Well, fear no longer, Pope Francis says a particular kind of mortal sinner will not go to heaven if not repentant:
Pope Francis: heaven’s doors are closed to those who close their hearts to the poor
Catholic World News Report: May 18, 2016
Continuing his series of Wednesday catecheses on mercy, Pope Francis devoted his May 18 general audience to the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.
“Lazarus, lying outside the closed door of the rich man’s house, longs to eat even the scaps that fall from his table,” Pope Francis told the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square, according to the official English-language synthesis of his remarks. “Lazarus represents the silent cry of the poor in every time and place, and the paradox of a world in which astonishing wealth coexists with scandalous poverty.”
“When both men die, their situation is reversed,” the Pope continued. “Lazarus, whose name means 'God helps,' is brought to the bosom of Abraham, while the rich man is in torment, thirsting even for a drop of water.”
The Pope added:
Abraham has to explain to him how, in the mystery of divine justice, the mercy we seek from God is linked to the mercy we show to others. The doors of heaven are closed to those who close their hearts to the needs of the poor. Only conversion can open hearts to the truth of God’s word and its saving message, which, as Our Lady sings in her Magnificat, overturns the situations of this world by the triumph of God’s justice and mercy.And then there is this about how hopeful the SSPX is that Pope Francis will make regular their canonical status in the Church:
Catholic World News
SSPX leader optimistic about accord with VaticanThis seems to me to be a nuclear bombshell if true!
May 18, 2016Bishop Bernard Fellay, the leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), expressed optimism about the prospects for achieving an accord with the Vatican in a lengthy interview with the National Catholic Register.
Bishop Fellay said that under Pope Francis, talks between the SSPX and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have taken a new direction, with Vatican officials no longer demanding that the breakaway traditionalist group must fully accept the teachings of Vatican II. He said that the longer talks continue, "the more lenient Rome becomes."
The situation is paradoxical, the traditionalist leader said, insofar as the SSPX continues to decry changes in Church teaching, at the same time that Vatican officials move closer to regularizing the group.
MY FINAL COMMENTS:
I have to agree with Bishop Fellay that there is an irony of ironies that Pope Francis is the one who is allowing in the most liberal sense of the word liberal, the SSPX to be fully reintegrated into the proper canonical status of the Church by allowing them to reject some of the pastoral, non infallible, theologies of the Second Vatican Council. These theologies are in fact just theologies, they are not doctrine but pious opinions or pious pastoral agendas similar to how the theology of Limbo for unbaptized infants developed in the Church as a pastoral theology opposed to unbaptized infants going to hell. It has been made clear that limbo for unbaptized infants is just a pastoral theology and never a promulgated doctrine or dogma and this pastoral theology has since been somewhat repudiated by the highest levels of the papal magisterium.
But it doesn't get any better than this, that the Pope condemns certain Catholics to Hell and opens the gates of heaven for the SSPX!