Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered 2012-05-11 12:47:54

Most certainly. The belief in Heaven and Hell are both doctrines of the Catholic Faith which means they are so fundamental to the Catholic belief that to deny them is to deny the Faith. Catholics believe that the soul only has two ultimate destinies, either to spend eternity in Heaven with God, or to spend eternity in Hell without Him. The Catholic concept of Heaven consists in the Beatific Vision, this means that the soul will be able to contemplate God, to "see" Him, to its full ability and hence, the soul will be rapt in the mysteries and love it will find there. The Catholic concept of Hell is a place of absence where the soul will ever be in torment since it can never be united to its Creator, God. Catholics believe as well in the resurrection of the body and thus Heaven and Hell are physical places as well to accommodate the physical form. To this end, the body will either be glorified in Heaven or twisted and tortured in Hell by fire and cold.

Catholics also believe in Limbo and Purgatory. Purgatory is an intermediate stage used to purify souls that will go to Heaven but which yet have some temporal restitution they must make in justice. Purgatory will cease to exist at the end of the world since all souls will then either be in Heaven or Hell.

Limbo is for those souls who die without reaching the age of reason and who have not received baptism. Since they have Original Sin on their souls they cannot enter heaven, but since they have no personal sin either, they are not to suffer Hell. Thus they are placed in Limbo, a state of natural happiness.

AnswerSince the doctrine of Hell is such a controversial subject, there are Catholics that will say they don't believe it exists. More liberal Catholics now say that the major religions (Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.) all go to heaven. Some other Catholics will try to argue that there is no proof that God has sent anyone to Hell. Roman Catholic AnswerYes, of course, heaven is perfect life eternally with the Most Holy Trinity:

from The Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, English translation 1994

1024 This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity - this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed - is called "heaven." Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness.

and hell is eternal pain and frustration: 1033 We cannot be united with God unless we freely choose to love him. But we cannot love God if we sin gravely against him, against our neighbor or against ourselves: "He who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him." (1 John3:14-15) Our Lord warns us that we shall be separated from him if we fail to meet the serious needs of the poor and the little ones who are his brethern. (Cf. Mt 25:31-46) To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God's merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called "hell."

User Avatar

Your Answer


Still Have Questions?

Related Questions

Did Thomas Aquinas believe in heaven or hell?

He was a Catholic priest and Catholics believe in heaven and hell, so yes, he did.

What do the Catholics believe about Jesus in hell?

the catholics believe that Jesus went to hell to save all of him friends and take them back to heaven and not jut catholics believe that, bunch of other people do to.

Do catholics believe that you must be saved to go to heaven?

Catholics believe that only catholics can get to heaven.

What did the Protestants and Catholics believe of hell?

catholics believe that you can be prayed out of hell, and that you wait in pergatory. no

What do mexicans believe about life after death?

Most of them believe in Heaven and Hell as reward or punishment for their actions in Earth. Most of them are Roman Catholics.

Do Muslim believe in heaven and hell?

None ------------------------------- Yes, we do believe in heaven and hell.

Do christains believe in heaven and hell?

Yes, Christians believe in heaven and hell.

Do Catholics believe that Jesus went to hell?

Yes, Catholics do believe that Jesus went to hell to save them all from their sins. Not just Catholics believe this, many other forms of Christianity teach the same thing. Jesus did not descend into the actual Hell but into the 'limbo' where those who had died in a state of grace were waiting for him to die for their sins so that they could be admitted into Heaven.

Do sikh's believe in heaven and hell?

No they do not believe in heaven.

Do Catholics believe that Protestants are going to hell?

No i dont think they do :/ they believe what protestants believe and what they are is wrong but no catholic wishes anyone to go to hell Catholics believe that anyone whok lives a life of goodness and does not reject God may go to heaven. We live in the hope that all are saved.

Do Buddists believe in heaven and hell?

Although not identical to Christianity they do believe in the concepts of a heaven and hell.

What is the waitingroom between heaven and hell called?

As a protestant, I believe that the "waiting room" doesn't exist. But the Catholics call it purgatory.

What do Catholics believe about death and dying?

Roman Catholic AnswerCatholics believe that death and dying are a result of sin, and that immediately after death we are judged and either go to heaven (with or without the detour through purgatory) or hell.

How does God determine whether you go to Heaven or Hell for Catholics?

You determine wether you go to Heaven or Hell. Its your choice who to serve.

Do Sikhs believe in heaven and hell?

No they don't believe in hell or heaven! They believe in reincarnation! That you may born as animal or insects

What do catholics believe happen when you die?

Most Catholics believe that when you die, you go into Purgatory. This is a time where you wait to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (or Hell, but not usually). They believe that the people back on Earth should pray for the person, as it will help them get into Heaven. Whilst you are in Purgatory, your sins are judged by God and cleansed or you go into Hell. By the way, Hell isn't supposed to be full of Demons and stuff like that. Its originally a "Place without God".

Do Catholics goo to heaven?

it depends on what you believe some strongly believe that yes all baptised people including catholics go to heaven

How many religions believe in heaven and hell?

Mostly christians and muslims believe in heaven and hell.

What do Catholics believe happens to people when they die?

Catholics believe that when people die, their soul is judged based on their doings into the world and then they are granted heaven or hell. St Peter has the keys to Heaven and he is the one who judges a person based on the sins committed. heya babes youu ayt,wuu2?

What do Christian believe about life after death?

They believe that there is a heaven and hell and if you are unknown by god you will go to hell but if you believe and repent about yours sins you will go to heaven .

Do sikhims believe in heaven and hell?

No, they believe in reincarnation.

Do atheist believe in heaven or hell?

They believe in neither

What is the percentage of people that believe in hell compared to the people that believe in heaven?

In America, it's about 80-90% for heaven and 70% for hell.

How do hindus believe to get to heaven?

They don't believe in heaven or hell, they believe that once one dies, they will be reborn.

Does islam believe in hell?

Surely. The Muslims believe in hell, heaven and the life after death. The Muslims believe in the life hereafter. They also believe in heaven and hell. All humans will be judged according to their deeds of this world on the Day of Judgment when the dead rise up. The Virtuous will go to hell and the Wicked will be sent to heaven.