Miriam Defensor Santiago Dares Fr. Catalino Arevalo for a Debate About 'Hell'
Miriam Defensor Santiago is challenging Fr. Catalino Arevalo for a debate particularly dealing with one hot topic - 'hell' - after the latter said that the lady Senator "is worthy of the fires of hell" and should issue a public apology for repeatedly berating the House prosecutors in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona during his homily on Saturday, March 3, at Our Lady of Edsa Shrine (read related article HERE).
As expected, the feisty Senator fires back asking the priest for a debate saying that under a resolution by the Second Vatican Council, “there is no hell; but even if there is, there is nobody there.”
Santiago added that hell is not a geographical place but just a “metaphor” used by the Scriptures to imply the condition of a man’s distance from God.
“Under Vatican 2, the story of Genesis is no longer a historical fact but a myth. The Bible should not be read literally, but should be read in its Aramaic context. Unfortunately, some of the religious refuse to accept the changes started by Vatican 2,” she said.