This Easter, the Pope presided over Good Friday services amid fallen plaster and a controversy over hell. The controversy erupted when a report came out claiming the Pope had denied the existence of said place. The same day the report came out on Thursday the 29th March 2018, chunks of plaster fell off the ceiling at St. Peter’s Basilica.
The plaster landed near Michelangelo’s famed Pieta statue, which depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion.
The Vatican is scrambling to deny the Pope’s words – but the timing sure is interesting.
According to LifeSite News, Italian journalist Scalfari asked the pontiff, “Your Holiness, in our previous meeting you told me that our species will at some point disappear and God will always create other species from His creative seed. You have never spoken to me of souls who have died in sin and go to Hell to suffer for it forever. Instead, you have spoken to me of good souls who are admitted to the contemplation of God. But the bad souls? Where are they punished?”
Francis allegedly responded, “They are not punished, those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and join the ranks of souls who contemplate Him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. Hell does not exist; the disappearance of sinful souls exists.”
Scalfari and Francis have engaged in multiple dialogues in the past. This is not the first time Scalfari’s interpretation of the pope’s words were disputed by the Vatican.
Source: Christian Post Plaster Falls From St. Peter’s Basilica After Claims of Pope Saying ‘Hell Doesn’t Exist’
What do you think? My own thoughts are that if the Pope, the head of 1.2 billion Catholics, did say it – then God would hit the roof. If hell did not exist, then there would have been no need for the Cross or Easter. And although I don’t recognise the Pope’s position as the “Vicar of Christ” – there would have been no need for him either.
Plaster falls in St Peter’s, no one hurt
Vatican scrambles after pope appears to deny existence of hell