On this day in 2005:
- Red-Headed Stepchild nominated "Ralph Fiennes' Amon Goeth in Schindler's List" as the most evil character in any movie. (But I think this was topped by Erik Russell's response the next day.)
- And everybody's favorite spiritually significant movie - Constantine - inspired SDG to talk about Catholic understanding of hell (which I found very surprising and intriguing):
Catholic tradition certainly does not insist on any understanding of the nature (or location) of hell. St. Augustine: "It is my opinion that the nature of hell-fire and the location of hell are known to no man unless the Holy Ghost made it known to him by a special revelation", (City of God, XX, xvi). Pope St. Gregory the Great: "I do not dare to decide this question. Some thought hell is somewhere on earth; others believe it is under the earth" (Dialogues, IV, xlii).
In the words of John Paul II: "The images of hell that Sacred Scripture presents to us must be correctly interpreted. They show the complete frustration and emptiness of life without God. Rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy. This is how the Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes the truths of faith on this subject: 'To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God's merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called "hell"'" (Wednesday Audience, August 4, 1999).
Edited by Overstreet, 25 February 2010 - 01:16 PM.