Catholics Respond to the Death of Christopher Hitchens: 3 Articles

“God loved Christopher Hitchens. Always has. He created him out of love. He died for him out of love. And I will pray for him out of love.” – Pat Archbold, NC Register

Listers, last night the prominent atheist and provocateur Christopher Hitchens died after almost a year long battle with esophagus cancer. The brilliant and caustic thinker was a vicious opponent of religion, and is best known for his work God is not Great.

For the soul of Christopher Hitchens, we pray to the Lord. 1

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.

Catholics Respond to the Death of Christopher Hitchens:
One of the first calls to pray for Christopher Hitchens was voiced by the American Papist over a year ago when Hitchens was first diagnosed with cancer.

Still Praying for Christopher Hitchens

Pat Archbold, National Catholic Register

I have no reason to think that Hitchens had a sudden religious awakening at the end, but I can hope. I can hope that at the end there was a small crack in the veneer large enough to let in the light. But I can never know, not in this life.
But there are things I do know.

God loved Christopher Hitchens. Always has. He created him out of love. He died for him out of love. And I will pray for him out of love.

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Christopher Hitchens is Dead, Dammit.

James G. Wiles, The American Thinker

Under verbal attack by Hitchens but still urging his conversion, George Rutler told Hitchens that “he would either die a Catholic or a madman…” It’s an ugly story, one which even the fact that there appears to have been drink taken (by Hitchens) can’t excuse. So, there you have the militant atheist in full flower. I guess if you can’t get by that, you’re stuck — if you want to follow that old Roman maxim — with saying about Christopher Hitchens that, like the Thane of Cawdor in Macbeth, “nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.”

But if you do, you’ll have missed my point.

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RIP Christopher Hitchens

James Martin, SJ., American Magazine

Someone asked me this morning what I hoped for Christopher Hitchens, the fierce atheist who died after an agonizing bout with esophogeal cancer, and my first response was to say that I hope he’s pleasantly surprised. And I do. I certainly didn’t agree with him on many things (on almost anything, frankly; and I was particularly annoyed at his treatment of Mother Teresa), but I always hoped that somehow he would experience an invitation from God in his earthly life; and I hope that he may now come to know God.

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  1. Reality of Hell: SPL is not denying the reality of hell or that Hitchens almost invariably went into death clinging to his malformed view of the world. For an introduction to the Catholic concept of hell, please explore this article. []