Mass, on a Holy Day (when able to go) might not go to heaven if they do not confess this mortal sin to a Catholic priest (if able.)
Catholics believe that we are judge by all of our “works”, good and evil. Catholics do not believe in “once saved always saved”. Catholics do not believe in predestination…
“I personally, do not believe that evil people go to heaven…but only God knows.”
This belief is not contrary to Catholic teachings.
I personally believe that, based on Catholic teachings that it is highly unlikely that Jeffrey Dahmer went to Heaven. I personally think that Jeffery Dahmer, Richard Ramirez, Adolf Hitler and other horrible people like them, are all in Hell and I find this belief comforting.
We are not required to assume that someone has been forgiven. However, we are told what types of sin are considered; mortal sins and we are required to avoid those sins.
Why would it be ok to form an opinion regarding a person who is still alive; as being evil and to use that opinion to avoid that person but not ok to believe that people who have committed horrific sins, were evil at the moment of their death?
I find it Ironic that people will come to the “defense” of people like Jeffrey Dahmer and imply that it is somehow wrong to form any opinion about him…Yet, some of these same people will assert that people who do not share their same religious beliefs, will go to hell if they don’t convert.
If Jeffrey Dahmer was still alive, it would be irresponsible to say to a child that, what he (Jeffrey Dahmer) did was wrong but… that does not mean that he is going to Hell.
All religions teach… that if you do this…or fail to do that… you will go to Hell. Yet, when the person who has done those things, dies, some tell people, it is possible that he is in heaven and that it is wrong to judge that person.
Where is the incentive to live a virtuous life? The Jeffrey Dahmers of this world, should be held up as an example of how, not to live our lives, just as they would have been in ancient times.
There is nothing wrong with identifying evil.