Religion: Words & Works

¶ In a message to the Union of Italian Catholic Jurists, Pope Pius XII reminded the lawyers that however hard it may be even for theologians to believe it, eternal punishment is a dogmatic fact. "Revelation and the teaching authority of the Church clearly establish that after the end of this earthly life, those who are burdened with grave guilt will receive from the Most High God a judgment and an execution of penalty from which there is no liberation or condonation. God could, in the next life, also remit such a punishment; everything depends on His free will; but He...

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