Pope Francis: The Lord Has Redeemed All of Us…Even Atheists!

The Lord has redeemed everyone with the Blood of Christ, including atheists. So says, Pope Francis:

As he celebrated Mass this morning, Francis said that the possibility of doing good is part of creation, and that Christ redeemed all of us, not only Catholics. Doing good “is a beautiful path towards peace” whilst “killing in the name of God is blasphemy.”

Asia News continues:

Pope Francis spoke about doing good as a principle that unites all humanity.

The pontiff began his reflection with today’s Gospel about the disciples who wanted to prevent a person from outside their group from doing good.

“They complain” because they say, “If he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good.” But Jesus corrected them. ‘Do not stop him,’ he said. ‘Let him do good’.”

“The disciples,” the Pope said, “were a little ‘intolerant’, set on the idea that they owned the truth, believing that ‘all those who do not have the truth cannot do good.’ And ‘this was wrong’.” In fact, “Jesus ‘broadens the horizon.”

“The root of this possibility of doing good,” which we all have, “lies in creation. The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: Do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, he is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can. He must. ‘He cannot.’ He must! Because he has this commandment within him. Instead, such ‘closing off’ [of the mind], which makes us think that all those outside [of our group] cannot do good, is a barrier that leads to war as well as to what some throughout history have thought [possible], namely killing in the name of God, [the idea] that we can kill in the name of God. And that, simply put, is blasphemy. To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.”

“On the contrary, the Lord has created us in His image and likeness, and has given us this commandment in our heart: Do good and do not do evil. The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, what about the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us first class children of God! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all!

Rest here.

 

11 thoughts on “Pope Francis: The Lord Has Redeemed All of Us…Even Atheists!

  1. This is awful theology, and even within the RCC! What ever happened to Augustine and the Augustinian doctrine? But I am not surprised! And what of the just-war history/theory? And one thing myself, I sure don’t see Ratzinger here fully!

    • Aren’t we forgetting about the distinction between redemption and salvation? Everyone who is part of the human race is redeemed, but not everyone will necessarily be saved.

  2. Redemption and salvation are two different concepts. All have been redeemed (He gave Himself as a ransom for all), but those who reject that redemption of their own free will, are not saved.

  3. This is not “awful theology”. By His death, Jesus paid the price of our sins so that all may be saved; those who choose not to be saved won’t be, but that doesn’t remove the redemptive quality of the Lord’s action in His Passion, Death and Resurrection.
    So, yes, Jesus died for everybody, whomsoever they may be but it is only in the response of the individual, be they Hindu, atheist, agnostic, Muslim, Christian or other, that Salvation is received.
    Sometimes I am astounded by the knee-jerk reaction of those whose soul aim seems to be to look for something with which to beat the Roman Catholic Church.
    Benedict would happily endorse what has been said here because it speaks of redemption – remember, it is not enough to love our friends, even the pagans do as much, we must love our enemies. Christ’s act of redemption proves this and all are invited to be saved, if they so wish.
    Seriously Fr Robert, what is “awful” about this?

    • It seems Fr. you need to look back at a bit at Augustine yourself (the great Augustine and Pelagius/Pelagianism debate)! And I am myself of course a classic Anglican (Thirty-Nine Articles, they are Reformed btw!). And I am personally a neo-Calvinist, and even hold to Eternal Justification (I doubt you will even know what the latter is? Note Abraham Kuyper here). But I know, he is/was a Protestant! And btw, Christ’s death is surely sufficient for all sinners, but it is efficient or efficacious alone for the “election of grace”! Yes, I am certainly very Reformed soterlologically ! Here alone is the great soli Deo Gloria: glory to God alone!

      • Note his “Enchiridion ad Laurentium”, in which he spoke of the universality of original sin, which is transmitted by carnal concupiscence (8.26; 13.45) and can only be pardoned by the one mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus (13. 48), who, being without sin, was made sin for us (13.41), and of the inscrutable divine decree of predestination and election (24. 95), which leaves the vast majority of the human race in a state of condemnation (24.97 – 25.99). In the Enchiridon the whole of Augustine’s anti-Pelagian theology found expression in a general exposition of Christian doctrine!

        But then of course, also Augustine’s anti Semi-Pelagianism writings. And again for Augustine, so-called free choice is effective for good only by divine grace!

  4. Was not “the person from outside the disciples group” in this Gospel reading for today–doing Good Works–that is, Deliverance–in Jesus’ Name; not any good works (like that which springs from natural virtue), but that which was/is done in Jesus’ Name?! Jesus confirms this when HE says: “he who is with [us] , is not against [us]”. Is it not Jesus Himself that makes ALL the difference here–HE Alone who Unifies ALL “Good Works” and is the Justification of ALL “Good Works”?! Is HE not THE ONE WHO Alone can bring True and Everlasting Peace?!

    I understand the underpinnings of what Pope Francis is saying here and why he is saying it – in bringing Peace and Reconciliation to a diverse, dispersed and fractured peoples, but I also understand how his message can be very misunderstood–in a world in search of Absolutes.
    The ‘natural law’ is written in men’s hearts – to do Good and avoid Evil – that is True enough, but we are living in an age and time when ‘Evil is called Good and Good, Evil’; wherein even the ‘natural law’ is being inverted/subverted (e.g. gay marriage). I don’t know how slipping-in Jesus-through-the-back-door will work today, or anything less than witness-from-the-roof-tops; the frog has been sitting in lukewarm water far too long, it can’t feel the temperature rising & is being boiled Alive!
    Jesus ONLY sought to do the ‘Will of The Father” – HE says: “for this I was sent”!
    We are so bogged-down…we forget…why ‘we are sent’ (and not a comfortable ride at that)!

    • Augustine, as surely as Paul, and following Paul’s revelation from God, knew the depth of the great concupiscence and desire or strength of sin, and this exists in some form in even the regenerate man or person! (Romans 7: 13-25) P.T. Forsyth called sin even in the Christian by the term ‘helpless guilt’! Sadly today the historic church has forgotten this biblical revelation, as we can but so easily see! In this life, we will always encounter this essence in our own depth, if we are true to God’s Word and our own hearts!

      • “helpless guilt” (I never heard this expression) – excellent! To deeply reflect on this – in the light of Hope – should in Truth lead us always to the Merciful Heart of Our Savior–to the ‘Heart of Jesus’! Oh, what Great Depth of Love we would find there if we only dare to, as you say “…encounter this essence in our own depth, if we are true to God’s Word and our own hearts”. That ‘place of Grace’ that defaces Pride and where Despair has no foothold…”to first take the board from out of our own eye, so that we may then take the splinter from our brothers eye”!
        Ah yes, “helpless guilt” – “that which I wish to do, I do not do and that which I do not desire, I do”. St. Peter’s words to Our Lord come to mind: “Lord, I would die for you”; then Jesus’ reply: “Would you Peter, die for ME? I tell you…you will deny me three times”. And Peter faced his “helpless guilt” and wept bitterly–tears of repentance! He did indeed go on to ‘die for Jesus’ but first, had to ‘die to self’–“the grain of wheat must fall to ground…lest it should just remain a grain of wheat”. How very difficult this is for us and yet…”for man it is impossible, but for God ALL things are possible”! That “helpless guilt”, when faced like St. Peter, would indeed bring us face-to-face in our Poverty–without Christ AND in TRUTH restore us…to our ‘Poverty IN Christ’!
        We are only then ‘truly FREE’–to Love as Jesus commands us–“Love one another as I have Loved you”! The world does not know This LOVE but…Jesus says: “I have overcome the world”!!

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