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Why would that very nice priest go to hell? January 11, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, North Deanery, priests, religious, sadness, Tradition.

Fr. George David Byers asks, and answers, the question.  But first, he gives a pretty good refutation of the von Balthasar/Fr. Barron premise that essentially no one goes to hell:

Universal salvation is a heresy asserted by those who, apparently, have never even once read the Gospel. Cardinal Hans Urs von Balthasar (///Adrienne von Speyr) did not want people to assert this. But he is their hero for claiming there is no hell should one hope that all men be saved. We know that all are redeemed, and since we don’t know who will or will not be saved, we are in anguish that all men be saved, though we know that not all will, in fact, be saved.

I’m no follower of the extremely imprecise terminology used so very ambiguously by his Eminence. He gets the title, even if not the red hat.

Let’s use some clear terminology, shall we, my fellow priests and bishops, lest we lead our flock to hell, as if it were thought anyone could do anything, as if there were no hell? Let’s just take one chapter of Matthew:

  • “Lord! Lord! Open up [the gates of heaven] for us!” But, having answered, He said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I do not know you” (Matthew 25,11-12). [The most frightening words than one would ever hear.]
  • Throw this worthless slave out, into the outside-darkness. [Can’t be more cast out and inescapably enveloped in eternal darkness than that, can one?] There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25,30). [This comes about with frustration, eternal frustration, no?]
  • “And all the nations will be gathered together before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25,32). [No purgatory after that. Just heaven or hell.]
  • “Amen I say to you, inasmuch as you did it not to one of these least ones, you did it not to me, and these will depart into eternal punishment” (Matthew 25,45-46). [And it all comes crashing home.]

All these are parables and therefore false, or just a warning, right? Wrong.

The first two are from parables, but parables reflect reality, don’t they? Our Lord is not an idiot, is He?

The last two are not from a parable, but from a description of how things will, in fact, be, at the last judgment. To say this is untrue or just a warning is to call our Lord a liar. But it is Satan who is the father of lies, no?

To answer the original question – why would Fr. So and So, who is sooo nice and almost never, if ever, makes anyone feel bad, go to hell?

He would go to hell most likely for being so very nice instead of being charitable in all truth. An exam of conscience is in order. One of these days I’ll have to publish a more comprehensive list.

  • Did I lead people astray in the confessional or in answers to questions outside the confessional, telling them that such and such grave sin was no sin at all, just to be nice? Did I offer them “internal forum solutions” when these are not solutions at all, and only keep people in their sin? Did I absolve them even though they did not at all want to repent and try to change their lives with the grace of our Lord? Did I neglect offering the sacrament of reconciliation?

Wow.  Especially that last one.  Fr. Byers is a modern day hermit with the special intention of offering prayers and sacrifices for the sanctification of his brother priests.  That is a beautiful apostolate, sorely needed today.  We should all offer prayers for our priests.  They have giant targets painted on their backs and are satan’s favorite targets, for if  you strike at the shepherd, you scatter the flock.  Tragically, many flocks have been scattered.  Even more, priests will have to account for souls in their charge, as fathers and mothers will, and bishops, and catechists, and many others.

Pray for Fr. Byers, too, that he may remain constant in his apostolate!


1. Jonathan - January 12, 2012

Jesus also said that it would have been better for Judas had he not been born. At least one person is in hell!

2. Mary - January 13, 2012

why oh why?? Why should we try hard to be good, to make an honest living, to go to Mass daily or at least weekly, to teach our children faith and morals, and live contrary to society, if, IF, we believed that nobody goes to hell??? Why do we honor saints, why even have saints (who are encouragement that great sinners can convert and live very holy lives)?? Why have priests and bishops and a pope at all? Why all this?

When you put the thought (of no hell) on paper, it doesn’t make any sense at all.

A priest (who believes in universal salvation) is leading himself and others straight to the hell that he doesn’t WANT to believe in.

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