I can't remember the last time I heard a homily that mentioned the reality of hell, but at least the Pope isn't afraid to talk about it. Isn't it the duty of the Church to remind us of the existence of hell? It seems all we hear about is the mercy of God, which of course is paramount to our faith, but a little fear of hellfire goes a long way towards reminding us that the devil is real; something that seems to have been overlooked in recent years.
If the only exposure to the Catholic faith you get is going to Church on Sundays, and you don't read the writings of the saints or other Catholic authors, where are you going to get educated about the temptations and powers of the devil? Certainly not from the homilies I have heard. The average Novus Ordo homily I hear never mentions the devil, and it kind of makes one wonder about the complacency of the modern Church in overlooking this very important teaching element of the faith. The devil is more powerful now than ever. Just look at the evils of society, with abortion, divorce, euthanasia, gay marriage and the acceptance of all kinds of sin that used to be frowned upon. Why aren't our priests expounding upon these societal pitfalls and using the homilies as an opportunity to educate and instruct the faithful to a fuller knowledge of their faith? After all, they have a huge responsibility before God to bring as many souls as they can to eternal life. A little preaching on eternal damnation might just be the right balance to the homilies on "God is love." After all, we are all sinners in need of salvation.