“You have no idea how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic. Without supernatural aid I would hardly be a human being.”
The Pope is wishing people outside the Church again:
“How many times do we see the scandal of those people who go to church and stay there all day or go every day and then live hating others or talking badly about people? This is a scandal – it is better not to go to church: better to live as an atheist,” the pope admonished.
Go here to read the rest. The Pope often makes statements that would be laughable if uttered by a Freshman during a late night college bull session. Pointing out the alleged hypocrisy of Christians as an attack on Christianity is a very old game and so completely wrongheaded. The New Testament demonstrates the grand uses that God has for the most unlikely of human material: block headed, cowardly, fishermen; odious tax collectors; merciless persecutors of the New Way; prostitutes; Zealots; Roman centurions, wives of Roman officials, Pharisees, etc. Christ calls all of poor sinful humanity to His Banner, demanding repentance and amendment of life. He also understands how weak humanity is and hence gave His priests the power to forgive sin. Our current Pope seems to want mercy for certain sinners, and out the doors of the Church for others. PopeWatch prefers, as always, the Way of Christ.