Pope suggests ‘better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic’

24 Feb


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…


7 responses to “Pope suggests ‘better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic’

  1. ballista74

    February 24, 2017 at 10:49 am

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    • Will S.

      February 24, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      Hey ballista, good to hear from you, been a while!

      Great; will go take a look; looking forward to this! 🙂

  2. aureliusmoner

    February 24, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    In a sense, what he says is true. Holy Tradition is replete with warnings that judgment begins with the household of faith, and that judgment of the Baptized is stricter (just as judgment of priests is stricter, and judgment of bishops stricter still), along with the pains of hell being worse for the baptized.

    The Catholic Faith equips us amply with the means to avoid hell, and even to attain to glory. Therefore we will suffer more, if we have made a mockery of the Faith, than somebody would who never belonged to it.

    But it must also be said, that “hypocrisy” isn’t just falling short. Hypocrisy would be somebody who chides others in public about not keeping the Friday fast, and brags about how well he keeps it, but when nobody is looking, completely disregards it. Hypocrisy would be leading an whole apostolate designed to promote chastity, and holding one’s chastity forth as an example, while secretly visiting every glory hole in town. Holding up Catholic morality as the standard, but failing in one’s personal efforts and ADMITTING those failures (even in a merely general sense), is not hypocrisy: it’s just human. On a certain level hypocrisy is better than open celebration of vice, for the reason you point out: if you’re vicious little weasel, at least be embarrassed enough to hide it – make your vice pay the tribute to virtue. It maintains a public standard, which is important to public morality. But, objectively speaking, Francis (probably accidentally) gets it right: even our Lord said that, for the man who betrays Him, “it would be better for that man, if he had never been born.” Catholics face a stricter judgment and penalty, precisely because we have all the means at our disposal to make grace and glory more attainable.

    • Will S.

      February 24, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      I’m Protestant myself, but I generally concur with your theological reasoning.

      The problem is, we know damn well that Francis is a Latin American ‘liberation theology’ crypto-Marxist. He truly thinks more highly of ‘noble’ atheists, no doubt including the likes of Fidel and Che, than not only of grossly hypocritical types but also faithful Catholics with human failings.

      I wish Benedict was still your pope, not this pretender / charlatan. And I can’t help but wonder who pushed Benedict out.


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