My Comment: Be sure to read the whole article, because it sounds to me, like the clarification just made things cloudier, and it seems that the Vatican is linking salvation to whether or not you Join the Catholic Church, or remain in the Catholic Church??!! You decide. And let me know in the comments.
A Vatican spokesman clarified on Thursday that atheists are still going to hell despite Pope Francis’ homily last week that pointed out doing good wasn’t just confined to the faith community and even atheists, despite their views, are able to do good as well.
“Doing good,” the pope explained in his homily last Wednesday, is not a matter of faith: “It is a duty, it is an identity card that our Father has given to all of us, because He has made us in His image and likeness. And He does good, always.”
But in an “explanatory note on the meaning of ‘salvation,'” the Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman highlighted that being “good” alone is not enough to be saved. People who know about the Catholic Church, he explained, “cannot be saved” if they “refuse to enter her or remain in her.”
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In his homily last week, Pope Francis pointed out that everyone, including atheists, has been redeemed by Christ and people can all work together through the “culture of encounter” to do good.
“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!” said Pope Francis.
“If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”
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