During a speech delivered earlier today in Rome, the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church delivered another criticism of some members.
"Scandal is saying one thing and doing another; it is a double life", he told attendees, according to a transcription from Vatican Radio.
Pope Francis has seemed to suggest it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.
From those who lead double lives to others who run dirty businesses and stiff their workers, the Pope made it clear he didn't want the likes of these so-called Christians soiling his flock.
"A totally double life: 'I am very Catholic [Christian], I always go to Mass [church], I belong to this association and that one; but my life is not Christian, I don't pay my workers a just wage, I exploit people, I am dirty in my business, I launder money".
Taking these types of Catholics into account, the Pope voiced out: "How many times have we all heard people say "if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist". And it is an offense that the Pope wasted little time lashing out at fake Christians over and whom he said would be better off being a non-believer, an atheist, than a "bad Christian".
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"Let us think about this", Francis said, closing his remarks.
Francis is consistent in telling Catholics - not only believers, but priests as well - to practice what they preach.
Catholic leader, Pope Francis, criticized Catholics on Thursday, accusing them of leading a "double life".
Perhaps most disturbing, commenting on the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Francis declared "one cannot make fun of faith" and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch", offering a tacit justification for terror and violence in response to a cartoon making fun of religious superstition.
Francis has also engaged on topics concerning atheists on a number of occasions, and in a September 2013 interview with La Repubblica newspaper suggested that God's mercy extends to atheists as well. And let us profit from the Word of the Lord and consider the fact that on this point, the Lord is very strict.
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