Today a Catholic soul will face judgement. A good man, leaving behind a wife and two children. Kind to everyone, loved by his dog, and a contributor to charity. A natural candidate for sainthood.
So why will he go to Hell?
He has two children. The other five children were contracepted out of existence. He did not see contraception as evil, just necessary to his lifestyle. And no one told him anything different. But he was a good man.
But he should have known better, since each time there is any public controversy about the prevention of birth, the anti-Catholic media blares out the true Catholic position as some sort of evil.
However, no one in the Church ever pointed out the great evil of contraception, from his Catholic teachers to his parish priest. The Catholic media was all over social justice, but not much else. Similarly Catholic publications from the bishops.
After years of hearing from his parish priest that we are all saved, there seemed little point in going to Mass. God was going to reward all, sinners included. How can missing Mass lead to Hell? So he stayed home. But he was a good man.
Each election he voted for politicians who promised stuff. These same politicians also pushed for abortion right up to birth, and militantly supported same-sex 'marriage'. But he was a good man.
So off to Hell he will go. He will see quite clearly that he has no defence. But he could have been saved if his priest had taught the Catholic faith, and if his bishop had ensured that Catholic schools did the same. But those same Catholic schools were run by people living permanently in the state of sin, with teachers who did not go to Mass, and whose lives were organised around contraceptives.
Sadly, his children will follow him to Hell. And his grandchildren.
But the good Lord, seeing that those responsible for teaching have failed him, will not subject him to the entire punishment suited to the extent of his crimes. Instead, part of his punishment will fall upon the priests and bishops who were appointed to save souls. Those who were put there to teach, but did not.
Given the numbers of Catholics who will fall into Hell for similar reasons, perhaps 99% or even more, The balance of their judgement will fall on those guilty priests and bishops.
It seems to us laymen that our bishops and priests fear public opinion more than they fear God. This is the only explanation we can find for their lack of enthusiasm to teach the faith. Yet one day they will learn (Heb 10:31) that public opinion is really the least of their worries.