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  1. Good to know. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous11:05 PM

    Please consider the heretical falsehood published on page 700, describing Hell by the author:

    "Hell, not as a place of great torments but as an infinitely long day of dimness and sombre boredom"

    Now consider the truth about Hell by a Saintly Doctor, St. Alphonsus de Liguori:

    “On the contrary, whoever enters into Hell will be for ever far from God; he will be ever suffering in the fire
    among the damned.
    Let us not think that the pains of hell will be like those of earth, where, by the effect of habit, a pain grows less; for, as in paradise, the delights will never cease weariness, but seem ever new, as though they were for the first time enjoyed (which is implied by the expression of ‘the new canticle,’ which the blessed are ever singing); so, on the contrary, in hell, the pains never grow less through all eternity; habit will never diminish their torment. The miserable beings who are damned will feel the same agony through all eternity, which they felt in the first moment they experienced the pains of hell.”

    (St. Alphonsus de Liguori, St. Alphonsus' Devout Reflections, Burns & Oates, 1901, p. 76)

    And from another Saint:

    “Just as God preserves the Saints in Heaven to delight them with new pleasures, so He will preserve the damned in Hell, to always torment them with new sufferings .... [He] will continue to show wrath towards [them] ... and will never cease hating [them] ... for all eternity.”
    (St. Antony Mary Claret (Bishop, 1807-70) “The Golden Key of Heaven” (Immaculate Heart Publications, published about 2000, p. 76)

    And we should know that the Saints dont invent such notions but simply repeat what good God has revealed - hence the truth and an article of Faith:

    “And the smoke of their torments, shall ascend up for ever and ever: neither have they rest day nor night” - Apocalypse 14:11

    So much for “sombre boredom” for those in hell: and “Hell, not a place of great torments”

    It is a great scandal that the SSPX support/propagate this falsehood.

    O yes, you may say it is not SSPX but the book! But it is a truth of our true Catholic Roman Faith that those
    who co-operate in sin are also guilty of the same sin.
    Please study the Catholic Roman Faith, the one and only Faith which comes from God and fight the fact of
    the truth foretold by Our Lady at La Salette, that the Holy Religion of God will be forgotten.
    By fight the fact, I do not mean to deny Our Lady's prophecy, but to try help Catholics know the truth.

    Think on it and do, as God via St. James warns (1:23-24):

    "For if a man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own
    countenance in a glass. For he beheld himself, and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was."

    Best wishes -

  3. I thought everybody already know this years ago.

    Great read and a good place to copy/paste.

  4. Anonymous12:18 AM

    I've been reading this book in hard copy for the last two months. It just keeps getting better and better.

  5. I read this when I was in college seminary and it was a big eye-opener and turning point for me. It's wonderful that these chapters are online

    As a side note, Anon Jul 5 at 23:05 - your rant is far too long and like most readers I didn't even go past the first couple of paragraphs before I dismissed you as another problematic traddy fanatic. Please be succinct in your craziness.

  6. rodrigo2:06 AM

    The anonymous poster who has accused Romano Amerio of heresy would do well

    a) to understand the difference between a saint's meditation on Hell and the dogmatic truths about Hell which must be affirmed by ever Catholic author;
    b) to read the text of what Prof. Amerio actually wrote.

    The Italian has

    "La condizione dei dannati, se si può rischiare una metafora, deve assomigliare meno a un parossismo che a una giornata infinita di oscuro e tetro tedio."

    Thus, as Amerio says explicitly, this is a question of metaphor - and what Amerio suggests is that, rather than imagining Hell in terms of paroxysm, one might better see its true nature in thinking of it as "an infinite day of dark and gloomy boredom". Whatever the value of the metaphor (and it is only presented tentatively), Amerio is far from denying the pains of Hell: we find the pages following the passage quoted providing an extended apologia for Hell's torments.

  7. Anon @23:05

    He also goes on to quote, by foot-note, St. Augustine, who says that some parts of hell are even more pleasant than what we have here on earth; this "vale of tears"!

    So do you think, say, a physically and mentally tormented, but otherwise fine person, who, say, commits suicide, should be put in the same part of hell that a serial child molester is?

    Just as there are various levels of heaven; so too purgatory and hell. This isn't merely the purview of Dante.

    For an excellent treatment, read Hungry Souls