Fase 2, i Vescovi attaccano il Premier Conte sulla libertà di culto: era ora

La libertà di culto è sacra. Una tautologia, certo, ma anche la cifra della nota diramata dalla Cei dopo l’ennesimo comizio a reti unificate del bi-Premier Giuseppe Conte. Un comunicato in cui l’episcopato italiano esprimeva tutta la propria perplessità e irritazione per i contenuti dell’ultimo Dpcm. Perché anche la pazienza dei cattolici ha un limite […].

L’editoriale di stamani.

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On the Nature of Hell

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«Sorrow engenders hatred, and resentment, which separate us from the Way drawn for us by the Heaven. We feel confused, lost, betrayed, and thus we shout out our despair to the Lord: why have you forsaken us?

And we don’t realize that we are drifting away from Him, that Christ always walks beside us, and we don’t want to listen to His voice, to the words He cried out from the Cross, and now are addressed to our soul: lama sabachthani?»

(M. Ciminiello, Astragon – L’Era del Drago).


Although a self-citation may be inelegant, a few days ago I was reminded of this passage: and it occurred to me that it may contain a clue on the nature of Hell.

Anything and everything has been said about this place/no place: some, like Jehovah’s Witnesses, don’t think it exists; others, like most Christian theologians, believe it’s a physical location – a place of eternal damnation; Orthodox theologians claim it’s a real condition – but limited in time; finally, some argue that it’s an effective reality – but it’s empty.

20th century Italian mystic Maria Valtorta, author of The Gospel As Revealed to Me, reports that Jesus told her that, had Hell not existed, a bigger Hell would have been created for Judas. These words may confirm the existence of Hell – but they don’t specify what’s its nature.

Personally, I am persuaded that Hell is something more than the Kingdom of darkness and everlasting fire: I believe it’s a sign of us moving away from God. Every time we turn our back on Him, on His word, on His salvation, we dig a little bit of our personal Hell: and if soul longs, by nature, for the Highest Good, and the Supreme Happiness, then it’s consumed – like the most horrific fire – by the self-inflicted grief caused by the distance from the Infinite Love it aims at. In fact, as stated by the great G. K. Chesterton, «man cannot love mortal things. He can only love immortal things for an instant» (Heretics).

Then, our discomfort, our earthly suffering are reflected in the wound which only the Doctor of the soul can heal: a Doctor tormented by the same torments as ours because, being at once «He who loves, He who is loved and Love itself» (M. Ciminiello, Astragon – L’Ombra dell’Aurora), He cannot but mourn our misery. That could be the thrust of Nietzsche’s insight, that «even God has his hell: it is his love for mankind» (Thus spoke Zarathustra).

That’s why God will never give up on anyone of us: because it’s not His will «that one of these little ones should perish» (Matthew 18, 14). If we abandon His path, bending our very nature, we ourselves will build our Hell. And this will be our punishment: we’ll be well aware of what we lost, but there won’t be anything we can do about it.

Pray for Charlie

Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard is a wonderful 10-month-old baby. He suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a condition which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage – yet, he’s not terminally ill. However, he’s in danger of dying: not (only) from his disease, though, but because of a bunch of English doctors and judges who claim that killing him (against his parents’ will!) is more ethical than let him live.

That’s not even euthanasia: it’s eugenics, it’s the arrogance of Man demanding to stand as God, to be entitled to choose those who deserve to live and those who don’t. It’s like a horrible mirroring of ancient practices, which we all hoped to be extinct: like the Spartan custom of abandoning the unfit newborns on the slopes of Taygetus – or throwing them into a chasm of the mountain.

Yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled the doctors to keep Charlie alive until its final judgement (just a little common sense: what’s the point of deciding on someone’s life, if he’s already been killed?!). Yet, the European judges didn’t indicate the day of this final judgement, just ensuring “the utmost urgency” to treat the application, as a spokesperson said.

I can’t even imagine what Chris Gard and Connie Yates – Charlie’s parents – are going through. They’re fighting a battle to win what should be the most natural thing in the world – their baby’s right to live. They know there’s an experimental treatment in the U.S.: it’s dangerous, but it may be Charlie’s last hope. That’s why Chris and Connie have raised £1.3m on a crowdfunding site to pay for the therapy trial: yet, last April a British High Court judge ruled against the journey, saying that Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.

To this, lawyers representing Chris and Connie respond by saying that parents should be free to make decisions about their children’s treatment unless any proposed treatment poses a risk of significant harm.

It’s amazing how deeply the prophets of Evil care about an innocent child’s death – and how many useful idiots are following them like puppy dogs. How nice it would be if as much energy were devoted to Life and Good!

We’ve got just prayer on our side – but prayer can change History. Let’s pray for Charlie, therefore. Let’s pray for Chris and Connie. And let’s pray for the European judges: so that their judgement can be wise and enlightened, and they can reject Death, and choose Life instead.