(Pretty Much) Whoever Commits Suicide Shall Have Eternal Death

Memento Mori

Memento mori

Whenever I read public stories of suicide I get my antennae out, and hope to find signs of healthy Christian thinking. Mostly, I fail. 

The suicide of the (in the US) famous former (American) Football player Aaron Hernandez has led a bad Catholic magazine (no link to them) to say that “perhaps Hernandez was a genuine believer”. This, the poor lambs write because it was found that Hernandez had “John 3:16” written on his forehead and on his bible.

“Genuine believer”?

Er, no. 

A genuine believer does not commit suicide. A genuine believer accepts the sentence he has brought on himself and decides to atone for his deeds for as long as the Lord gives him to live. A genuine believer recognises in his deserved fate the instrument of Providence put at his disposal by a merciful God to allow a murderer to die, in God’s time, at peace with Him. 

It seems absurdly difficult to construct Hernandez’ suicide as anything other than executed in cold blood and, therefore, certainly deserving of hell. The preparation of the suicide (I spare the details to the sensitive) went on for minutes. Actually, the very writing on his forehead further corroborates this. This wasn’t a momentary lapse of sanity. This was planned. We do not call this “being a genuine believer”. We call this “being, with extremely high probability, one for Satan”. He might have repented in the last seconds, in the jaws of death already. But this very faint hope can not be blown into something like “belief”. Particulalry so, when this alleged evidence of faith was given exactly in preparation of the suicide, and therefore proves nothing more than the arrogance of another one who thinks he can make his own religion as he sees fit. 

Suicides is punished with hell. It is extremely reasonable to suppose that the vast majority of suicides go to hell. It is reasonable to suppose that premeditation is a clear sign of an extremely high probability of hell. What the suicide thinks of his faith is utterly and completely irrelevant. Suicide is who suicide does. Unless perfect contrition intervenes before death it is hell, period. 

Hernandez quote seems to indicate a tragic defiance of Christ in the very moment in which he claims to belong to him. It is a mockery, not a witness, of Christianity. And woe to the one (be him a priest, a journalist, or whatever else) who downplays the horrific, bloodcurdling reality of the suicides’ hell trying to invent a kind of spiritula life in a man full of tattoos, violent outside and inside the jail, and clearly willing to plan the taking of his own life.  

Nor can as “excuse” be told that the man had – with a life sentence without possibility of parole –  an unbearable burden to bear for a 27 year old.

No burden is unbearable. Particularly when – as in Hernandez’ case – he must have known that he had brought this burden on himself. Yes, I think the death penalty would have been a better closure for all parties involved. But hey, we live in “humanitarian” times. It was evidently deemed better to have the man live a life in captivity at taxpayer’s expense for possibly many decades, rather than admit that we are scared of our own death. 

Do not believe those who downplay suicide or try to beautify their murderous perpetrators (yes, the suicide is a murderer: the murderer of oneself). The reality of hell is, again, bloodcurling, and suicide is the safest way to get there. 

The news of every suicide must prompt us to pray more, fear the Lord, and take refuge in Him. It must put into us the terror of what could happen to us if we started to let our guard down. It must lead us to a horrified resolve to avoid that fate, no matter what the circumstances. It must be to us a warning that the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour

Never downplay suicide. Never try to fabricate hypothetical excuses, much less try to present a suicide as a “genuine believer”. 

Say a prayer for the man. He is most likely in hell, but your prayer won’t go to waste. And as you pray and think of the very probable destination of the man for whom you are praying, shiver. Yes, shiver. And then shiver again.

May every suicide fortify us in our resolve to – with God’s grace – never do the same.  


Posted on April 23, 2017, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. M, we do not know what Aaron Hernandez’s eternal state is. Nor is it any of our business. Only a righteous God Who knows Hernandez far better than any of us will can determine that state. We must leave the decision with Him, regardless of how He decides.

    • This is the kind of stupid comment that I expect from an effeminate V II “neo”Catholic, not form a reader of this blog. Methinks, you have not even read the article.
      No sane Catholic priest would have given the man a Catholic burial, and exactly for the reasons I have explained.
      Either you use this blog to go back to Catholic sanity or your presence is not requested here.

  2. We are an absolutely morally confused generation, and this is largely thanks to our Bishops and priests who have failed us. Morality in these times needs to be directly taught, the healthy cultural foundation is not there to support learning it incidentally any longer. This has not happened, and is a dereliction of duty. While jokes are told, humorous anecdotes, souls are being confused and lost, because we no longer know right from wrong and are confused about good and evil.
    Misplaced compassion, many people suffer from it, the victim is ignored while the perp gets lots of empathy and “mercy”. It’s just another sign of a messed up culture.

  3. crazyrabbit_xv xxx

    amen. a few years ago here in our country, a general, after being exposed supposedly in corruption committed suicide beside his parents grave. a bishop offered Mass for his soul. isnt it forbidden by the Church to say Mass for those who committed suicide?

    • Yes,in principle it is.
      A priest might have made an exception in particular cases (say: the suicide was certifiably insane) , but he would give great scandal if he would do something like that.
      As we read from old novels, not even the Church of England did that.
      We live in an age of total moral confusion.

  4. ilovevictoriasbows

    Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm – without definitively taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself – the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically non-existent.”
CCC 2267

    God is not mocked. Not even by St. John Paul ii.

    • Very well said.
      Paragraphs like the one you have quoted are the reason why I have thrown my JPII catechism literally in the waste bin.

  5. Use common sense from the Catholic’s teachings show us that suicide is betraying, blaspheming, stupid arrogant thing to commit and suicidal person just refused to take responsibility for his life before God who has given it to him. He threw the gift back to God’s face and freely rejected salvation offers from God. Hell he’s chosen. Nobody has ownership of life which belongs to God alone.

  6. I post the following information, NOT to be argumentative, because I generally agree with Mundabor on this. But I think that historical nuance is important — even if its to demonstrate how Modernists will respond.

    The Pio-Benedictine Code prohibited ecclesiastical funeral rites for those who “killed themselves by deliberate counsel.” 1917 CIC 1240.1.3. It was phrased to protect those who might have killed themselves unintentionally or recklessly,

    But I think there is a difference between suicide which has resulted from such circumstances as mental disease or depression or the loss of reasoning faculties amidst severe and unrelenting pain and the suicides which result in a flippant attitude toward the life one owes the Creator and/or due to state sponsored euthanasia. I am NOT convinced that the Church should have public funerals for even the aforementioned group (out of caution as not to be seen as seemingly condoning an “understanding” of such reasons; we don’t know how God judged it).

    This is an interesting brief treatment of suicides during the First World War:


    • You are being the all too spread mix of sane thinking and modern one. The rule you mention is, like everything in the age of sanity, logical and clear cut: deliberate counsel. Whilst it is clear that only God judges in the end it is obvious that, in order to avoid scandal, a church funeral must be avoided every time even an appearance of deliberate counsel is present.

      I have not read the link and I cannot vouch if its creditworthiness. However, basic knowledge of history tells us that life i the trenches made a lot of people truly, and I mean truly mad. The same cannot be said of the case which originated this blog post. In that case only an overdose of sugary V II non-judgmentalism can prevent one from seeing a reality clearly in front of his eyes.

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