Friday, May 24, 2013

Scott Hahn on Pope Francis' Teaching About Atheists

Scott Hahn has offered a wonderfully concise response to the "controversy" over Francis' recent comments... 
Lots of people are criticizing Pope Francis' message earlier this week, as if he's deviating from the Church's teaching on the need to proclaim the good news... Contrary to what you may read in the media, please notice, nowhere does he even suggest - much less teach - that avowed atheists are saved. Instead, what he actually says is so obviously true and open to a perfectly fair and benign reading:

1. We shouldn't be so critical of outsiders that we don't allow ourselves to see or acknowledge whatever good they do, or truth they affirm (even atheists). 
2. Christ didn't die to save only catholics/christians, but everybody (even atheists).

3. Since all are redeemed by Christ - potentially, at least - we should be looking for ways to build bridges with them in order to actualize that redemptive potential, by showing them that whatever truth and goodness they embrace comes from - and leads to - Christ.


Corey said...

1 John 2:28-29
And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that every one who does right is born of him.

Does this not dovetail with what Pope Francis said?

Anonymous said...

Everyday I am more confused by our Pope. At first I tried to pretend It would all work out, then I saw and heard strange things from the Pope but I tried to stay optimistic., now I am feeling despair but hoping for a miracle. Does he want to be Pope? Is the Church to wealthy so disban it: charity money, convents, vatican museum so we the people can see art? Where us the solidarity with us, the minority rejected by the secular. Why are the nuns belittled by being called "old maids" and yes most of them already know they need to give love and they have. Why all the attack on us. It seems that the secular media loves him because he wants to debase the Church and its flock. pope francis if you did not want to be Pipe ir Cardinal why did you become a Cardinal? I am sick about all of this and I feel sorry for my kids who have to hear all these nonsense while I battle for their souls in this world.

Aslanfollower3 said...

I don't know where you're coming from, Anonymous. Your attitude will not help grow and unite the Church. I became a Catholic two years ago, very much inspired by the Holy Father's humility and service, his simplicity of living and love for all people, especially the young, the weak and the suffering. He is Christ-like in his call for God's mercy and forgiveness and in his concern for the preservation of God's creation. I see absolutely no heterodoxy, but rather, a move from corruption and entitlement in some upper echelons of the Church to a simpler and purer faith rooted in Christ. He is absolutely the Lord's chosen instrument for this Age. I am praying that those who are attacking him will recognize the Pharisaical, judgmental attitudes which will destroy the Church, and repent.