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Pope Francis says atheists can be good!

Want more stunning symptoms of how confused the religious leaders are in Kali Yuga! Read on…Pope Francis says atheists can be good! Just do good, and we’ll find a meeting point, says Francis in marked departure from Benedict’s line on non-Catholics. Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good, Pope Francis has said in his latest urging that people of all religions, and none, work together.

The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made his comments in the homily of his morning mass at his residence, a daily event at which he speaks without prepared comments. He told the story of a Catholic who asked a priest if even atheists had been redeemed by Jesus.

“Even them, everyone,” the pope answered, according to Vatican Radio. “We all have the duty to do good,” he said.

“Just do good, and we’ll find a meeting point,” the pope said in a hypothetical reply to the hypothetical comment: “But I don’t believe. I’m an atheist.”

Francis’s reaching out to atheists and people who belong to no religion <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/religion>  is in marked contrast to the attitude of his predecessor, Benedict, who sometimes prompted complaints from non-Catholics that he seemed to see them as second-class believers.

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Is this a case of the Pope compromising simply to increase the flock?

Or is it an attempt to improve the Public Relations of the Catholic Church at the cost of sentimentalizing whatever little philosophy that may be found in Catholicism?

Yes:  “We all have the duty to do good,” said the pope, but the DEVIL is in the details regarding the definition of what is considered to be Good!

Relevant Quotes:

“There can be no rational administration of government when good men are held in the same esteem as bad ones.”  -Polybius (pron.: /pəˈlɪbiəs/; Ancient Greek: Πολύβιος; c. 200–118 BC) was a Greek historian of the Hellenistic Period noted for his work, The Histories, which covered the period of 264–146 BC in detail.

“Goodness must take a stand else evil prevails.” – Dr. Laura Slessenger

“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.” –Socrates

“Yet those that call evil good and good evil shall one day have their way… and regret it for eternity.” – Anonymous

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.” – Confucious

” That which in the beginning may be just like poison but at the end is just like nectar and which awakens one to self-realization is said to be happiness in the mode of goodness.” – Bhagavad Gita As It Is 18.37

“It is necessary at the outset to caution the reader against the theory of vox dei vox populi.   (Latin aphorism: “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”    A Vaishna has nothing to do with vox populi.  Our only concern is with Vox dei…. Vox populi is not vox dei, but vox dei should be vox populi.  Popular opinion is no the same as God’s opinion; rather pious people should adopt His opinion.  This is what the mahajanas instruct.   Those who propose mixing spirit with matter say just the opposite. “As many opinions, as many ways.”  The popular voice should be the opinion of the Supreme Lord and the path of attaining Him.  Ye how amazing it is that where popular opinion is dharma, love of the Supreme Lord is banished, and where public support is the testing stone for ascertaining the Absolute truth, no-duplicitous truth disappears.” – SBV.1.329-330

“We have to fight against all this nonsense—nonsense scientists, nonsense religionists.  It is not an easygoing, sleeping business.  We have to fight with so many demons.  Otherwise, khawa dawa dukana, my guru-maharaja used to say: “Beg some rice and bring it and cook it and eat and sleep.”  – Conversation, 2 Jul 1976 / On Strong Preaching Bhakti Vikash Swami, Pg. 232.

“The thousands of karmies who have opened innumerable hospitals, old age homes, centers for the poor, and schools and the thousands of jnanis who have undergone meditation and several austerities are insignificant compared to a single kanistaha-adhikari Vaishnava once ringing the bell before the lords deity.  This is not sectarianism, but plain truth. Atheist are wholly incapable of realizing this, thus they become either direct or indirect blasphemers of devotional service, or adherents to the doctrine of harmonistic all-inclusiveness. …

Being adverse to Lord Visnu, countless jivas have come to maha-maya’s dungeon to envy Lord Visunu in countless ways.  To deliver even one of them form mahamaya’s fortress and make him a devotee of Krishna is unlimitedly better welfare work than the construction of countless hospitals and schools.” –  Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati – Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava  1.421  (Sri Srila Prabhupadera Upadesamrta) 

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