As far as popes go, it’s safe to say that Pope Francis is certainly breaking with tradition.
Showing leniency and love where other popes have offered condemnation, this head of the Catholic Church has made more headlines than some of his famous papal forebears.
To those in the know, it probably won’t be surprising to learnt that he has once again come out with some pretty shocking remarksâat least, by papal standards. Speaking out against the sin of hypocrisy, Francis noted that it’s better for someone to be an atheist than for them to be a hypocritical Catholic. He warned about those who go to church consistently and who pretend to be good Catholics, but are evil in their business dealings.
In a private mass, Francis noted that some Catholics are living double lives. Throughout his tenure, Francis has often courted controversy by stating that he is comfortable with the idea of atheists who live good, honest lives. In the past, he has preached tolerance when it comes to the gay community, insisting that the church apologize to gay people who have been wronged by the church. He has also spoken out for the rights of women, children who have been exploited as workers and many more groups.
When it comes to hypocrites, however, Pope Francis clearly has no time.