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Vatican damage control: Atheists are still going to hell

Posted by on May. 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM
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Vatican Representative: Just to Be Clear, Atheists Are Still Going to Hell

Yesterday, I posted about something interesting Pope Francis said in a recent homily — namely, that even atheists could be “redeemed” if they were good people:

“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.

Many atheists thought it was pretty damn nice of the Pope to say that… even if the idea of being “saved” or “redeemed” thanks to Christ’s death is all made up.

We all knew that sense of one-ness and actions-speak-louder-than-prayers wasn’t going to last very long. As the Pope’s words made their way around the world, a Vatican spokesman had to do some damage control and remind everybody thatatheists, in fact, are going to hell unless they accept Jesus:

Rev. Thomas Rosica

On Thursday, the Vatican issued an “explanatory note on the meaning to ‘salvation.’”

The Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, said that people who know about the Catholic church “cannot be saved” if they “refuse to enter her or remain in her.”

(That’s what she said.)

Okay, okay, so that’s what we were expecting all along. Atheists, according to Christians, are going to hell unless we accept Christ’s divinity. We already knew that. It was still an unusual and welcome gesture from the Pope to recognize that everyone, regardless of beliefs, can do good and “be saved” — at least it was a step up from what we’re used to hearing.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/05/24/vatican-representative-just-to-be-clear-atheists-are-still-going-to-hell/

by on May. 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM
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Cutenessmom
by Bronze Member on May. 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM
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sidesplittinglaughter Judge not unless U be judged!

Cutenessmom
by Bronze Member on May. 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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My Athestic husband  says he will have alot of their priests as company then lol!

Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on May. 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM
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What's the difference between redemption & salvation again, according to Catholics?

Hate Is NOT a Family Value.

KaleaLani
by Gold Member on May. 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM
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Meh I'll bring the tequila.
Middlemom32
by Member on May. 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Sad. I was kind of developing high hopes for this new pope: (.
glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on May. 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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some bat religion, same bat book, new bat asshole

Quoting Middlemom32:

Sad. I was kind of developing high hopes for this new pope: (.


kellysparkles
by Member on May. 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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Ehh makes no difference where they think I'll go. I know I'll just go in the ground.
Pema_Jampa
by Ruby Member on May. 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM
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sidesplittinglaughterBHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

JUST TO BE CLEAR...

babyfever2011
by New Member on May. 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM
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I'll bring the limes & salt!


Quoting KaleaLani:

Meh I'll bring the tequila.

Pema_Jampa
by Ruby Member on May. 24, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Well not being clear about who is and isn't going to hell surely is sinning. Just saying..

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