“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone,” the pope told worshipers at morning Mass on Wednesday. “‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”

Francis continued, “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.”

Link to Pope’s Statement:

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/23/heaven-for-atheists-pope-sparks-debate/

From the Huffington Post:

Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just Catholics

Dear Pope, Atheists Don’t Need Redemption

From Room Participants:

Th3_ViN3: “And what means ‘ransom’? God was about to punish them, but He forbore to do it. They were about to perish, but in their stead He gave His own Son, and sent us as heralds to proclaim the Cross. These things are sufficient to attract all, and to demonstrate the love of Christ. Moral: so truly, so inexpressibly great are the benefits which God has bestowed upon us. He sacrificed Himself for His enemies, who hated and rejected Him.” – St John Chrysostom, Rs 13

RevelationFalse: The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) contains an important explanation of the phenomena referred to as ‘Atheism’ (See, GS #17-22). It is a very large term and we have to first examine what is meant when it is embraced by an individual to best understand the effect of the claim.
RevelationFalse: The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that “Since it rejects or denies the existence of God, atheism is a sin against the virtue of religion but the imputability of the offense can be significantly diminished in virtue of the intentions and the circumstances” (CCC#2125).
RevelationFalse: Here is where I got those quotes from Mop…. http://www.catholic.org/hf/faith/story.php?id=51077

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