A reader (a pastor who has faced these questions from his congregation) asks:
“Many people still question the use of the term 'hell' in the Creed. Some are even upset because for them it connotes eternal damnation and irreparable separation from God, despite the best efforts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to explain it's reintroduction in the Creed replacing the term 'the dead'. Even article 635 of the Catechism uses the term 'death' rather than 'hell'. How can we help people to better understand this in light of the long popular understanding of 'hell' which, in all honesty was taught very vigorously by many clerics in the past?”
Thank you for your question Father!
Yes, of the many changes to the English translation we went through a couple years back, this is certainly one of the most jarring and probably requires the most pastoral attention because of precisely the issues you allude to. It is easy to get the impression that someone somewhere is...Read More