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Pope suggests ‘it’s better to be an atheist than a hypocritical catholic’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Grzegorz Galazka/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock (8423061h) Pope Francis Pope Francis weekly general audience, Vatican City, Rome, Italy - 22 Feb 2017
Pope Francis spoke at a sermon today (Picture: Grzegorz Galazka/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock)
Pope Francis has seemed to suggest it is better to be an atheist than one of ‘many’ Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.
During a speech delivered earlier today in Rome, the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church delivered another criticism of some members.

The Pope described ‘saying one thing and doing another’ as a ‘scandal’.
In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass, he added that some people are living a ‘double life’.
According to a Vatican Radio transcript, he said: ‘There are those who say “I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association”.’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Evandro Inetti/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock (8423060d) Pope Francis Pope Francis weekly general audience, Vatican City, Rome, Italy - 22 Feb 2017
He condemned ‘scandal’ (Picture: Evandro Inetti/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock
 He added that some of people should also be saying: ‘My life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life.
‘There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal’, he said.

‘How many times have we all heard people say “if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist.” It is that, scandal. You destroy. You beat down.’

He added that ‘scandal’ is a ‘grave offence’.

He said: ‘Anyone who uses the power at his disposal in such a way that it leads others to do wrong becomes guilty of scandal and responsible for the evil that he has directly or indirectly encouraged.’
Since his election in 2013, Francis has often told Catholics, both priests and lay people, to practice what their religion preaches.

He has also condemned sexual abuse of children by priests as being tantamount to a ‘Satanic Mass’.
The Pope also said Catholics in the mafia excommunicate themselves, and told his own cardinals to not act as if they were ‘princes’.
Less than two months after his election, he also said Christians should see atheists as good people if they do good.

Source: Metro News

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