[quote=“cctang”]The battle continues.
Later news articles confirm these bishops + cardinals have been excommunicated from the church.
It’s always amusing to me when representatives of the Catholic Church (like Joseph Zen) complain about democracy and religious rights. First of all, no Catholic priest has ever been popularly elected. Second of all, any Catholic who doesn’t follow its doctrine precisely is condemned to Hell.
The fact that we don’t believe being excommunicated really equals eternal damnation is irrelevant. Observant Catholics actually do believe they’re eternally damned if they don’t obey the Pope’s every verdict. That’s freedom for you.[/quote]
Not true. I’m an observant Catholic who went to Catholic school for twelve years and attends Mass every Sunday here in Taiwan.
What the Catholic Church teaches is that only God knows and decides who’s worthy to enter heaven and the key is seeking forgiveness from Him and rejecting evil.
For example, the good thief who died with Jesus during the crucifixation most likely broke most of the (eternal) teachings of the Catholic Church during his life but a simple act of faith and repentance was enough to save him.
Some Catholic theologians posit that it’s actually a person himself or herself who in essence condemns themselves to hell by rejecting all redemption and deliberately embracing evil. Think of Zacarias Moussaoui’s performance in his just-concluded trial for example. During life, they hate God and everything He represents and that hatred and revulsion carries over into the afterlife at the moment of death, only magnified many fold. If you reject God, there’s only one alternative and that’s hell.