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Vatican Corrects Pope: Atheists Still Going To Hell

The Vatican Explains, Atheists Still Going To Hell

The Vatican corrected The Pope, pointing out that atheists are still going to hell. In his May 22 mass, Pope Francis made a bold statement that even atheists have been redeemed with the Blood of Christ. Now a Vatican spokesman has clarified the comments, contending that atheists can still expect to go to hell.

Pope Francis’ address was broadcast on Vatican Radio on May 22. The theme of the mass was simply “doing good.” The Pope explained that every man and women was created in the likeness of God, and therefore should and must do good. He specifically pointed out that everyone, not just Catholics, are capable of doing good.

Pope Francis then went on to explain what he meant by “everyone”:

“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 we all have a duty to do good.”

In his closing prayer, Pope Francis speaks further about doing good. The Pope highlights the fact that good must be done by everyone “a work of the family,” as we are all “children of God.”

The following day Vatican spokesman The Reverend Thomas Rosica, issued an “explanatory note.” The Vatican corrected The Pope’s previous statements, pointing out that atheists are still going to hell.

In the note, Rosica explained that those who “refuse to enter” the Catholic Church “cannot be saved.” He clarified Pope Francis’ intention by pointing out that anyone is capable of being saved, only if they choose to convert to Catholicism.

As reported by CNN, Pope Francis has made several statements that seem to suggest movement toward unity and acceptance. Following his election in March, Pope Francis called for the unity of all men and women despite religious belief:

“In this we feel the closeness also of those men and women who, while not belonging to any religious tradition, feel, however the need to search for the truth … who are our precious allies in efforts to defend the dignity of man, in the building of a peaceful coexistence between peoples.

As Pope Francis seems to appeal to unity, the Vatican has corrected The Pope’s intentions. The Vatican spokesman, and other Catholic leaders, agree that unity and salvation can be granted. However, conservative leaders point out that the only way is through the Catholic Church. The issue will likely continue to be a topic of debate. Conservative and more liberal Catholic leaders often have difficulty finding common ground.

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115 Responses to “Vatican Corrects Pope: Atheists Still Going To Hell”

  1. Brian Noonan

    This article is ridiculous. It does not quote the "correction" nor the Pope's original comments. The Pope pointed out that Christ died for everyone. Yet, people can still choose Hell. The two are not mutually exclusive.

  2. Neil Rankin

    Anyone who believes that people who don't believe like they do belong in a place like hell are insane. That is just a disgusting outlook. It's also judgmental as hell, sick and deranged way of thinking that has no place ins the modern world.

  3. Emmanuel Chito Santos

    Rosica belongs to a medieval mindset "extra ecclesia nulla salutem"… how can the enjoyment of salvation, heaven, and the infinite mercy of God be incumbent to belonging to a specific religious sect? I wonder what Christ himself thinks about that, for all that he's been through?

  4. Irene Sennett

    Hey – who's in charge over there? Isn't the Pope's word the final word? I really like this guy – he is not hypocritical as so many in his religion are. Having gone to Catholic school for 12 yrs, there is so much hypocrisy in the fact that if you're not with them, you're against them. I don't think Jesus would have behaved that way. Just because someone might be an atheist, doesn't mean they aren't a good person. Many times atheists are better people than those proclaiming God all the time. Amen.

  5. Juan Ruiz

    Christ came specially for Atheists. The pope is right, the Vatican is sometimes too regulatory when it comes to salvation. We humans can get in the way of God's grace with our rules and regulations. We can become too righteous like the Sadducees and Pharisees of Jesus' time. We need to let go and let God work his grace upon the unbelievers. Peace!

  6. James Hoyt

    If there was a GOD you would think he could communicate with just one person on EARTH the POPE? If he can't talk to GOD who can?

  7. Barbara Dunphy Mazzocca

    So the Pope tries to bring people towards Christ and the Church, while the Vatican, once again, frightens and bullies them away. Keep at it, Pope Francis, God is with you!

  8. Royce Zant

    Good point. As usual, things get twisted. As I understand it, the Pope is speaking to the fact that God is the only judge of a person at the moment of death. God knows the heart of all people. The fact is that anyone who goes to heaven does so through the death, resurrection, and grace of Jesus Christ.

  9. Anonymous

    Why is it that people praise a man far far more than God who created the Universe and all that is in it including life, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Jennifer, Mary, Alan, Julio etc… If you do not believe in God, His Books, Angels, Prophets, the Day of Judgment, Heaven and Hell then think again and reconsider because the only think that is eternal is the spiritual life. This life? it's a snap to test your soul. Too short but long enough for testing.

  10. Anonymous

    This is why I am EXTREMELY anti-Catholic. Catholicism is a man-made religion where it just isn't enough to believe in and follow Christ. You also MUST follow the rules of the church or you will not go to heaven. My personal mission in my Christian walk has been to tell everyone I know that the Catholic religion is incorrect, that there is no such thing as "baptising away" original sin. There is no such thing as purgatory. Purgatory was an invention by the Catholic church hundreds of years ago to get people to pay indulgences to the church in order to be saved….

    I actually like what the pope had to say. Jesus died for ALL man, including athiests. Don't Catholics read the bible? A person can be saved no matter what they have done in their life. Paul, the greatest missionary in history who wrote all those letters that are books in the new testament, killed and persecuted Christians before he found the Lord, so everyone can be redeemed. Thank you Pope Francis for speaking the truth!

  11. John King

    Rosica, I would really appreciate it if you would go back to you regular job of car salesman. All of us are made in the likeness of God no matter what or if any religion is involved. Maybe you are a snakeoil sales type guy.

  12. Anonymous

    Nobody will pay for my sins, nor do I want to because that's darn selfish. I am responsible for all my actions and all I do, I will ace the consequences, in good or in bad. Someone paying for my sins? It only means that I can do all evil I want. Amazing but absurd logic!

  13. Ariel Frost Kokas

    If you are an atheist and believe there is a hell why, wouldn't you therefore believe there's a god?

  14. Park Lovel

    Wrong, the Pope is the vessel of God, therefore his word is final. Them's the rules. But seriously, fuck the Vatican and fuck the Catholic Church.

  15. Anonymous

    Whoever wrote this article has his head up his butt. The Vatican doesn't correct the Pope; the hands and feet don't correct the head of the Church. Besides, the Pope was absolutely correct in what he said. God loves all of us, and all of us are redeemed – even though some of us will reject his redemption. If atheists choose to do that, well, then that's their choice, and they can go to hell.

  16. Michelle Mizer-Schultz

    Atheists around the world are shuttering at this latest proclamation! The very comments by both parties are nothing but rhetoric, if you don't believe in God, you don't believe in heaven and hell. To everybody's points, religions that take the interpretation to include only its followers is the very contradictions that lead us to question the whole thing in the first place. Such egocentrism!

  17. Ariel Frost Kokas

    The pope needs to get his facts straight (from ahem the bible) instead of making stuff up. Also doing good things doesn't get you into heaven, walking with and having a relationship with Jesus does

  18. Anonymous

    It doesn't. While some of us enjoy God's revelation more fully than others, to limit the ability of anyone else to attain salvation is to put limits on God's mercy, which is limitless. (That's right from the Catholic Catechism.)

  19. Mike Shelton

    The Pope is correct all men and women were redeemed when Christ went to the cross, but they have to believe in Christ in order to be saved, John thee 16, says it all but man can't received the finished work of the Cross until they believe in God the SON. There is two issues at work.

  20. Somchai Supawanich

    Those who did not know Christ like Jesus's grand parents, people of previous generations and good men and woman all over the world who are not Catholic must have been in hell and are going to hell according to Vatican, what a bunch of idiots!

  21. Anonymous

    Atheists do not care if the pope or any other religious figure, thinks they are going to hell, or Santa's magic workshop, or The Land of OZ, or any other fictional realm after they die.

  22. Andrea Jolley Maschak

    Omg so frustrating…. When I hear stuff like this it bothers me so much..

  23. Enoch Bonham

    I like the pope of the vatican today. if this "vatican" perse says that aetheists are going to hell then GAY PRIESTS are likewise will go to hell. We all have hope and no ONE as in no ONE cannot judge a person whether he/she is an aetheist, a muslim, a buddhist, because in the end only God knows.

  24. Enoch Bonham

    I like the pope of the vatican today. if this "vatican" perse says that aetheists are going to hell then GAY PRIESTS are likewise will go to hell. We all have hope and no ONE as in no ONE cannot judge a person whether he/she is an aetheist, a muslim, a buddhist, because in the end only God knows.

  25. Robbie Gow

    Wow, I guess the catholic church is slowly moving away from being a bunch of bigoted, ignorant fuckwi… and it's gone.

  26. Anonymous

    I'm Catholic, but I hate to read this Vatican I-sounding stuff. The fate of an atheist is between he/she and God.

  27. Stellar Spine

    People don't choose Hell. That's just ridiculous — all the Chinese, all the Jews, everyone, they all "choose" Hell? No, they simply don't believe your particular lunacy (they have their own).

  28. Stellar Spine

    People don't choose Hell. That's just ridiculous — all the Chinese, all the Jews, everyone, they all "choose" Hell? No, they simply don't believe your particular lunacy (they have their own).

  29. Anonymous

    I"m like borderline Atheist not all the way there yet but with the way hateful people like the Vatican sound no wonder people become Atheist's. I would say to the Vatican, See you in Hell.

  30. Darrell Clingman

    I'm ok with going to "hell". I guess it's somewhere south – but then you have to deal with the Earth being slightly off axis…The Catholic church has had the biggest scam going for centuries. It's all contrived and built up to keep Constantine in power in 325AD at the Council of Nicea. There's so much rewriting of the New Testament to try to keep the prophecies in line – it's a joke. If you actually READ the Bible…

    Can we all not believe in magic and the supernatural, and stop having this man have control over us? The Catholic Church has a TON to answer for. They do not have a moral ground to stand on. Rwanda is the most Christian country in the world (churches per population), and the Catholic priests there aided in the genocide in the 1990's. Many guilty priests were pulled out of there before they were tried for crimes by the Vatican – sound familiar?

  31. Anonymous

    I'm atheist; this rubbish does not concern me. I'll keep my $$$ by not tithing, keep my virginity by distrusting all priests behind me, and keep my sanity by not believing in invisible omnipotent ghosts with other-worldly powers.

  32. Anonymous

    I'm atheist; this rubbish does not concern me. I'll keep my $$$ by not tithing, keep my virginity by distrusting all priests behind me, and keep my sanity by not believing in invisible omnipotent ghosts with other-worldly powers.

  33. Anonymous

    I'm atheist; this rubbish does not concern me. I'll keep my $$$ by not tithing, keep my virginity by distrusting all priests behind me, and keep my sanity by not believing in invisible omnipotent ghosts with other-worldly powers.

  34. Anonymous

    I'm atheist; this rubbish does not concern me. I'll keep my $$$ by not tithing, keep my virginity by distrusting all priests behind me, and keep my sanity by not believing in invisible omnipotent ghosts with other-worldly powers.

  35. Michael McVey

    The truth according to Scripture – and the Catechism – is in between. One must be a Christian (a believer in Jesus Christ) to be saved, but not necessarily a member of the Catholic Church.

  36. Joan Pendleton

    The theology of the Catholic Church is that anyone can be saved baptized Catholic or not if he leads a good life. It does not specifically mention atheists but state that those who are good, have in effect,"baptism of desire'– in other words the desire to live a righteous life. ten Commandments and Golden Rule Jesus Himself says in The Gospel of John 14- that he does not judge but that people are judged re their Commandment and Rule performance. This can all be Googled. Why can't the Vatican Google their own theology? Francis is right.

  37. Anonymous

    That's okay… atheists don't believe in hell anymore than they believe in god! :P

  38. Oscar Gomez-Montes

    If this Pope keeps on the way he is going, I see his future as Pope John Paul I.Remember, he forgot his heart pills and died on his sleep just a few month after being elected.Weird but then this is normal in Vatican history.It is very dangerous to get away from what the Curia sees the church should do and presents.John Paul I wanted to change a lot of established norms in the Catholic Church such as priests celibacy, ordination of women and how the church deals with Latin America, Africa and Asia and their poor people.Pope Francis better be careful how he procedes or he may "forget his heart pills".Get it.Lets not forget that John Paul I death is still cloud in mystery.

  39. Oscar Gomez-Montes

    No.The power is not on the Pope.He is only the front.The power is on the Curia.They run the Vatican and how it deals with the world.If he strays away from their set course,he dies.Remember John Paul I with all his ideas of change and he "forgot his heart pills".Normal for these things to happen in the Vatican although not in modern times but the "modus operandi" has not change.The Curia owns the Vatican and runs it according to their ways.Period…

  40. Anonymous

    The Pope is simply saying that "if you do good", you will be saved. You don't have to be a Catholic. I don't think Mary Magdalene was a Catholic.

  41. Dust Oxford

    I thought the final word was with God…..I'm not religious or anything, but I don't think the Vatican has any say in anything. I mean….have they ever seen God in person? I'd assume not. So how do they know?

  42. Anonymous

    I think hypocrites like Catholics will go to hell ( if I believed in such nonsense).

  43. Anonymous

    Earth to Vatican. Earth to Vatican. Bronze age myths aren't real. You're all wrong. Man created the gods, their myths, their books and their religions. Why else is it that God can't speak except through a man; can't write a book except through a man; can't get His work done except through men; and can't run His own religion except through men. If God did not have the timely help of Almighty Man, He'd never get anything done. Bottom line: There is no heaven, there is no Hell, stop living in the bronze age and join the 21st Century.

  44. Anonymous

    I think hypocrites like Catholics go to Hell(if I believed in such nonsense).

  45. Anonymous

    Even Catholics can go to heaven… IF they repent of trusting in their man-made religion and trust in the blood of Christ alone.

  46. Franklin Braddy

    I have a problem with your statement – what of all the people who lived on the planet "before" Jesus became the staple of religion? They did not walk with or have a relationship with him – did they automatically go to hell? Or did they get a boon? Because they surely did not get a shot at salvation since ONLY through Christ can you be redeemed – I guess a more direct question would be – When will people recognize that all "religions" are complete drivel created by man to control people?

  47. Wendi Yermal

    To be honest, Jesus said that his blood would be spilled for all of us…NOT just a certain group of people. ALL means Catholics, Islamists, Buddhists, Hindi, and YES even atheists. Pope Francis is a good man going 'back to the basics', and accepting people for WHO THEY ARE, not what they have done.

  48. Anonymous

    Sorry Vatican, no do-overs! It goes like this: GOD -> Pope -> Truth.
    I guess now the only folks in Hell will be murderers and pedophile catholic priests!

  49. Stephen Hill Jr.

    Redeemed and saved are different. Whoever wrote this article doesn't have a clue. The Pope is right that atheists are redeemed just as all of humanity. But saved is another thing. Redeemed is like education now being free and anyone can go to school. Saved is like graduating while those who were not saved dropped out.

  50. Anonymous

    I've been keeping my eye on the Catholic church for nearly 50 years. It's quickly headed back to the practices of the Middle Ages, and when this occurs, watch out! Christ died for everyone: homosexual, atheists, child molesters and even me. And you want to hear what is extraordinary? He died even for You! EVERYONE has an opportunity to receive salvation except those who refuse. So, if "you" can make it in, look for the prostitute, crack smoker/dealer, molester and homosexual walking hand in hand with the atheists, too. But, you might not see this if "you" don't choose to allow God to do His work in your heart and life. Catholicism, by no means, given carte blanc regarding entering into the Kingdom.

  51. Youth Soccer Coach

    The two Abhramic faiths have the common flaw of God monopolization. They need to learn from the Dharmic traditions the greater truth that the divine manifests itself in infinite ways and there are multiple paths to the divine…across cultures, relgions and time.

  52. Youth Soccer Coach

    The two Abhramic faiths have the common flaw of God monopolization. They need to learn from the Dharmic traditions the greater truth that the divine manifests itself in infinite ways and there are multiple paths to the divine…across cultures, relgions and time.

  53. Anonymous

    Don't reporters know enough to research topics before they look like idiots? The pope didn't need correcting by the Vatican, they merely clarified his statement for the ignorant. It has always been orthodox and catholic Christian doctrine that the blood of Christ has redeemed all people. The distinction comes in that most don't accept and trust that redemption for their salvation, and it is only unbelief and non-repentance that condemns… all have sinned, Christian and unbeliever alike, and no human works can save one's self.

  54. Aaron Kren

    "Whoever is not with me is against me" – Jesus (Matt 12:30) Jesus had no problem declaring that some people were a part of his Kingdom and some were not. I haven't meant an atheist that wasn't a good person. Nobody is arguing that atheists can't do good or be moral people. However, Jesus said you must be his followers to enter his Kingdom, not just be a good doer.

  55. Anonymous

    While you're quite right about the Rwanda situation, on much of the rest you exhibit either great ignorance of Christian history or have gullibly swallowed a great deal of modern revisionist theology from some unreliable, probably self-serving sources. I'm no fan of Roman Catholicism, and agree that the institutional Church of all denominations (and non-denominations) has much for which it needs repentance and reform, but biblical Christianity (if it were followed properly) has much to recommend it.

  56. Aaron Kren

    Translation: "You religious people who think you know the truth are wrong. I have the grasp on truth. You should listen to ME instead, because I am right."

  57. Anonymous

    What are you going to do if you die and find yourself standing before an enraged Zeus, to whom you have never made a single proper sacrifice. Not even a chicken. Millions used to worship Zeus, with all the conviction, or more, that you have for your Jesus. There were thousands of old supernatural teachings and religions! How come you pluck one out of the stack and claim it as the center of the universe? (Because it has been drummed into you since you were a baby, that's why.)

  58. Sokly Sa

    As a Cambodian and being the by-product of a mass genocide, where 25% of the population died through torture, starvation and forced labour, I want to know where was God then?

  59. Northern Hawk Eagle

    Rosica and his likes are the reason why the Roman Catholic Church is seen as an obsolete Medieval Religion. He is a close-minded bigot. Who is he to correct the Pope?

  60. Sabin Prine

    And then people finally woke up to the crap the Vatican serves up. People, really, you all think the omnipresent is sitting there making notes on what rules and requirements…hum, sounds to me you are all pretty brain washed or disfunctional to not use your own minds. You have life, live it.
    Oh and by the way, You all do know the Vatican has all the Pagan symbols still right? You do know they crush the Pagan's, which that was the only way they could rise in power…and now they themselves struggle.
    I hope you all awake to your awareness of your consciousness.
    Peace & Love.

  61. Mark Hamilton

    LOL! I'm sure he's referring to the "Hell" that the Christians invented themselves. Jesus was Jewish. Jews do not believe in Hell or a devil. That's blasphemy in Judaism. Jesus would be appalled that they added all the BS to "his" religion. Regardless, should there be a Hell, there will be PLENTY of Catholic priests, bishops, popes, and nuns there with me. I don't care how many rosaries you do – no way you can buy yourself redemption for raping children. I've never done anything evil in my life. I don't need a threat of hell or a promise of heaven to be a good person. We are innately good. It's bad parents and society that corrupts people. I had good parents with good values. I care more about others than myself. This is what it takes to be good, and to be happy. Stupid religious zealots trying to convert everyone else are responsible for most of the world's greatest injustices. I don't care what you believe. I care what you do.

  62. Leon Anders

    The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Doing good works or being good will not save you . Only the blood of Jesus Christ will save you. If you believe and profess that Jesus is Lord and accept Him as your personal Lord and savior then you can be saved. God sent Jesus to die in our place, to pay the price for our sins with His blood. If someone doesn't believe this then there is no salvation. Jesus never turned His back on a sinner. He said come follow me, come as you are. He accepted thieves and prostitutes etc but like the woman He saved from being stoned for adultery He said neither do I condemn you go and sin no more. God is a God of love and mercy but He is also a God of justice. The wages of sin is death. Only the death of Jesus will pay the price for your sins. But you must accept it. God never forces Himself on any one . God knocks at your door it's up to you to decide if you will let Him in.

  63. Leon Anders

    Umm, What rewriting of the New Testament? The original text hasn't changed. As time goes words mean different things and the new translations help clarify this. For example, The twenty third song. The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. This certainly doesn't mean what it says but when it was written it meant that God will take care of our needs and we won't want for anything.

  64. Hyacinth Nonato

    Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.John 14:6 – It's Jesus it's not CATHOLICISM.

  65. Sani Mustapha

    The Pope has exposed the intolerance of Christianity and its cruelty. You are invited to the Islam of Muhammad for it is a way of life governed by preaching understanding and repentance. The Pope cannot fool us for he is referring only to the Catholics and not every one. Muhammad's role is to deliver the message It is Allah who has the final judgment- who enters Hell or Paradise. The message of Pope is against the teaching of Jeus for he said, "Don't look at the speck of someone, look at the log in your eyes."

  66. Jun Abines

    I'm beginning to like the new Pope. His mind is open and he sees reality. Enough of the games, arguments and claims that "My God is the the true God" or "My church and my religion is the only way to heaven". Its time to reconcile all religion by agreeing that "Doing good to others is the main purpose of every religion. Let's learn to respect other religion even the atheists because no religion has ever proved that their God is the true God as of this point. Fear of going the hell is the most ridiculous, most selfish, and most annoying reason why people should embrace a religion. Pope Francis is truly a man of God! He risk getting the ire of all pretenders inside the Vatican by stepping out of Catholic's doctrine and embracing all humans to be God's children, Catholic or not. That is called LOVE!

  67. Robbie Gow

    He is totally wrong, everyone knows that the flying spaghetti monster created the Earth.

  68. Mary Schoenborn Noonan

    I am aware of no religion that believes all Chinese people go to Hell. I am sure that such a belief is, as you suggest, lunacy. But it is not mine. When I say people can choose Hell, I mean that people can choose to accept or reject God because they have free will. My understanding is that the law of God is written onto all of our hearts and consciences. When we choose good and affirm the grace he puts on our hearts, we meet each other there.

  69. Jack Meov

    You're right Irene. I mean, they say if you're not Catholic or believe in Christ that is automatic hell for you. THAT really makes me wonder what happened to the MILLIONS of souls who died LONG before the advent of this very young religion of Christianity. The Buddha died 500 years BEFORE Christ was even born. HE didn't have the CHOICE to be "of Christ". Is Buddha in hell??!! Do you think that the Pope would tell the current Dalai Lama to his face that although he is THE embodiment of goodness that he nevertheless is going to BURN??!! I think NOT!

  70. Anonymous

    The cult leader (Pope) needs to read the Bible. Jesus said, "You must be born again…" JOHN 3:3.

  71. Jean Porter Shamsi

    When Jesus , as a child, was speaking with the Pharisees in the Temple, one priest asked him "If a man does not know there is one God, but is a good person, can he still enter the kingdom of heaven, and the Christ answered him "There are many rooms in my Father's house" meaning, YES, all good people will be with the good people and all the bad will be with the bad. Kinda like right here , the good like the good ones and the bad stay with those. So how can the Vatican usurp the power of the infallible Pope?

  72. Ken Huffman

    I can't decide who is the more blatant apostate, the pope or his spokesman. John 3:16 and Christ's companion words – "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by me" is clear. No mention of the Catholic church, the curia, or the pope and the outcome for pseudo Christians, atheists, Muslims, Hindus, Buddists, and many other cults and religions is obvious. Until I saw the Vatican spokesman's comment, I figured the Catholic church had gotten over themselves a bit. I thought by now they'd surely read the Holy Bible – guess not. They're still pushing the same exclusivity bilge. They should try to get a handle on their flock who take first communion and then never again give a thought to the faith. Casual observation tells me it may be around 60 percent of all self professed Catholics. "I'm Catholic and do good deeds" won't be much of an answer when standing before the throne.

  73. Jean Porter Shamsi

    John Paul (the first one) was allegedly poisoned because he was investigating the corruption in the Vatican Bank, which was being run by Mafiosa and FreeMasons. Hope Pope Frank doesn't get offed by the same.

  74. Jean Porter Shamsi

    What religion is GOD? He is NO RELIGION. HE IS GOD. Religions innate flaw is that it draws lines between people. That leads to hate and violence. Man created religion to gain power over the masses.

  75. Ken Huffman

    Royce Zant Only God can know the hearth. But the Holy Bible is very clear that the only way to Heaven is through belief in Christ. I don't know an atheist's heart. But I know what they say and if that doesn't reflect the heart regarding Jesus, they'd have to be schizoid.

  76. Ken Huffman

    What the pope said is flat out unbiblical. What the Vatican spokesman said is flat out unbiblical.

  77. Youth Soccer Coach

    >> When we choose good and affirm the grace he puts on our hearts, we meet each other there.
    << Really..? your personnal idea of bible/Jesus based God is supposedly written in all human's hearts ? Why do you need the Bible then ? Why do you need missionaries going out and talking about their view of God ? What about humans who came before Jesus..? All those souls sent to hell by your "loving" Christian God..? This whole theory of only way to God is by believing in Jesus is man made ancient nonsenese.

  78. Anonymous

    I had an out of body experience and got a glimpse of hell. Saw my kind of people, wild women everywhere, orgies galore, booze, gambling, etc. etc. Can't wait to get there.

  79. Anonymous

    Religion is like the funeral industry, basically selling death.

  80. Lucretius Luc

    That's right as far as Catholicism goes — they believe atheists are still going to hell. The Church invented "hell" and then declare that anyone not accepting the one true church, will go there. Doesn't sound too friendly. I would expect that the minds, particularly clergy, capable of conceiving hell are in fact deserving of it. Talk about making your own hell — sweet irony.

  81. Henry Green

    Oh, my, looks like trouble in the "paradise" that is the Vatican!

  82. Tim Swihart

    The Priest at my Parish says almost everyone is going to hell. Only a very few will make it to heaven. So after Mass one Sunday. We were driving home and I looked over at my wife and said, " I can stay at home and go to hell." Haven't been to Church since.

  83. Tim Swihart

    The Priest at my Parish says very few will make it to heaven. So one Sunday after Mass I said to my Wife," I can stay at home and go to hell." Haven't went to Mass or Church since.

  84. Jane Colston

    I tend to agree with the Pope's version of redemption with only one caveat. I believe you have to WANT to be redeemed. I think you do have the free will to reject it if you want to.

  85. Anonymous

    Yep. If you don't join the Catholic church you are going to hell. In other-words, you can be a repentant catholic priest pedophile who has severely damaged countless boys and go to heaven or you could be the most spiritual kind helpful person on earth but if you are not a Catholic you are GOING TO HELL. All organized religions actually SUCK.

  86. Jim Tebo

    WOW I Went to a Catholic school for 12 years and had religon class everyday, God is not going to punish you for not being a Catholic I heard way back that you had to be a Catholic to get into heaven then it was changed, then it was as long as you believed in God. I think that if you believe in a power greater than us and if you live a good life, God is not going to keep you from heaven. THat he is not going to condemn you to the fires of HELL. I also learned that the Pope was infallable and whatever he said was the word of GOD. THat being said I believe he said what he ment.

  87. Anonymous

    Tim Swihart , Your priest is not the deciding judge.

  88. Anonymous

    I'd rather burn in hell then join the Pedophiles of America club and call it my church.

  89. Louise Blaisse

    This is hysterical. My sister is going to be so pissed off. I am an atheist, she's a hypocristian, always praying for me. Now, she's going to hell with me. Neither of us are going to be happy. She tries to convert me all the time now, can you imagine how boring hell is going to be with a bunch of them there? I guess that would be my version of hell, having her there praying and preaching all the time. I think this pope is at least sincere in trying to bring people together. I hope he doesn't wind up with some mysterious and fatal "illness". They might bring the old pope back. What are we back in the Dark Ages again?

  90. Thomas Kavany

    Dusty, Dusty, Dusty, no man has seen God, but a whole bunch of these idiots try to convince us that they speak for him! Shame, Shame, Shame on them. As Simon de Montfort said '…let God sort them out…' (okay, okay, I know the rest of the quote, but it doesn't apply here! So there.)

  91. Jeff Dunham

    buddykeh Ephesians 2:8-9 By grace are you saved, through faith, and that not of yourself, it is the gift of God, not by works lest any man should boast. Also, if you are not born again of water and spirit you cannot and will not enter the kingdom of heaven. The only one that can give you eternal life is Jesus, no church, no doctrine of man, you must accept Christ as your savior.

  92. Jeff Dunham

    Unfortunately for billions of people, they will never know the reality of God, until they face him for judgment. But, for me, there is no more living by faith alone, I'm one of the few God made more direct contact with, and so I have no excuse, no way to deny what is now reality for me.

  93. Jeff Dunham

    Wish there was an ounce of truth to what you believe Neil, but God is the author of perfection and moral holiness, not mankind. It is His definition of right and wrong that others are trying to emulate. He understands our sinful nature and provides a way to change. Take it or leave it. Now you know how it is. You can say what you want but God will be back and He will judge the world according to is standard and we are powerless to prevent that day or to reverse his edicts. Jesus said if the world hated him it would hate those that followed him even more. You are proof of what Christ said.

  94. Jeff Dunham

    Wish there was an ounce of truth to what you believe Neil, but God is the author of perfection and moral holiness, not mankind. It is His definition of right and wrong that others are trying to emulate. He understands our sinful nature and provides a way to change. Take it or leave it. Now you know how it is. You can say what you want but God will be back and He will judge the world according to is standard and we are powerless to prevent that day or to reverse his edicts. Jesus said if the world hated him it would hate those that followed him even more. You are proof of what Christ said.

  95. Christine Wyatt

    Let's not let any protestant religion be filled with the same quilt, fear and shame as the Muslim faith. I think this Pope is actually trying to make this his goal.

  96. Jeff Dunham

    yes God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent in both space and time. I did my own scientific proofs of these and I'm sold, even if you too afraid to approach this being with the power to create all the dimensions, all the sciences and all forms of life both physical and spiritual. too bad for you.