The belief, known as "universalism" and propagated by Origen (d. 254), that all rational creatures are saved, including the fallen angels and unrepentant sinners. Origenism was first condemned by a synod at Constantinople (543). The Church holds that such a doctrine denies the reality and possibility of damnation and belittles the effect of one's good and evil actions.
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