Pope Francis calls on Christians to accept the good works atheists perform

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Source: Raw Story

Citing biblical scripture from the Gospel of Mark, Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned those who sought to drive a wedge between atheists and believers.

“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. He must. Not can: must! Because he has this commandment within him. Instead, this ‘closing off’ that imagines that those outside, everyone, cannot do good is a wall that leads to war and also to what some people throughout history have conceived of: killing in the name of God,” he said according to Vatican Radio. “That we can kill in the name of God. And that, simply, is blasphemy. To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.”

In the homily of his morning Mass, the Pope also added that nonbelievers could be redeemed through good works despite their lack of faith.

“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!” he said.

“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.”

It is not the first time Pope Francis has voiced solidarity with atheists. In March, he said atheists and nonbelievers could be “precious allies in efforts to defend the dignity of man, in the building of a peaceful coexistence between peoples and in the careful protection of creation.”

Father James Martin, a member of the Jesuit order, told the Huffington Post that such teachings had long been a part of the church.

“But rarely do you hear it said by Catholics so forcefully, and with such evident joy,” he added. “And in this era of religious controversies, it’s a timely reminder that God cannot be confined to our narrow categories.”

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  • Robert

    The Supreme Laws of the Church are its defined Dogmas and Doctrines – as the 1st Vatican Council declared that the Holy Ghost was not given to the Church to invent or declare new revelations or doctrines but only to transmit what was given by Our Lord and the Apostles.
    It has thrice being Infallibly Defined by Holy Mother Church that “Outside the Church there is no salvation” you must die a baptized Catholic in order to be saved and be in the state of grace, that is, have no mortal sins on your soul, however if you die a Catholic with mortal sin on your soul, serious sin or sins unforgiven and unrepentant, you will suffer the most excruciating pains of hell, more than any other, as you had the truth and the responsibility of the true faith.
    No matter what Pope Fancis say’s in his “private” homilies or teachings, as in this case, he is entirely not only wrong, but sins seriously against the faith; a pope can go to hell as easy as any one else for teaching error, in this case heresy if this is true. Nothing the Church (or Pope) teaches can ever contradict what the Church has already defined – de fide.