The Heresy of Hell as Self-Inflicted
The brouhaha that erupted last month over the latest Scalfari interview with Pope Francis concerned whether the Holy Father really believes in the existence of hell. The Vatican press office was quick to deny Scalfari’s claim. Yet the controversy overshadowed only briefly a more contentious and longstanding debate in theological circles over eternal punishment.
Since Pope Francis’s October 11, 2017 remarks on capital punishment the Catholic blogosphere has seen a flurry of articles either defending or opposing the traditional teaching of the Church that the death penalty is sometimes licit. One of the ablest defenders of that traditional teaching has been Dr.