i totally agree with what he said
He gives fodder, here, to those who criticize Catholics for teaching that we are saved by doing good works. It would have helped if he had made a connection between "doing good" and "right conscience" and the guidance of the Spirit, within. The article could also easily leave one wondering what difference it makes to be a Christian if you can be an atheist and be saved by doing good.
Of course, the Pope and many Catholics share a broader understanding about Christ's presence in the creation, but it's doubtful that Huffington Post shares in this understanding as well.
Yes, but perhaps building bridges, a spirit of inclusivity, and a platform on which to build and explore these deeper truths on salvation, Christ's presence as the root of all goodness. Not that the Huffers will have much interest in that.
Agreed. Helping people make a connection between "ordinary goodness" and Christ would be a bridge to build. And maybe he did . . . Turns out the press, as usual, just lifted a few pithy quotes without providing fuller context:
- see http://en.radiovaticana.va/new..._of_peace/en1-694445 for the Pope's text
- also http://wdtprs.com/blog/2013/05...vation-for-atheists/
If anything, the Pope seems to be leaning more toward Universalism rather than Pelagianism, which was the heresy that we can be saved by works (condemned by the Church). Interesting!
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