Pope Francis Says Atheists Can Go To Heaven
So, according to Pope Francis, atheists can get into heaven. Well, if they can walk through the pearly gates, why then are women not allowed to be priests?Okay, see what I just did? Yes, don’t worry about wasting your time trying to rationalize the Catholic churches policy of gender discrimination. Nope, I’m not trying to hear it — besides, I’m an atheist. I know, it’s hard to believe since I’m black, right? Um, we exist, folks.
This from Catholic Online:
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – The Holy Father is full of surprises, born of true and faithful humility. On Wednesday he declared that all people, not just Catholics, are redeemed through Jesus, even atheists.
However, he did emphasize there was a catch. Those people must still do good. In fact, it is in doing good that they are led to the One who is the Source of all that is good. In essence he simply restated the hope of the Church that all come to know God, through His Son Jesus Christ.
Francis based his homily on the message of Christ to his disciples taken from the Gospel of Mark. Francis delivered his message by sharing a story of a Catholic who asked a priest if atheists were saved by Christ.
“They complain,” Francis said, “If he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good.” He explained that Jesus corrected them, “Do not hinder him, he says, let him do good.”
The disciples, Pope Francis explained, “were a little intolerant,” closed off by the idea of possessing the truth, convinced that “those who do not have the truth, cannot do good.” “This was wrong… Jesus broadens the horizon.” Pope Francis said, “The root of this possibility of doing good – that we all have – is in creation.”
“Even them, everyone, we all have the duty to do good, Pope Francis said on Vatican Radio.
“Just do good” was his challenge, “and we’ll find a meeting point.”
Francis explained himself, “The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart, do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can… “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!” 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.”
Okay look, the idea of atheists being in heaven sounds hilarious. Seriously, if you ask me, it makes for the premise of a really cool sitcom. No joke, it would be sort of like the cartoon The Smurfs. Everyone will be singing, praying, or whatever believers say they’ll be doing in heaven (everything but having sex because there are no sex organs beyond the pearly gates), while there are more than a few Grumpy Smurfs fighting for freedom and the ability to get on the next train to purgatory. Yes, that’s how I see it; and it’s especially extra funny considering that I’m a former altar boy.
I’m not sure if Pope Francis’ revelation is one along the lines of esotericism or maybe some shit that was originally on the tablets broken by Moses, but I do know that the pope allegedly has a direct line to God. That said, Pope Francis may want to let somebody in the Vatican know the deal, because according to one Vatican spokesperson, Pope Francis full of shit (yeah, my words not his). And of course, you don’t want to send any mixed messages.
This from CNN:
On Thursday, the Vatican issued an “explanatory note on the meaning to ‘salvation.’”
The Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, said that people who aware of the Catholic church “cannot be saved” if they “refuse to enter her or remain in her.”
At the same time, Rosica writes, “every man or woman, whatever their situation, can be saved. Even non-Christians can respond to this saving action of the Spirit. No person is excluded from salvation simply because of so-called original sin.”
Rosica also said that Francis had “no intention of provoking a theological debate on the nature of salvation,” during his homily on Wednesday.
So, just for shits and giggles, what are your thoughts on atheists being in heaven? For me, if I was a believer, I’d say that Pope Francis is on some bullshit — and I respectfully say that. However, to his point: just because someone doesn’t believe in God, Jesus Christ (or any white man who lives in the sky) doesn’t automatically mean that they’re evil, immoral, and incapable of doing good deeds.