U.S. Cardinal: Pope’s ‘No Hell’ Comments a ‘Profound Scandal’

(Michael W. Chapman – CNSNews)  Commenting on the worldwide reaction to Pope Francis’ interview with his longtime atheist friend, Eugenio Scalfari, in which the latter claimed the Pope said there is no Hell and that the souls of the damned are not eternal, Cardinal Burke, an American who serves on the Vatican’s highest court, said the situation was “beyond tolerable” and “a source of profound scandal.”

Cardinal Burke also criticized the Vatican’s response to the scandal as “strongly inadequate” because the Vatican did not say Pope Francis rejcts these “heretical ideas.”

Cardinal Burke, the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, made his remarks in an Apr. 4 interview with La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, portions of which were translated and published in the Catholic Herald.

“What happened with the latest interview given to Eugenio Scalfari during Holy Week and made public on Holy Thursday was beyond tolerable,” said Cardinal Burke.

“That a famous atheist claims to announce a revolution in the teaching of the Catholic Church, believing to speak in the name of the Pope, denying the immortality of the human soul and the existence of Hell, has been a source of profound scandal not only for many Catholics but also for many lay people who respect the Catholic Church and its teachings, even if they do not share them,” said the cardinal, as reported in the Catholic Herald.

The Pope’s reported remarks made worldwide headlines. In response to the scandal, the Vatican issued a statement on Good Friday. It said, in part, “What is reported by the author [Scalfari] in today’s article [in La Repubblica] is the result of his reconstruction, in which the textual words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”

Cardinal Burke described that response as “strongly inadequate.”  View article →

Source: U.S. Cardinal: Pope’s ‘No Hell’ Comments a ‘Profound Scandal’

5 thoughts on “U.S. Cardinal: Pope’s ‘No Hell’ Comments a ‘Profound Scandal’

  1. Jonathan Sands Tucker

    Notice that the Vatican refused to reply to this charge openly by saying what exactly the pope believes about hell. This is the proof always of deception, the failure to engage, that slippery, evasive quality of the serpent. “You brood of vipers!” I can hear John the Baptist say to the Modern Pharisees, the Pope and the Cardinals who follow their leader without any reflection and conviction of their own. Christ speaks of a hell that is the experience of separation eternal separation from God, not an eternal torment as the church always taught, and now the pope changes gears, and why? Because it is more popular to be known as the church that teaches there is no judgment even in a temporary hell of realizing we are lost, so that they can get more converts.

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      1. Jonathan Sands Tucker

        As you can see, the Cardinal Burke is not scandalized enough to take the pope to task under the discipline of the Word to prove that both views are wrong: The soul that sins shall die, not roast forever, we read Ezekiel say, but there is a fire for the wicked, which Burke properly avows. They are content to let Catholics be suspended between two heresies, that of eternal torment as they did all along, to the demonizing of God as Satanic in sadistic insanity of perpetual torture of his rebellious subjects, and the equally groundless, fabulous notion that there are no wages for sin in death, there is no judgment of the wicked, so let us eat and drink and be merry and confess to the priest in the morning…

  2. Jonathan Sands Tucker

    Notice that the Vatican refused to reply to this charge openly by saying what exactly the pope believes about hell. This is the proof always of deception, the failure to engage, that slippery, evasive quality of the serpent. “You brood of vipers!” I can hear John the Baptist say to the Modern Pharisees, the Pope and the Cardinals who follow their leader without any reflection and conviction of their own. Christ speaks of a hell that is the experience of separation eternal separation from God, not an eternal torment as the church always taught, and now the pope changes gears, and why? Because it is more popular to be known as the church that teaches there is no judgment even in a temporary hell of realizing we are lost, so that they can get more converts.

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