Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of “many” Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.
In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his residence, he said: “It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life.”
“There are those who say ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association’,” the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church said, according to a Vatican Radio transcript.
He said that some of these people should also say “‘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’.”
How would it be better?
Wouldn’t it be better to have some level of faith, however imperfectly lived, rather than outright rejecting God?
La Rochefoucauld said ‘hypocrisy is the tribute vice renders to virtue’, so there is even some residual good in hypocritical Christians.
By contrast, here‘s what God thinks of atheists.
I wonder what God thinks of Pope Francis?
Actually; that’s not true: I don’t really wonder; I have an hunch…