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← The fires of Hell are real and eternal, Pope warns

apaeter's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by apaeter

I don't understand that article. I know this issue has been brought up, but I'm still confused. The author, in the headline and first couple of paragraphs, tells me that the pope wants to remind everybody that hell is real and not 'only' symbolic, but then he quotes the cleric as saying "He had wanted to reinforce the new Catholic catechism, which holds that Hell is a “state of eternal separation from God”, to be understood “symbolically rather than physically”."

I know that the Catholic church is inherently contradictory, but that's just horrible writing on the article's author's part. This might be the least helpful news item I've read in a while. :)

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:57:00 UTC | #443117