Vatican City — The Vatican mentioned feedback attributed to Pope Francis denying the existence of hell are a product of an Italian journalist’s “reconstruction” of the pope’s remarks and never a devoted transcript of the pope’s actual phrases.
Eugenio Scalfari, a co-founder and former editor of La Repubblica, an Italian each day, mentioned Francis — with whom he has had a number of phone conversations and face-to-face conferences — invited him to his residence March 27.
During their dialog, Scalfari, 93, an avowed atheist, claims the pope mentioned that whereas the souls of repentant sinners “receive the forgiveness of God and go among the line of souls who contemplate him, the souls of those who are unrepentant, and thus cannot be forgiven, disappear.”
“Hell does not exist, the disappearance of sinful souls exists,” Scalfari claims the pope mentioned within the interview printed March 29.
The Italian journalist has defined on a couple of event that he doesn’t take notes or document his conversations with the pope; he re-creates them afterward from reminiscence, together with the fabric he places in citation marks.
The Vatican issued a press release quickly after the article was printed, saying the pope did obtain Scalfari “in a private meeting” to alternate Easter greetings, however he didn’t “give him an interview.”
Regarding the alleged phrases of the pope, which have been additionally printed in an identical article written by the journalist in 2014, the Vatican mentioned Scalfari’s article “is a product of his own reconstruction in which the actual words pronounced by the pope are not cited.”
“No quotes of the aforementioned article should therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the Holy Father’s words,” the Vatican mentioned.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “immediately after death, the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire.'”
“The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs,” the catechism says.
The alleged quotes ascribed to Francis straight contradict the numerous public remarks he has made in homilies and speeches confirming the existence of hell.
Meeting a gaggle of youngsters and youths throughout a Rome parish go to March eight, 2015, a feminine Scout requested the pope, “If God forgives everybody, why does hell exist?”
The pope praised the query, saying it was “very important” in addition to “a good and difficult question.”
The pope assured the kids that God is good however reminded them that there was additionally a “very proud angel, very proud, very intelligent, and he was envious of God. Do you understand? He was envious of God. He wanted God’s place. And God wanted to forgive him, but he said, ‘I don’t need your forgiveness. I am good enough!'”
“This is hell: It is telling God, ‘You take care of yourself because I’ll take care of myself.’ They don’t send you to hell, you go there because you choose to be there. Hell is wanting to be distant from God because I do not want God’s love. This is hell. Do you understand?”
On different events, the pope has described hell because the vacation spot for individuals who select to proceed to sin and do evil.
Speaking to households of victims of the Mafia March 21, 2014, the pope made an enchantment to all women and men within the Mafia to cease, flip their lives round and convert.
“Convert, there is still time for not ending up in hell. It is what is waiting for you if you continue on this path,” the pope mentioned.