Lots of hoopla based on low knowledge reports…
Pope Francis raised a lot of eyebrows Wednesday after saying all people who do good works, including atheists, are going to heaven.
At least, that’s how the Huffington Post interpreted Pope Francis’ Wednesday morning homily.
Here’s what Pope Francis really said about atheists:
Stephen Driscoll / CNA
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, 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 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.
Apparently, HuffPo doesn’t understand the difference between redemption and salvation because here’s how they reported on the pope’s remarks: