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Pope Francis Says It’s Better to be an Atheist Than a Hypocritical Christian

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Feb 27
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In a homily during a recent mass, Pope Francis called out Christians who act hypocritically, saying they are worse than atheists.

“So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others. How many times have we heard — all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere — ‘But to be a Catholic like that, it’s better to be an atheist.’ It is that: scandal,” the Pope said during a mass at Casa Santa Marta on Thursday.

The Pope went on to reference the passage of Scripture in which those who believe they are Christians tell Jesus about all their good works, but Jesus says He never knew them.

“Here I am, Lord! … I went to Church, I was close to you, I belong to this association, I did this… Don’t you remember all the offerings I made?” the Pope paraphrased, according to

“Yes, I remember,” Francis said Jesus would respond. “The offerings, I remember them: All dirty. All stolen from the poor. I don’t know you.”

The Pope also seemed to imply that God will evaluate what good things we did on earth.

“To be a Christian means to do: to do the will of God — and on the last day — because all of us we will have one — that day what shall the Lord ask us? Will He say: ‘What you have said about me?’ No. He shall ask us about the things we did.”


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Publication date: February 27, 2017