Over in “Ask an Apologist,” Peggy Frye writes…
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.”
God bless you!
I feel compelled to add, however, that I am not yet comfortable with rejecting the proposition of Cardinal Hans Urs von Balthazar that it is possible that Hell will be EMPTY at the end of time.
The logic of Cardinal von Balthazar’s opinion is this: Will the bloody sacrifice of the New Testament Adam, Christ, be less potent than the evil wrought by the sin of Adam?
To put it another way, Wouldn’t Christ be clever enough to effectively confront ALL of the manifestations of evil?
I do not yet ascribe to von Balthazar’s thesis, but I am still hestitant to reject it.