Hi everyone, just curious for some thoughts. I was surfing posts about Hell on the forum and thinking about the topic. Does anybody else think that the Magisterium has a little more guidance to provide as to the reality and possible destination of souls in Hell? It seems that Catholics can’t really give an agreeing answer when people come asking about Hell.
I mean… what do we know? Christ spoke of its existence. He said some people will go there. Wide is the road that leads to it. “Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Sallus” becomes a dogma in the Church. The Church uses this dogma as a guide to point the way to Heaven. The Church mostly interprets it literally for a few thousand years, then reanalyzes the dogma when the Americas are discovered (someone can fact check me on that). In Vatican II salvation to God and from Hell is fleshed out. God will not condemn someone to Hell who genuinely does not know that God desires them to physically be in His Holy Catholic Church. Catechism reiterates. That’s really it.
Catholics then disagree on minor points when it comes to this. Some say:
“It doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or not, just be a good person.”
“Nobody can go to Hell because who would deny what they don’t know?”
“What loving God would send someone to Hell and deny His presence with them for eternity?”
and then there is the Feenyite Catholic (who I happen to know some) who say:
“Only a valid Catholic in good standing with the Holy See can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (which correct me if I am wrong, but the feenyite position has not been condemned as an outright heresy).
So… does the Catholic Church need to understand the parameters a little more on this issue for the sake of clarity (and maybe for the sake of the salvation of souls)?