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Pope: Atheists Have Been Redeemed, Are Good People

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In a surprising move, Pope Francis has come out in defense of atheists.

Reuters reports that the Pope recently spoke on atheists and said that those who do good, regardless of their beliefs, are redeemed. Here are his remarks via Vatican Radio:

“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! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. 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.”

The new Pope’s comments are a stark contrast to a lot of religious leaders that equate atheism with a lack of morals. In this case, the pope is stating that morality is not mutually exclusive to Christianity, or religion, at large. He argues that everybody has the potential for good and that people of all beliefs should come together under the common goal of doing good.

Pope Francis may elaborate on his comments in the coming days via his official Twitter account. It will be interesting to see if he responds to the criticism from some evangelicals who say he went too far.

Pope: Atheists Have Been Redeemed, Are Good People
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  • Ellobern

    I think I like him. A lot.

  • TX Radar

    If an Atheist chooses not to believe and receive Christ as his savior, how can “Doing good” get them into Heaven.

    This is just going to open up a can of worms…

    Just sayin!

    • John

      If a Christian chooses to believe and receive Christ as his savior, how is s/he going to get into heaven since the place doesn’t exist in the first place?

      Just sayin’

  • http://www.yahoo.com Margie Hill

    Did the people make a mistake choosing Pope Francis to be the leader? You must believe that there is a God.We all should do good, why not?

  • http://Webpronews Jaime OSS

    I’ve always been glad to think that God is more patient, more forgiving, more just than humans. Thus anything is possible, even contradictions. When the bible tells us not to judge others, it is asking us to trust God’s wisdom in these difficult questions.

  • RonFrumAmaireeka

    Well, thank God I’m an atheist!

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