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All I got from reading this was the Pope saying in summary, "I will no longer be telling anyone what the "absolute truth" is even though it's not subjective or variable." In other words, "draw your own conclusions".
May I ask about your history BEFORE you were wiccan? I have a reason to ask this..because many "disgruntled" and former Christians "became wiccans" and I wouldn't be surprised if you have a similar history. You still seem to defend and believe in many dogmas of the RCC and I simply can't see this being the case if you hadn't some Christian "experiences" in your past. As mentioned earlier, you "defending" some dusty things there puzzles me more than anything.
"The question for those who do not believe in God is to follow their own conscience. Sin, even for a non-believer, is when one goes against one's conscience.
"To listen and to follow your conscience means that you understand the difference between good and evil."
He said that the "mercy of God has no limits" and encompassed even non-believers,
God's mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere heart and a contrite, the question for those who do not believe in God is to obey his conscience. Sin, even for those who have no faith, there is when you go against conscience. Listen and obey it means, in fact, decide in the face of what is perceived as good or as bad. And on this decision you play the goodness or evil of our actions. Secondly, it asks me if the thought according to which there is no absolute and therefore not even an absolute truth, but only a series of truths relative and subjective, is a error or sin. To begin with, I would not speak, not even to those who believe, the "absolute" truth, in the sense that all is what is untied, what is lacking in any relationship. Now, the truth, according to Christian belief, is the love of God for us in Jesus Christ. So, the truth is a relationship! So much so that each of us takes, the truth, and expresses it from itself, from its history and culture, from the situation in which he lives, etc.. This does not mean that truth is subjective and variable, far from it. But it does mean that it gives us always and only as a journey and life. He did not say not Jesus himself: "I am the way, the truth and the life"? In other words, the truth being ultimately one with love, it requires humility and openness to be sought, welcomed and expressed. Therefore, we must understand well the terms and, perhaps, to exit from the confines of an opposition ... absolute reset in depth the issue.
I read it that you don't need to believe in god to go to heaven and that message seems very clear. His view seems almost buddhist and the comment is a genuine surprise - although as an agnostic makes eminent sense. The surprise for me is that he has made the opinion in black and white, this has previously been one of those subjects that has divided (even moderate) christians.
"God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart."
reply to post by AfterInfinity
Where in there does it say anything about going to God after you die? How do you know that the Pope didn't use the words "going to him", as in prayer, while you're still alive? See, this is what happens when you choose to use vague dialogue as a substitute for detailed communication. It will only raise more questions than any answers and I don't see anyone benefiting from it.
I think most Christians today expect this, since the Bible talks about a falling away from the church.
Did you see what I posted? He said atheists had to recognize God and repent before getting into heaven. That's not a 'falling away from the church'. That's in line with Church teaching ... both Catholic and Protestant church teaching.
In all honesty, that has always been part of Catholic theology--that if one sincerely tries their best, one does not have to be a believer. The belief is that God put his word inside everyone--call it your conscience--and if you sincerely follow that internal message, you still can achieve salvation
It is not new, I learned it in Chatechism class 35-40 years ago.
What NavyDoc said.
Jesus loves two peoples. Those of faith, and atheists. It's the ones waffling around in the middle who can't make up their minds that are in trouble.
What does it MEAN to be Catholic anymore?