Hell is Real, Pope Benedict Says

So according to the Times of London:

Hell is a place where sinners really do burn in an everlasting fire, and not just a religious symbol designed to galvanise the faithful, the Pope has said.

Addressing a parish gathering in a northern suburb of Rome, Benedict XVI said that in the modern world many people, including some believers, had forgotten that if they failed to “admit blame and promise to sin no more”, they risked “eternal damnation — the Inferno”.

Hell “really exists and is eternal, even if nobody talks about it much any more”, he said.

I guess that settles that.

But is it impious to ask how, exactly, Pope Benedict knows whereof he speaks?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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6 Responses to Hell is Real, Pope Benedict Says

  1. I guess that settles what, santita?

    Has Benny actually looked you in the eye and told you not to search Scripture yourself?

  2. andrewclunn says:

    It’s Catholicism, where the only thing more infallible than God is the Pope.

  3. santitafarella says:


    You lost me. How would, say, a passage from the Gospel of Matthew settle the issue? My question would be the same to Matthew as to the Pope: How do you know whereof you wrote?


  4. There is description of hell as a place in the Bible, but it was made, it is not eternal. Eternal would mean it had no beginning. Slap on a lot errant hell-fire preaching and one can easily despair.

    Apparently Benny has had quite a dose of it.

  5. Bernard Weir says:

    If hell is a reality then god is evil. He has created this evil Satan to play with us. He is allows him to Tempt us into sin and then go running to god to denounce us and as a reward god gives us to this sadistic monster to torture us forever. Surely the fear of hell is motivates Christians rather than Love of God.

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