Hitchens, Hell, Kim Jong-Il

Same fanatical godlessness, different treatment. Kim Jong-Il.

The Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il has died and, of course, his death has been saluted with regret and sadness from Catholics all over the world. Countless Catholic bloggers/ tweeters/ whatever-ers have expressed their opinion that the Korean dictator might be “surprised” and might “see the light of God”. It is easy to understand why they would say so: on the one hand there can be no doubt that the man was absolutely persuaded about the Communist ideology, and we all know by now that God likes conviction a lot and will therefore probably want the chap near Him for his celestial Afternoon Teas. On the other hand, it is clear to everyone that if there is someone for whom invincible ignorance could apply, this is a chap born and bred in North Korea and most certainly sheltered since his tenderest age from every Christian influence in the same uncompromising way as a Western child is sheltered from child rapists.

As to the opposition – which has come from some oh so uncharitable corners, who can’t even spell the word niceness – that the chap be directly responsible fro the brutal repression of his people, and indirectly responsible for the starving unintentionally, but certainly caused by his own mad ideology we – the charitable Christians, who are oh so good – can certainly reply that the chap was passionate even in that, and his government action can certainly not be counted against him, surely?! If we start to count inhuman cruelty against people who wanted to improve the lot of humanity, where will it end? We might have to criticise Che Guevara! He was also able to execute people by the dozen in perfect cold blood, and look at all the t-shirts!!

The uncharitable, ruthless Catholics may obviously say – and some of them will say, gloating in their desire for revenge – that there is something like natural law, and a chap like the unfaithful departed trampled it under his boots day in, and day out.  Tsk, tsk, we reply to them, they have it all wrong! Being a blasphemer and an outspoken enemy of God goes against natural law on a much bigger scale than merely trying to make a better world! If we are therefore sooo charitable and nice with Christopher Hitchens, why shouldn’t we extend the same niceness to Kim Jong-Il? Therefore, Twitter is ablaze, and the blogosphere is awash….

No. Wait a minute. It just… just.. isn’t! Not in the least!


And why is it that whilst hordes of Catholics ran to their keyboards to express the most unbelievable theories about the – very probable – destiny of Christopher Hitchens – Christianity being too hard to them to let it be without the most improbable distinguos – the same behaviour did not apply to Kim Jong-Il, who at least has chances of invincible error infinitely higher than the ones of a chap born in a Christian country and who lived in the most Christian country of them all for more than a quarter of a century?

Where’s the army of people praying for him? Where are those saying that they will continue, yes sir, to pray for him now?

Strangely, the Catholic blogosphere appears to be utterly devoid of that wave of  saddened sympathy expressed for the other deceased.

Perhaps is it so, that Christian rules are re-fashioned according to whether we liked the deceased? That our need to feel good is at a premium over the most simple rules of Catholicism, whenever we feel like  it?

Questions, questions…


P.s. I hate commies on a scale you will rarely find. Still, I have said my three eternal rests for him too, and for the same reasons.

Par condicio, as they say in Italy…..

Posted on December 19, 2011, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Exactly my thoughts today. The hypocrisy is stunning….

  2. Thinking on, I was constantly told regarding Hitchens: “Who are we to judge”

    Well if that be the case, then presumably we must treat everybody equally.and to do otherwise would be hypocracy.

    That’s the trap they set up for themselves.

    I came across an interesting blog post that examined: Ezekiel 33:11: Rejoicing over the death of the wicked

    Is it forbidden to rejoice over the death of the wicked anyway?

    • I do not “rejoice” in the death of the wicked in itself.

      I mean: of course if a bastard dies it’s one bastard less, and the air smells better… but one hopes that the wicked repents *before* that time comes. I would, of course, wish that everyone would be saved and pray thus every day “(Fatima prayer”), as good as I can.

      But the simple fact is: a) that not everyone is saved, and b) that when death comes, time’s up.

      Therefore, to point out that someone is very probably in Hell is not only proper, but helps others – and ourselves – to avoid the snares of the devil. On the contrary, to banalise and make such wickedness harmless only serves to allow other people to lose themselves.

      As to the “judging”, I am astonished at the level of sugary inanity our society has come to. If I would say “I, Mundabor, hereby decree that Mr soandso must be in Hell, because it pleases me to decide that way” then I would be judging. But this is different: that those who refuse Jesus will not have part in him in the afterlife is not something come out of my own whim of the day, it’s what Jesus Himself said, it’s Christianity 1-0-1! How can we ever hoe to transmit basic Christianity, when we fail in exposing the most basic facts, just because they go against the sympathies of the day!


  3. I, too, was surprised by the casual way in which Catholic bloggers just assumed Hitchens was in purgatory–as if Our Lord never sends people to “the other place” anymore…

    Not surprising, though, considering the near-universal failure to mention hell in our pulpits post-VII.

    I always think of the sermon by St. Leonard of Port-Maurice that caused so much scandal in his day, and would cause even more in ours:

    “Saint Vincent Ferrer relates that an archdeacon in Lyons gave up his charge and retreated into a desert place to do penance, and that he died the same day and hour as Saint Bernard. After his death, he appeared to his bishop and said to him, ‘Know, Monsignor, that at the very hour I passed away, thirty-three thousand people also died. Out of this number, Bernard and myself went up to heaven without delay, three went to purgatory, and all the others fell into Hell.’ ”

    “Souls are falling into hell like snowflakes for there is none to pray and sacrifice for them.”–Our Lady of Fatima


    • Person,

      I truly hope our odds are better than that ;), but in past times people loved to express themselves in a less mathematically exact way than we, children of the scientific era, do nowadays.

      Be it as it may, it is clear there is no denying too many churchmen are just too cowards to even mention hell in any way meant to really convey what it is. Frankly, I wouldn’t want to be anyone of them the day I die.


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