Wednesday, May 29, 2013
WE CAN ALL BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF, ATHEISTS WILL GO TO HELL AFTER ALL, THAT'S WHAT IS BEING REPORTED
As some of you know, when Pope Francis said that God loved atheists and those who are not Catholic and that even they are capable of good works,for which they should be praised, since God imprints the design of love on to each person created in the image and likeness of God, not a few thought the pope meant that everyone is going to heaven including atheists. Well, we can breathe a sigh of relief now that the Vatican has set the record straight at least in the mind of a reporter writing for a news organization I haven't heard of, Newser:
Vatican: Oops, Atheists Still Hell-Bound
Looking a little toasty for Protestants, too
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2013 1:37 AM CDT | Updated May 29, 2013 8:05 AM CDT
(Newser) – Pope Francis' admission that atheists are capable of doing good has been followed by a Vatican statement clarifying that the Church still believes atheists are going to hell. In a corrective statement that suggests people misunderstood the pontiff's remarks, a Vatican spokesman stresses that the Church believes all salvation "comes from Christ, the Head, through the Church which is his body," meaning those with awareness of the Catholic Church who "refuse to enter her or remain in her ... cannot be saved," Salon reports.
The spokesman also makes it clear that Church doctrine considers salvation off-limits to members of other religions and other branches of Christianity, although people who have never been exposed to Christianity might still have a shot. "Catholics do not adopt the attitude of religious relativism which regards all religions as on the whole equally justifiable," he writes. The pope's original comments, in which he said the "Lord has redeemed all of us," were welcomed by surprised atheist groups, the Christian Post reports.
MY COMMENT: OH, WHAT A RELIEF IT IS!