Does the pope realize how weak he looks when the Vatican walks back his remarks about atheists?
When some underling has to be trotted out to “explain” the real meaning of remarks made by the elderly head of an organization, it only makes the boss look like a figurehead, if not also a fool.
Such seems to be the case with something Pope Francis SAID the other day suggesting that atheists who do good can be redeemed:
The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. “But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.” Yes, he can… The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! “Father, the atheists?” Even the atheists. Everyone!.. We must meet one another doing good. “But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!” But do good: we will meet one another there.
If the pope didn’t really mean to say what he seems to have said, wouldn’t it be easy for him to just come forward and explain himself? Wouldn’t that be preferable to having some Vatican bureaucrat tell us what the old guy really meant to say?
The pontiff should be embarrassed by THIS:
After Pope Francis told the world even atheists can go to heaven, the Vatican issued a correction: Atheists are still going to hell.
The Vatican issued an “explanatory note on the meaning of “salvation,” on Thursday, May 23, after media reports circulated indicating that Pope Francis” promised heaven for everyone engaged in good works, including atheists.
In response to the media attention, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, said that people who know about the Catholic church “cannot be saved” if they “refuse to enter her or remain in her.”
(Translation: Atheists are going to Hell if they don’t accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.)
Rosica also said that Francis had “no intention of provoking a theological debate on the nature of salvation,” during his homily on Wednesday.
The current theological confusion began after the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made comments during the homily of his morning Mass on Wednesday, May 22, indicating that atheists would enjoy the fruits of eternal salvation if they were good people.