Does the Roman Catholic Church believe in the existence of Hell?
If YES -
- Who will go to Hell and why?
- How long will they stay in Hell?
- Is there any second chance after they go to Hell?
- What should we do to avoid going to Hell?
The Catechism answers the questions (as ever!):
The difference between mortal and venial sins is also described in the Catechism. The best of way of not dying in sin is not to commit any; but since that is impossible, the Church provides the sacrament of Reconciliation [Confession] so that a penitent soul may be reconciled to God and man. This is the “second chance” which mankind feels is inherently “fair”: you get the second chance before death, while you can do something about your earthly, sacramental, life. Once that life is over you are out of reach of the sacraments.