Freedom is one of the most important gifts God gives to us

Q & A with Archbishop Costelloe

By James Rodgers, edited by Catherine Dunn

Following the Teen’s Stream sessions, Archbishop Costelloe fielded their burning questions. The first question was in relation to the Apostle’s Creed, “If Hell is a place without God, then how did Jesus descend into Hell?”

“One of the possibilities is it refers to the Jewish idea of the afterlife called She’ol.” The Archbishop replied.

In the Hebrew Bible, She’ol is a place of darkness to which all the dead go, both righteous and unrighteous.

The second was in relation to the sacrament of reconciliation – Are you still forgiven for the sins you forget?

“If it’s true, absolutely!” He concisely responded. “We can’t always remember everything. Remember that confession is a place where you go to meet the generous forgiveness of God.”

Archbishop Costelloe quoted Pope Francis saying, “Confession is not meant to be a torture chamber.”

The toughest question thrown his way was in reference to human suffering – “Why does He allow for bad things to happen?”

“That’s a very difficult question.”

The Archbishop said freedom is “one of the most important gifts God gives to us”.

“Sometimes [people] make bad choices and bad choices always, always have a negative effect on us and a negative effect on those around us. God doesn’t allow terrorism, [people are] the ones who allow terrorism. It’s all about the misuse of freedom.”

Bishop Don at the discussion forum. Photo by CMMNolasco Photography