Bertie Ahern is going to burn in everlasting Hell. No, not for breaking political promises but because any Catholic who knowingly remains in a state of mortal sin is destined for Hell – no exceptions.
Of course, I don’t know Bertie’s actual state of sin at the moment but up until recent times he was living in sin and assuming he is a true hot blooded Irishman; it’s likely that he will have no scruples about doing so in the future and fair play to him.
His religious boss Pope Benedict XVI, however, has a different view. He recently restated that Catholics who remarried (and presumably those who live in sin) could not receive the Eucharist. To die while in a state of mortal sin means you burn forever.
Cardinal Angelo Scola, when asked if that meant Catholic politicians could be refused Communion, he said
“The document doesn’t say what it doesn’t want to say.”
This looks very bad for all those Catholic politicians who live exemplary lives but at the same time, understandably, want a bit of company and comfort on cold winter nights.
And what about all those priests, Bishops, Cardinals and even Popes who knowingly administer Communion to unrepentant mortal sinners? Will they too be joining the damned in everlasting hell?
And you can forget about this modern idea that Hell is some sort of lonely state of mind rather than, well…a real hell of a place. Benedict doesn’t mince his words on this matter.
“Hell is a place where sinners burn in an everlasting fire, and not just a religious symbol designed to galvanise the faithful.”
Personally, I’m looking forward to Hell. Heaven must be a very boring place, no sins, no gossip, people telling the truth all the time while floating about on pure white clouds, eating Philadelphia and crackers – No thanks.
Hell will be much more interesting. Hitler, Haughey, Thatcher, Jack the Ripper, Pat the Plasterer, Bertie, Bishop Casey, Bush and Osama reminiscing, Ian and Gerry still trying to agree on something/anything, the list is endless.
Shure, you could spend an eternity just hanging out with those guys getting the low down on what really happened.