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What Did Pope Francis REALLY Say About Atheists? Comments

Pope Francis really did say: "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics.  Everyone! . . . . Even the atheists.  Everyone!"  For one, I do not find this statement controversial in the least.  In fact, I would find it controversial if the Pope had not said exactly this.  The statement of the Pope is a good, if informal, statement of Church dogma. To ... Continue Reading

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  1. Robert
    1 year ago

    You can try to candy-coat it all you want on this site but what he said was nothing short of unreal, shocking and just way apart from the Scriptures. He's trying to be too liberal and open to everyone without taking a stand, there ya go.....It is what it is.

  2. BethL
    1 year ago

    Im glad your "panic attack" was halted. What could you possibly be afraid of,.....wasting your time on earth with the blessings of living a life made much easier to tolerate in faith only to run into non believers in heaven. It sounds to me like ungratefulness. At the end, God will judge. The church is not a country club.

  3. john
    1 year ago

    1.Isaiah 64:6
    But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.

    John 3
    [ The New Birth ] There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” ...

  4. Billy
    1 year ago

    Why not just clarify directly with Pope Francis. There is no need to analyse and guess.

  5. Jere
    1 year ago

    That's pretty much the way I understood his statement. Christ died once, and his death and resurrection provided redemption to all of us - but we must claim it through faith in Him, and repentance from our sinful ways. (Let's not get into the details of salvation, please, I'm not here to nitpick or be nitpicked.)

    It's like when Walmart offers a coupon to anyone who wants to buy a particular product - the coupon is there for everyone, but only those who claim it and use it get the savings.

    The basic truth remains: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; No man comes unto the Father but by Me." It is impossible to gain the treasures of Heaven without first accepting the gift of Salvation made possible through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.

  6. rafaelmarie
    1 year ago

    Vatican corrects Pope: Atheists are still going to hell

    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. Francis 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!

    We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. 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.

  7. Logger76
    1 year ago

    It still doesn't click even if he meant "redemption (through Christ) but not "justification that leads to salvation". For one, if it had been Christ's crucification that was performed for "all men", then whether or not another did "good deeds" would be irrelevant. Yet Pope Francis specifically mentioned atheist who "does good deed" can also be saved.

  8. Gio
    1 year ago

    The TV coverage I saw on Fox News of our Blessed Pope Francis' statement was used to incite their highly Protestant Evangelical viewer base. When I saw this, I knew it would be sensationalized on print media as well with provocative titles. Let us all be reminded that our Blessed Pope Francis is merely stating a fact, 1 John 2:1-2 (NRSV-CE):
    "My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world."

  9. Ross Moore
    1 year ago

    Great article. I am happy that we have such a clever Pope. I can only imagine that his truth of what he spoke was to spark the interest of those who are not living the faith, those who are outside the faith and those who want more understanding of the most beautiful faith.
    Thank God for the Church!

  10. Joseph
    1 year ago

    An excellent analysis and explanation of the Pope's true meaning.

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