I'm afraid A.E. is riding the horse of wishful thinking here. But that's okay, I've never met a Christian who wasn't compelled to do a little cherry picking from time to time to keep their theological needs intact.
Not that I don't like cherries, but I'm not sure what you think is being "picked" here--and from among what? Picking out the truth from the nonsense seems like a good thing to do, and I'm just glad that the current Pope seems to understand hell in the Biblical sense, rather than the pop culture sense.