Pope Francis: “Better to be atheists than hypocritical Catholics”

  • Pope Francis launched another criticism at some members of the Catholic Church
  • He accused many Christians of leading double lives
  • It’s better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic, he said

Pope Francis, in yet another thought-provoking homily, lambasted some members of his own herd whom he said are mostly hypocrites and leading double lives.

The pontiff, known for being outspoken about many issues, including those hounding the Church for decades, has criticized ‘many’ Catholics during his impromptu sermon Thursday morning in Rome.

“There are those who say ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association’,” said Pope Francis before his audience at Casa Santa Marta.

The Pope said these people ought to say: “my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life’.”

He added that many people, specifically Catholics, are like this and they scandalize others.

“How many times have we heard – all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere – ‘But to be a Catholic like that, it’s better to be an atheist.’ It is that: scandal,” he said.

The transcripts of the Pope’s homily has been published on Vatican Radio.

Pope Francis has been very vocal about criticisms directed against the Church and often castigated misbehaving priests and prelates; urging the latter to practice what they preach.

He was earlier quoted in his other sermons lambasting cardinals acting as ‘prince’ and once condemned the sexual abuse of children committed by some priests around the world; calling it a ‘Satanic Mass’.