Speaking from a position of some dubious authority (being a horribly lapsed Catholic and v. proud of that) we were taught that everyone could potentially
go to heaven regardless of creed, colour, race or sexual persuasion (although you'd have to try pretty damned hard with the last on
). The clincher however is... PURGATORY!
Not hell, but a pretty squalid 'burb betwixt the Black Pit and Heaven
Liek Tony's said this is where all sinners (which of course is practically everyone except possibly Mary Mother of God
) go to serve a term of suitable punishment until you've paid for your evil deeds and are cleaned up enough to pass muster at the Pearly Gates.
So - in theory - Hitler, having been born
into a Catholic family (not Catholic you notice, just the potential to be one), eshewing God and animal meat products altogether, killing several million people for no good reason and making many more millions of lives blighted and bereaved, if, on taking his own life (itself a major sin of course), he for one millisecond before the cyanide kicked in though GOODNESS! I WAS WRONG ALL ALONG FORGIVE ME O LORD! and REALLY MEANT IT...
- hey presto! He would be off the hook and off to Purgatory instead of Hellfire and damnation. How long he'd have to stay there is then the next stumbling block and of course there'd be plenty of other souls in there with the Star of David hovering around them not wanting to make his stay there too pleasant so lert's live in hope that he'd be there for most of eternity if that's possible.
It also rather neatly and justly puts rabid b*stards like Fred Phelps and his merry bunch of self-righteous retards related or otherwise
right down into their scabby biggotted places, so it's not quite so kitsch and PC as it seems, so much as good PR where everyone does get what's coming to them to some degree
Like I keep saying Catholics get guilt as much as Jews, 'cos it's all the same One God - only when he's called Allah he's got more gonads and goes proactive and ups his sales pitch so you can have a good punch-up on your way to Heaven without getting too
worried about the consequences...
can get in - it's just a question of how much resistance you're prepared to put into that whilst you have a pulse