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Cardinal Pell “Changed” His Views On Hell

Cardinal George Pell told FirstThings.com (November 15) that he used to struggle to reconcile God's love with eternal punishment.

For decades, he believed that nearly everyone would be saved, very few would go to hell, and many would need purification in purgatory, although he knew that the Doctors of the Church taught that a majority of the human race is damned.

The cardinal was also aware of Christ's warning in Luke 13:24, “Try your hardest to enter by the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.”

He "changed" his views when told by an American bishop that Christ's crucifixion and the priestly activity would be useless, if there were no eternal punishment.

Now, Pell says that he was a “sheltered sentimentalist” who ignored the terrible suffering caused by sin, and underestimated "the obduracy of the human will.”

He believes that not taking seriously the fact that Christ will judge everyone on the last day is "at the heart of the crisis of faith and morals.”

Picture: George Pell, © Mazur, CC BY-NC-SA, #newsAqnuljqrzn

Scapular
The sad thing he is considered one of the better Cardinals what are the rest thinking. Every man for himself I am afraid.
john333
Why did you become Priest in the first place?
Why would anybody want to be Catholic with all it rules?
Why give up married life?
But if some one is homsexual what great place to hang out?
I like Pell but I'm scratching my head
Scapular
Dear Cardinal but what about Fatima fatima.org/…3/The-True-Story-of-Fatima.pdf
Ratsmea
What ordinary people with common sense said about Hell: nation has jail so does kingdom of God.
P. O'B
Nice to see a cardinal figure things out, things that he should have known ages ago.