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Pope Francis says atheists can do good and go to heaven too! Comments

Pope Francis has good news for atheists. Jesus died and was raised for them as well. His redemptive embrace was for all, not just a chosen few.The choice to accept its reach is our own. The Holy Father was not teaching anything new. In fact, this hope that all who do not yet know God are not only capable of doing good - but will progress toward that knowledge of God by doing good - is ancient. The Church wants all men and women to be saved. Continue Reading

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  1. JoAnn
    1 year ago

    By some comments here, I am seeing a lot of Catholics who are sounding like Protestants. The Bible says this, the Bible says that, etc. The Bible is NOT the final word on anything. Remember, what John said at the end of his gospel? There are many things Jesus said and did, but there would not be room enough in the world to hold the books to record them. (paraphrasing) Have you all forgotten our Catholic teachings? It is Scripture AND Tradition AND the Teaching Authority of the Church we are to obey. 1 Timothy 3:15 says that it is the CHURCH that is the foundation and bulwark of the "TRUTH" NOT "sola scriptura." If we are to believe the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit, then when Peter speaks (Pope Francis) regarding faith and morals, he speaks for Jesus. I see a lot of Catholics on this site that need to get back to the basics. Some of you may remember the "old" Baltimore Catechisms. We were taught about our awesome Faith from these books in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. You can still buy them today. AND, of course, our Catechism of the Catholic Church which should be in every Catholic home on this planet. Invest in your Faith. In the end, it is our Faith that will save us, not the government. Open your hearts to all people. We are ALL God's children no matter what we believe. God does not want anyone to perish, that's why He sent His Son, and it is God's judgement regarding what happens to all of us. Come on, people. Find the love and understanding that we are all supposed to have towards one another. God bless.

  2. Janice
    1 year ago

    It's kind of sad how atheists use the word 'judging' every time they argue with Christians. It's okay to judge actions- I can judge that what that person did was good, I can also judge that what that other person did was wrong. I am not judging the person- God is the only judge of the individual, but to say we cannot judge actions? This is an erroneous but oh-so-popular argument by many. To tell another person that what they are doing is wrong is not judging them, but loving them.

    Atheists: we do not want you to go to hell. we don't want you to fall for every piece of rubbish that falls from the sky. Unlike so many who "tolerate" what you do- WE LOVE YOU! Come! Not to a stranger's house- but to your HOME- the Catholic Church! Come HOME!

  3. Gerard Deveney
    1 year ago

    I grew up Catholic.I was for 28 years an Evangelical Protestant until returning to the Church four years ago.My foremost reason for returning was my need for Confession and the Holy
    Eucharist,but I also wanted to be a good Catholic and submit to the teachings and authority
    of the Church.I've remained Evangelical,defending the Church and it's mission at every opportunity,and encouraging friends and family to Come Home and receive the fullness of
    faith.
    What Pope Francis said about atheist and good works was vague and confusing and needs
    calcification.In this culture many are struggling to find Truth.It is why many ex Catholic have
    turned to sola scriptura and Evangelical Denominations.
    Those of us who are on the fence need a steady hand at the helm and solid teaching.

  4. Bob
    1 year ago

    So you don't have to believe in of to go to heaven?

  5. Lionel Andrades
    1 year ago

    Jesus died to saved all. This includes atheists.

    This does not contradict Vatican Council II (Ad Gentes 7) which says:

    Therefore, all must be converted to Him, made known by the Church's preaching, and all must be incorporated into Him by baptism and into the Church which is His body. For Christ Himself "by stressing in express language the necessity of faith and baptism (cf. Mark 16:16; John 3:5), at the same time confirmed the necessity of the Church, into which men enter by baptism, as by a door. -AG 7

    Neither does it contradict the Catechism of the Catholic Church

    Outside the Church No Salvation (CCC 846)

    Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.-Ad Gentes 7 (Catechism of the Catholic Church 846)

    It does not contradict the traditonal teaching on mission and evangelization ,which says all non Catholics are on the way to Hell unless they convert into the Catholic Church.

    So it is a false catechesis here by the Huffington Post.

    All people,including atheists need Catholic Faith and the baptism of water for salvation.(AG 7,CCC 846 etc). If there was an atheist saved by doing good, we would not know this case personally and neither would this possibility be an exception to Vatican Council II and the Catechism of the Catholic.
    -Lionel Andrades

  6. lester
    1 year ago

    .....im very happy!,for the first time i found this web,i didnt read readings or heard here in saudi arabia.," the message is very helpful for me to understand the content& explained very well the readings....that Christ is an example to us!, in which his life is very memorable.,He doing good to explain us the message of our loving Father,,to explain the Love of almighty father......doing good is in need to have a better world."

  7. Scott
    1 year ago

    for those trying to reinterpret what the pope said.
    http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/381896/3/Pope-Francis-defends-atheists-against-backlash

  8. James Azanza
    1 year ago

    It is frightening that a Pope would say this. Is the first commandment no longer in force or something?! But there is a sinister little game being played here by those posing as clerics. The article contains a paragraph that states:
    "We are judged by a just God who will welcome us based on what we have done with what we knew. Those who do not know God will be judged on the good they have done and the values lived by, to paraphrase a quote oft attributed to the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius."
    That statement may have been true in Roman times when widespread knowledge of Christ was not yet developed. And those who did not know Christ suffered a condition that would have prevented them from entering heaven: the lack of Sanctifying Grace that comes from the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. If they lived a good life, they would not be condemned for they would have no guilt. However, they would remain in limbo. Today, however, there are more people who have abandoned the Faith than there are needing to hear it. Today it is a matter of personal choice and no longer condition. Invincible ignorance would be very hard to prove indeed in this age of information. What another shameful attempt to twist reality.
    The Pope is just as bound by the Faith as all of us are. He has no authority over it. He has authority to govern the Church, not invent new elements of faith. He has created scandal and should be censured by the faithful. When the faithful know they are being misled, they have a RIGHT to demand accountability.
    Will SOMEONE in the Church please speak clearly again instead of speaking in circles?! After half a century, we are tired of it already! Our ears are weary of hearing only nonsense. Our minds are numb from all of the fancy sounding encyclicals that leave us with more questions than answers. This is not the way of the Church! Where has our Church gone??

  9. Daris
    1 year ago

    As an atheist all my life, I just want to add that this pope has my attention. One of the biggest turn-offs of Christianity for me is the obvious hypocrisy. So many just give lip service and act superior, and focus on condemnation and judgment of people like me. But this guy is different - he dresses down, he is humble, he washes the feet of the poor, he expresses love for EVERYONE. In short, he walks the walk. As an outsider, it seems unfortunate to me that someone walking the walk of your religion STANDS OUT like he does. How many people commenting here are more interested in puffing themselves up and frantically trying to cite ways to maintain a status of looking down on people rather than just loving everyone like Jesus does in your book? Jesus was INCLUSIVE. Take a lesson from your pope, and consider that his way might bring more people to God than your hypocritical attitude of exclusion and superiority.

  10. Edwin Sullivan
    1 year ago

    Your headline is very misleading; why don/t you just write what the Pope said.


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