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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: RE: (urth) PEACE as Faust
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2002 13:40:28 -0700

Roy C. wrote ...

> I agree that Weer isn't El Diablo. But how is it that Olivia 
> gets to go to heaven? 

The usual method is called "repentance."

> She didn't strike me as even a nice person, much less as
> worthy of eternal reward. Before marriage she was a fornicator;
> afterwards an adulteress.

Has nothing to do with the case -- the whole point (well, _a_
major point) of Christianity in general, and Catholicism in 
particular, is that _everyone_ is a sinner, but that doesn't 
stop you from being saved -- in fact it's why you need to be 
saved. And, because everyone's a sinner, nobody is "worse" than 
anyone else. So you just sort of have to accept what you are, be
sorry for what you've done, and try to do better with God's help, 
and that's pretty much the deal. So being "not nice," "a 
fornicator," "an adulteress" (thank you for using these terms so
accurately, btw) really wouldn't stop her. Might mean some 
Purgatory, but that's a highly-undefined term.



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