Were delighted when something that appeared in the NOR elicits a response from another periodical. Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) has come up with an editorial (April 15) pertaining to our January article on Fr. Richard John Neuhauss treatment of Hell, which we entitled If Everyone Is Saved : Why Bother? Among other things, the NOR article documented Fr. Neuhauss support for universal salvation (the view that everyone goes to Heaven).
OSV charges that the NOR vilified Neuhaus. To vilify is to make vicious and defamatory statements, and defamatory statements are by definition false statements. This is a heavy accusation, but, not surprisingly, OSV offers no example of a defamatory or vicious statement made by the NOR.
OSVs editorial, which roams this way and that in its attempt to defend Neuhaus, finally makes this startling declaration about the consequences of the Resurrection of Jesus: Instead of dying, never to rise again, we can rise, never to die again (italics added).
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