Chapter 19.—27. Let us therefore not flatter the Catholic who is hemmed in with all these vices, nor venture, merely because he is a
Catholic Christian, to promise him the impunity which holy Scripture does not prom459ise him; nor, if he has any one of the faults above mentioned, ought we to promise him a partnership in that heavenly land.
For, in writing to the Corinthians, the apostle enumerates the several sins, under
each of which it is implicitly understood that it shall not inherit the kingdom of God: "Be not deceived," he says: "neither
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous,
nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."14501450
He does not say, those who possess all these vices together shall not inherit the kingdom of God; but neither these nor
those: so that, as each is named, you may understand that no one of them shall inherit the kingdom of God. As, therefore,
heretics shall not possess the kingdom of God, so the covetous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Nor can we indeed doubt
that the punishments themselves, with which they shall be tortured who do not inherit the kingdom of God,
will vary in proportion to the difference of their offences, and that some will be more severe than others; so that in the
eternal fire itself there will be different tortures in the punishments, corresponding to the different weights of guilt.
For indeed it was not idly that the Lord said, "It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than
But yet, so far as failing to inherit the kingdom of God is concerned, it is just as certain, if you choose any one of the
less heinous of these vices, as if you choose more than one, or some one which you saw was more atrocious; and because those
will inherit the kingdom of God whom the Judge shall set on His right hand, and for those who shall not be found worthy to
be set at the right hand nothing will remain but to be at the left, no other announcement is left for
them to hear like goats from the mouth of the Shepherd, except, "Depart into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and
though in that fire, as I said before, it may be that different punishments will be awarded corresponding to the difference
of the sins.