I have heard that it is unconventional but permissible, from a Catholic standpoint, to believe in universal reconciliation – that God is working toward the ultimate reconciliation of all things to God in Christ. I have heard someone say, “I believe in hell, but I do not believe that there is anyone in it” (or something like that).
I do not want to start a debate with those who think this notion is bogus. What I am interested in is whether it is acceptable for a Catholic to believe this. Please include any relevant Church documents in your reply, if possible.
(I asked about this in the “Ask an Apologist” forum a few weeks ago, but it apparently was not high enough on the priority list to be worth an answer, given how busy the resident volunteers are who graciously offer their time.)