According to an aging Italian journalist — so take it with a grain of salt – Pope Francis has declared that there is no hell. The Vatican has denied that he said that, exactly. Apparently, the Vatican says he has been misquoted. Hard to believe that any Italian would misquote the Pope, but there it is.
Not being a Catholic, or particularly religious, I must nevertheless admit that the Pope’s declaration is a bit of a relief. I’ve been spending the evening listening to Beatles music, downing Lite beers, and trying to follow the Cavs game, and my understanding of Catholic theology is that my actions have probably involve a number of sins. Like sloth, for example, or gluttony because I’ve downed a few brewskis, or maybe envy too because I’m a Cleveland sports fan and, well, envy is about all we’ve got to go on.
I’m not saying that I thought I was going to hell because I’ve downed a few beers, but it’s nice to have some reassurance from the Ultimate Authority on that front. But having quaffed a few beers I wonder: If you’re Catholic and you don’t have to worry about going to a fiery hell, doesn’t that cause you to revisit the very basic tenets of your faith?