Father Robert Barron of Word on Fire recently uttered some very misguided statements about the reality of hell and damnation. Basically he stated that we could harbor "a pious hope that no one is in hell". Not true. Our Lord Himself made clear that some would be damned by their own choices. Our Lady of Fatima showed the three children visions of hell and the damned suffering therein. I'd go so far as to say that Father Barron's claims are dissident and maybe even heretical.
In his Vortexes of the past few days, Michael Voris debunks such ridiculous and dangerous notions that hell can be dismissed. I'd suspect Satan would be overjoyed if more people ceased believing in hell. That way, they'd be more careless about staying free from sin. I recall a story about the Venerable Bishop Fulton Sheen. A woman imperiously stated to him that she didn't believe in hell. He immediately replied, "Madam, you will when you arrive there."
Today is All Saints' Day; it is also the beginning of the month that the Church has traditionally set aside to ponder death. Let us ponder too the Last Four Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. Every one of us will undergo the first two, and only one of the latter two. We'll be in either of these states depending on our obedience to God and His Church. Now the videos, below the jump break.
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