It’s kind of a backhanded compliment — atheists are a little better than crooks! — but I guess it’s moving him in the right direction.
Christians who exploit people, lead a double life and get involved in “dirty business,” scandalize the church, Pope Francis said in a sermon Thursday in Rome. In fact, it might be better just to be an atheist.
“And so many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others. How many times have we heard — all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere — ‘but to be a Catholic like that, it’s better to be an atheist.’ It is that, scandal. You destroy. You beat down,” Francis said, according to Vatican Radio.
I’m charitable, too. I’m willing to admit that many Catholics are, in fact, better than child-rapers.