24 – We will all be up there in Heaven together

Despite the indifferentism of our days, it often happens that the same question, which someone — perhaps afflicted with the perspective of eternal condemnation — had posed long ago to the Redeemer keeps coming back: ‘Lord, will only a few people be saved?’ (Lk 13:23). And although hardly anyone might want to recognize the fact, we know that the question of eternal happiness is related to fulfilling the commandments, persevering in the state of grace, and firm adhesion to the one true Church. Today, some tend to put the question in simplified terms: contaminated by false ideas, they erroneously try to show the way to Heaven as though it were as spacious as that leading to eternal condemnation (cf. Mt 7:13). But truth will always wield on the upright of heart the same power of attraction and strength of conversion that it always has…These are the ones who discern that while the Lord’s ‘yoke is easy and His burden light’ (cf. Mt 11:30), yet ‘the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force’ (cf. Mt 11:12).

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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Authors

Sacred Scripture

Mt 19:17

Council of Trent (Ecumenical XIX)

Christ died for all, yet not all receive the benefit of His death

Synod of Constantinople (543 AD)

He who denies eternal chastisement, is anathema

Quicumque or ‘Athanasian Creed’

Catholic faith is necessary in order to be saved

Innocent III

We believe in one Church; not of the heretics, but the Catholic Church

Clement VI

No one may be saved outside of obedience to the Popes

Council of Florence (Ecumenical XVII)

Those who are not united to the Church will go to everlasting fire

Saint Augustine of Hippo

To reach heaven it is necessary to live in a saintly manner
Obeying the commandments is the condition for salvation

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Those who work evil do not deserve the future life
It is not unjust for God to inflict eternal punishment to an obstinate sinner
Graver punishment is due for offense to a greater person – God is infinite, offense to Him merits infinite punishment

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments

Salvation is not brought in a mechanistic way without one’s participation

Gregory XVI

Those who seek eternal life in any other religion are not with Christ

Pius IX

Catholic faith is necessary in order to reach eternal life
A very grave error of some Catholics: to believe that men living in error can attain eternal life
No one will be chastised if not guilty of deliberate faults
The condemnation of obstinate sinners is an act of justice
An impious idea to be removed from the minds of all: eternal salvation can be found in any religion

Pius XII

Those who do not belong to the visible Body of the Catholic Church cannot be sure of salvation

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Those that refuse to enter the Church cannot be saved
Constant vigilance is necessary so as not to be ordered to go into eternal fire

John Paul II

Man is condemned to eternal damnation for the misuse of his liberty
The words of Christ are clear: there are those who will go to eternal punishment

Benedict XVI

‘God will be kind to us all’: a beautiful hope, but murderers cannot suddenly sit down at God’s table together with their victims

Catechism of the Catholic Church

To die in mortal sin is to separate oneself from God forever by free choice

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