Some truths are hard to face. Who wants to hear about
exterior darkness, and the weeping and gnashing of teeth? Hell, however, is a
reality that we ought to hear about for the sake of our souls, and Jesus
often speaks about it, as did the great saints and preachers like St. John
In a truly amazing reversal that has occurred since
Vatican II, Catholics (and others) now believe in the doctrine of Universal
Salvation. Everyone is saved; no one goes to hell. If you don’t believe this has
happened, just go to the typical Novus Ordo funeral. There the deceased
are canonized on the spot, and declared to be enjoying heavenly bliss in
God’s presence. And heaven forbid that there should be any mention of
hell or purgatory.
I quote the words of Fr. Robert D. Smith, now
deceased: "All heresy, from Gnosticism in the first century to Arianism in the
fourth; from Islam in the seventh to Lutheranism in the sixteenth, boils down to
the notion that at least some people are so loved by God that they do not have
to repent of sins against the Commandments to be saved. Some people do not have
to repent at all. And this notion is all too likely to lead to the logical
conclusion that, after all, everyone who has ever lived must be saved. This is
the final state of heresy… belief in universal salvation. Universalism. Today,
this belief in universal salvation seems to be itself universal" ("A Heaven
Which Makes No Sense," from The Other Side of Christ, Issue 25).
Whom can we blame for this? We can blame in part the
documents of Vatican II, as well as other documents issued by the Vatican. Take,
for instance, the document for Mission Sunday, October 20, 2002, Mission is
Proclamation of Forgiveness, in which John Paul II declared that we
were all on our way to our "common Homeland," following different paths, it is
true (the various religions), but destined to end up in the same place—our
"common Homeland." That very ecumenical document pretended to speak of
evangelization, but failed to mention the necessity of Baptism.
Now hear this! John Paul II, who now openly uses the term
universalism, has expressed the opinion that hell is only for the devil
and his fallen angels, and that no human being goes there. In fact, he was
teaching this heresy even before he was declared to be pope by a den of Masonic
Cardinals and infiltrators at the conclave in 1978, after the suspicious and
untimely death of John Paul I. As Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, he gave
a retreat to the papal curia under Paul VI. His retreat conferences were
afterwards published in a book called The Sign of Contradiction. A
careful study of these conferences as well as of his encyclicals, such as
Redemptor Hominis, brings to light his universalist convictions.
Now we know! What did Fr. Smith say? "This is the final
state of heresy… belief in universal salvation." Conclusion: Karol Wojtyla +
Universalism ¹ Pope. (Karol Wojtyla, plus Universalism,
does not equal "Pope"). According to the decree of Pope Paul IV: "... if
at any time it will be found that some bishop … conducting himself as an
archbishop or patriarch … or …cardinal … or even a Roman Pontiff, before his
promotion or assumption as cardinal or as Roman Pontiff, had deviated from the
Catholic Faith or fallen into some heresy, … that promotion or assumption
concerning him, even if made in concord and from the unanimous assent of all the
cardinals, is null, void and worthless; [regardless of] the reception of
consecration, … the ensuing possession of the office and administration, … the
enthronement or homage of the Roman Pontiff, or the obedience given to him by
all …" (Pope Paul IV, Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio, 15 March, 1559).
But many traditionalists are still unable to face the
truth about "the emperor’s new suit of clothes." To them John Paul must
be the pope, so they protect him by blaming all the abominations on his curial
assistants like Cardinals Sodano and Ratzinger.
As for the existence of hell, nothing is more clearly
taught in the Gospels. St. John Chrysostom used to say that Jesus preached more
often on hell than on any other subject. We have a clear reference to hell in
today’s Gospel in which Jesus speaks of darkness outside, and weeping and
gnashing of teeth (Mt.8:12). In His description of the Last Judgment in which
the sheep are separated from the "goats," the Just Judge pronounces over those
unrepentant sinners: "Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the everlasting
fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels" (Mt.25:41).
Sr. Lucia of Fatima tells of the terrifying vision of
hell which the Blessed Virgin showed her and her two cousins,
Jacinta and Francisco, after which Our Lady declared: "You have
just seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go." They had seen the bodies of
the damned being tossed helplessly in the flames. Rome has approved Fatima, and
Jacinta and Francisco have been rushed through John Paul’s new "fast track"
canonization process, perhaps to mollify those annoying devotees of Fatima.
Ah, but the Vatican officials have covered their tracks.
So that they will not be caught up by the contradiction between current church
universalist teachings and Our Lady’s words at Fatima about hell, they are now
saying that Sr. Lucia is a pious old nun with an overactive imagination, who has
been influenced in her reporting of the Fatima events by her spiritual reading.
(Read the book, The Devil’s Final Battle, ed. Fr. Paul
What happens if the Church no longer preaches hell and the
people no longer fear it? This, for one! Pleasure and convenience are now more
important than accepting the responsibilities of parenthood. The now almost
universal acceptance of contraception, as well as the horrors of abortion, have
resulted in the catastrophic plunge of the birth rate in most countries of the
West. Italy is only one example. A friend told me that shortly before the birth
of one of her children she and her husband were in Rome, where all eyes seemed
to be focused on her in her obvious condition. Perhaps it was guilt. Children
are a rare sight in Rome. The Italians will pay the price when in their
declining years there will be no one to take care of them but the Muslims. Much
the same can be said about Germany, France and England, with Canada and the
United States not far behind. God’s judgment is coming, and it will be
It is most important to preach about Heaven, but preaching
about hell must not be neglected. Many of the saints, besides desiring eternal
life in Heaven, found meditating on hell to be a most salutary experience. Most
human beings, unless they are confronted with the possibility of going to hell,
will do little or nothing to avoid it, especially if they think everybody is
going to have a free ride to their "common Homeland," probably not the place
they were expecting. There are millions now teetering on the brink of hell
because the contemporary church no longer preaches it, or even believes in it.
"Many souls go to hell," says Our Lady, "because there is no one to pray or to
make sacrifices for them." Filled with pity, the young Fatima visionaries led
heroic lives of prayer and sacrifice to save sinners from hell. How can we not
follow their example?
Our pleadings to our Mother Mary in these times of trial
must be all the more earnest:
"Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Hail, our life, our sweetness, and our
hope! To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up
our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears…"
And, of course, the Fatima prayer with the Rosary:
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy