Who would have guessed that the man in the funny hat is just a figure head? Over the last week or so, we learned that the Pope isn’t in control of the Vatican and that what he says isn’t infallible… okay we already knew that second part.
Last week, Pope Francis infamously stated that atheists are welcome in heaven as long as we are morally good. He talked about meeting us there and how the Church should be less judgmental toward atheists. Personally, I appreciated the gesture but pointed out that I’m not really interested in “redemption.”
Still, it didn’t take long for the Vatican to issue a statement retracting Pope Francis’ statements. Fr. Thomas Rosica, issued the statement “clarifying” the Pope’s comments. He basically said that what the Pope really meant was that if you are not a Catholic, you will burn in Hell for all eternity.
Can a Friar do that? I thought the Pope was the “bull starts here” authority. I thought the Pope was the infallible one and that the Friars just do what he tells them to do. But all this time I had it wrong. Someone else makes up the shit and the Pope tells it to the masses like a puppet.
Others are holding the strings and the Pope is just an actor playing a part. The problem is that this Pope messed up his lines so Friar Rosica had to step in and regulate. I used to question the claims that the Pope was a moral leader because I didn’t think he was moral. Now I don’t even think he is a leader.
He’s like the Mandarin from Iron Man III. Who knows, he might be partying it up with hookers and snorting coke when the cameras aren’t rolling. For the first time in the Church’s history, we have seen behind the curtain.
Check out my Huffington Post article: Dear Pope, Atheists Don’t Need Redemption
- Vatican Confirms Atheists Still Going To Hell, Despite Pope Francis Remarks (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
- The Pope Is Not Humble! (skepticink.com)
- Catholics Want To ‘Talk’ With Atheists (skepticink.com)
- Christphobia? (skepticink.com)
- Interfaith: The very name is exclusive (examiner.com)
- Atheists Are Everywhere! (skepticink.com)