‘No hell’ and other things the Pope did, didn’t say

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Monday, July 7, 2014

“The Church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God.”
--A quote attributed to Pope Francis

AS EARLY as last February, Pope Francis's supposed statement about there being no literal hell was quickly squelched when Erik Thorson admitted he wrote it in his website "Diversity Chronicle" "for my own personal amusement."

And other things Pope Francis probably didn't say, such as: he'll convene a Third Vatican Council and he deems the Adam and Eve story as just a fable.


Why are people misled about papal quotes that may be as bogus as Janet Napoles's NGOs?

They fit into the pope's character: a propensity to speak out boldly on beliefs and practices of church and clergy.

Some things though he'd say one day but Vatican would clarify the next, like when he
said atheists can go to heaven too. No, Vatican didn't correct his quote about priests riding in BMWs and other luxury cars.

Many people don't bother to check source or can't distinguish legitimate fact from dubious information. Worse in the internet, where absence of gate-keeping and accountability encourages hoaxes.


Last weekend, a Cebu businessman heatedly defended misbehavior, saying "anyway, there's no hell, the pope says so."

"National Catholic Reporter" urges media consumers to verify. But few people bother to check official sources and Vatican itself doesn't deny or clarify categorically.

By the way, it says here Pope Francis said he's pro-gay and favors same-sex unions. Shucks, he didn't?


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 08, 2014.


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