Author Topic: Pope Francis assures sceptics: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven  (Read 455 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline DCPatriot

  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 30,614
Pope Francis assures sceptics: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven
Michael Day


In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.

“Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.”

more:


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pope-francis-assures-sceptics-you-dont-have-to-believe-in-god-to-go-to-heaven-8810062.html

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

"If you want to change the world, go home and love your family".    ...Mother Teresa

Offline sinkspur

  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 28,599
This is perfectly consistent with Catholic teaching.  All men and women who seek to do good and do right can achieve salvation.
From  "A Shining City on a Hill"

To "A global laughingstock"

Offline mountaineer

  • Member
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 34,005
Just being unique doesn't make you useful.

Offline jmyrlefuller

  • J. Myrle Fuller
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 11,920
  • ^^ Actual picture of me.
    • Fullervision
Quote
“You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart.
So far, so good.

Quote
The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.
And... he lost it.

The pontiff seems to forget that the Godless do not recognize a conscience.

In order to receive salvation, one must turn to God and repent of their sins. If one does not recognize God exists, then to whom do they repent? To put one's morality into the fickle human "conscience" is to trust morality in the heart of sin.

The pontiff has committed a grave heresy.
STILL a proud supporter of the Free Conservative Resistance (no affiliation with the left-wing "Resistance")

"Just because people in positions of authority are stupid, it doesn’t mean you have to go along with it." —Arlo Guthrie


Share me

Digg  Facebook  SlashDot  Delicious  Technorati  Twitter  Google  Yahoo
Smf