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Lanston Pinto wrote:

Hi Mike,

There have been many people who claim to have visited Hell. I know the Catholic Church has recognized the testimony of Fr. Jose but what about others.

  • Which other testimonies does the Catholic Church recognize or accept?

For example, Tamara Laroux. She shot herself and claims she went to Hell.

Lanston

  { Does the Church recognize the testimony of those that have claimed to have visited Hell? }

Mike replied:

Hi Lanston,

I hate to disappoint you but I’m not familiar with either Fr. Jose or Tamara Laroux.

Your question also implies a misunderstand of what Hell is. The Church would not accept any testimonial claim from anyone who said they had visited Hell.

Hell is eternal. It is not a place one visits in the sense of coming and going.

The Catechism tells us:

1035 The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of Hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into Hell, where they suffer the punishments of Hell, eternal fire.

The chief punishment of Hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs.

I hope this helps,

Mike

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