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Our readers asked:

My Friend Died of Suicide. Did He Go to Hell?

Richard G. Malloy, SJ Answers:

No, your friend did not go to hell.

The Catechism clearly states,

“We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives” (#2283).

We realize that those who take their own lives are often mentally impaired, and really think that their death will make things better for everyone. There are many good websites where we can educate ourselves about suicide: see http://www.afsp.org/ and http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The Author : Richard G. Malloy, SJ
Richard G. Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., is Vice President for University Ministries, the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, and author of A Faith That Frees (Orbis Books).
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  • Mike

    so Judus did not go to hell for feeling of guilt for betraying Jesus then killing himself afterwards?

    Judus being in a state of emotional regret for what he did, then removes the logic of ones mind, because when emotions flar up logic goes away. He then kills himself and still has the chance to go to Heaven?

    was it not taught by the Chruch that no one has the right to take a life. thou shall not kill. therefore if you kill yourself you just broke one of the 10 commandments? now the church is relaxing that commmandment and saying no, they do not go to hell, but can still somehow work off there moral sin and still go to heaven after they are dead?

    I think perhaps the “Church” is really going too far and in just too scared to tell the truth of mortal sin, and then just make allowance for the ones that commit mortal sin scared that many may leave the Chruch or not join the church becase the church is too harsh in what they say.

    because that “law” that the chruch just said and you quoted now puts themind set in the other person, it is ok to kill myself (reguardless of their reaons) and they still believe that they c an go to Heaven. that is an easy out of having to put up with everything everyone else has to put up with while trying to obey all Of Jesus Commandments. Life is just too hard for me, its not worth living, so he or she kills themselves thinking it is ok I can just do salutary repentance and still go to heaven.

    what if, just what if everyone, even just one, killed themselves with that mindset, and the church is wrong?

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