Catholics Are SHOCKED After Pope Francis Said THIS!
Pope Francis has, yet again, made a polarizing statement, this time suggesting that it is preferable to be an atheist than a greedy Christian.
“So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others,” said Francis during morning mass on Thursday, “How many times have we heard—all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere—‘But to be a Catholic like that, it’s better to be an atheist.’ It is that: scandal.”
Hypocrites from all religious faiths are nothing new, though hearing about them from Catholicism’s characteristically controversial Pope can really drive the point home.
Francis also wondered aloud what it would be like for a wealthy Christian who meets God and says, “‘Here I am, Lord! I went to Church, I was close to you, I belong to this association, I did this…Don’t you remember all the offerings I made?”
Francis then imagined what Jesus would say in response, “‘Yes, I remember. The offerings, I remember them: All dirty. All stolen from the poor. I don’t know you.’ That will be Jesus’ response to these scandalous people who live a double life.”
Despite probably angering a lot of Christians, many Catholics and agnostics are applauding the Pope’s bluntness:
I’m not a cathlouc but have to say this pope, Pope Francis has impressed me with his integrity and espousing of christian values. https://t.co/3hluG0BO7M
— YamahaKiwi (@YamahaKiwi) February 12, 2017
I like this pope. I’m sick of people getting away with all sorts under the veil of being a ‘so-called’ Christian. https://t.co/c3O2aOMIVG
— Bianca Cappelluto (@bcapp) February 24, 2017
Some, however, disagreed vehemently:
Think about how Christians were prosecuted like WITCHES by the Catholic Church. Just for trusting the Bible more than the Pope.
— Steadfast One (@filixama) February 15, 2017
pope criticising hypocritical Christians….while the bible and religions are full of contradictions and falsehoods
— igb (@Formallyigb) February 24, 2017
Thursday’s sermon was not the first time the Pope lambasted hypocritical Christians.
Back in February 2016, he exposed “fake” Christians who say one thing then do another.
“To be a Christian,” said Francis, “means to do: to do the will of God—and on the last day—because all of us we will have one—that day what shall the Lord ask us? Will He say: ‘What have you said about me?’ No. He shall ask us about the things we did.”
Ironically, the Pope seems to go harder on Christians than atheists, as his past comments suggest.
In regards to atheists, he said, “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!”