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(CNN) American atheists welcomed Pope Francis’ comments that God redeems nonbelievers, saying that the new pontiff historic outreach is helping to topple longstanding barriers.
“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!”
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On Thursday, the Vatican issued an “explanatory note on the meaning to ‘salvation.’ Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, said that people who aware of the Catholic church “cannot be saved” if they “refuse to enter her or remain in her.”
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Although the pope comments about salvation surprised some, bishops and experts in Catholicism say Francis was expressing a core tenet of the faith.
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was clear that salvation is only through Christ’s Sacrifice. In other words, he is not suggesting and I think some are taking it this way that you can be saved, get to heaven, without Christ. Pecknold, an assistant professor of theology at the Catholic University of America, agreed with Zuhlsdorf, pointing out that the pope’s comments came on the Feast of Saint Rita, the Catholic patron saint of impossible things.
“The remarks about atheists show that there is even a saint for atheists,” Pecknold said. “Including all of humanity, on this day especially, remarks like that are almost called for.”
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canada goose black friday sale Greg Epstein, the humanist chaplain at Harvard University, said Francis comments reflect “the interfaith and inter community work many of us nontheists are dedicated to.” canada goose black friday sale
That said, Epstein hopes that lay Catholics are listening.
“I cheap canada goose hope Catholics, and all people hearing the pope statement, will recognize that his words about atheists need to symbolize much more than just a curiosity or an exception to the rule,” Epstein said. “If someone thinks there are only a few atheists out there doing good just like Catholics do, that a major misunderstanding that can lead to prejudice and discrimination.”
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Even atheists like David Silverman, president of American Atheists, who has had an antagonistic relationship with the Catholic church, welcomed the pope’s remarks.
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“Atheists on the whole want no part in Catholicism, of course, but we are all interested in basic human rights.”
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