NY Post 24 Feb 2017
Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of “many” Catholics who he said lead hypocritical double lives.
In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his residence, he said: “It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life.”
“There are those who say, ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association,’” the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church said, according to a Vatican Radio transcript.
He said some of these people should also 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.’”
“There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal,” he said. “How many times have we all heard people say, ‘If that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist.’”
In his often impromptu sermons, he has condemned sexual abuse of children by priests as being tantamount to a “Satanic Mass,” said Catholics in the Mafia excommunicate themselves, and told his own cardinals to not act as if they were “princes.”
Less than two months after his election, he said Christians should see atheists as good people if they do good.
It’s not better to be atheist, as the atheist and the Hypocrite wind up in the same place. Its a poor comparison, but we get the gist of what he means.
The only concern though is he using it to build a bridge to the atheists, and not to reform the church or deal with the hypocrisy, that he refers to….