[quote="Ben_Sinner, post:1, topic:225073"]
I have a hard time understanding why so many of these go to hell. I've read quotes by the likes of St. John Cyrstodom (sp), St. Jerome, St. Catherine of Cienna, etc.
How can a person who dedicated their life to God like that and who live in a deep life of prayer seperated from the rest of the world commit an unrepented mortal sin?
Do they do it to look "holy" to everyone else? Do they do it to gain power? Do they join and then realize they are way over their head? I don't understand how someone could dedicate and study their whole life to knowing the truth about God and make an attempt to get close to them....but commit mortals sin with no remorse. It doesn't make sense
Why do so many go to hell?
Not that anyone on earth can conclusively say anyone goes to hell. But the saints point I think is what Spider-man made popular, "with great power comes great responsibility." A preist or religious is an elder in the faith. The lay would follow them, it is so easy for them to mislead laypeople. Take for example some liberal priests today who agree with the idea of ordaining women. There may be people in the pews who don't have a strong opinion on this that may be swayed by the priest's words. If I said the same thing, its not as dangerous because I don't hold the same influence on any number of people. Even a sister or brother, nun or monk, would have more influence in the theological and moral beliefs of people. So they are burdened with such responsibility. A lay person believing in women's ordination may just be poorly catechized and can be corrected by catechisis or direction from a priest or religious.