Pope Francis Says Atheists Can Go To Heaven

What the “Hell” is going on with Pope Francis? Is he rewriting Roman Catholic doctrine?

In contrast to his predecessor, Pope Palpatine, who warned against the evils of “aggressive secularism,” Francis recently declared that even atheists can go to Heaven if they do good deeds.

The Pope’s words from Vatican Radio:

“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! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! 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.”

A few have scrambled to twist the Pontif’s words so that they do not contradicting the Church’s teachings. However, he clearly contradicted the doctrine of salvation by the grace of God alone.

In The Council of Trent (Session: 6, Canon: 1), it was stated:

“If anyone says that man can be justified before God by his own works, whether done by his own natural powers or through the teaching of the law, [110] without divine grace through Jesus Christ, let him be anathema.”

Also, salvation achieved by works of righteousness was condemned at the Council of Carthage in A.D. 418. It was here where the Catholic Church condemned the heresies of Pelagius (to revisit the earlier referenced Star Wars, this name reminds me of Darth Plagueis).

So maybe, we are being introduced to a newer/nicer Catholicism. Maybe, the Pope is heading for atheism himself. The doctrine of Hell is always the first to go when we former ministers begin to doubt our faith.

Come to the Dark Side Francis. It is your destiny! Join me, and together, we can rule the galaxy.

Brother Richard

  • swbarnes2

    The pope said “redeemed”, your quote says “saved”…those might really be two different things in Catholic thought.

    • Frank Key

      That is correct. In Protestant-speak redeemed and saved are used interchangeably but in Catholic-speak they are related but two different concepts. Redemption precedes salvation and salvation comes from being a Catholic and being a Catholic is the only path to Heaven.

      • Quid

        Not quite. The specific quote is “outside the Church there is no salvation” The CCC specifies that this doesn’t mean only Catholics can get to heaven, but that all salvation happens through the Church, whether the saved are a visible part of the Church or not.

  • randomfactor

    My understanding is that this is essentially a media blowup over some remarks having to do, essentially, with a minor proposed change in the wording of the Mass. And fairly old too…

  • Brudder

    This pope has said lots, what has he done?

    • Quid

      You mean aside from the millions of poor and destitute he’s helped and encouraged others to help in his few months as pope?

      • Brudder

        Let me measure that ‘help’ with my magical yardstick of measuring.

  • StevesWeb

    I am reluctant to make such a serious accusation, but Francis the Talking Pope seems to be practicing tolerance.

  • Drusuf

    I have to say, I love the Star Wars References!!! The Pope Palpatine picture is Great!

  • Pat

    There is nothing inconsistent about what the Pope said and the doctrine of the Catholic Church. There is more to what he said than this and it has more to do with intent, than belief. Those of you who claim to know Christianity better than Christians should know what the church’s stance is on this and other matters.
    This Pope was merely expanding on his theme of human judgement. That man cannot judge, that Christ’s redemption is for everybody, and people are their own arbitrator of salvation.
    People cease on a few words and not the whole of the teaching.

    If you are an atheist, what do you care what the pope says?
    Is this one of these pity parties that atheists are so put upon and discriminated against? That’s a bunch of whiny BS.

  • ameer jabril

    i give high praise to this new pope and i’m a muslim. May he steer the atheist white west in a better direction its going now as it is lcearly on the moral economic and political decline. Ironic considering atheists like to talk about secular societies being better yet the atheist west is dying while the religious BRICS countries and religious global south r rising to take there place.

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