>> Pope Francis criticizing some members of his own church Thursday, suggesting that it's better to be an atheist than one of, quote, many Catholics who he says lead a double life. The comments delivered in a sermon broadcast on Vatican radio, in which the Pope said that hypocritical Catholics should admit, quote.
My life is not Christian, I don't pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, I lead a double life. There are many Catholics who are like this, and they cause scandal. How many times have we all heard people say, if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist?
This is not the first time the Pope has gone after members of his church. Since his election in 2013, the Pope has often told Catholics, both priests and laypeople, to practice what their religion preaches. He has condemned sexual abuse of children by priests as being tantamount to a Satanic mass, told Catholics in the Mafia to ex-communicate themselves, and asked his own cardinals to not act as if they were princes.
It's also not the first time he's expressed compassion for atheists. Less than two months after his election, Pope Francis said all human beings, even atheists, can be redeemed, and that Christians should see atheists as good people if they do good.>>