On Thursday, during Mass at Casa Santa Marta in Rome, Pope Francis suggested that it’s better not to call yourself a Christian if you exploit people, live a double life or operate a “dirty” business.
“So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others,” Francis said. “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.”
“But what is scandal? Scandal is saying one thing and doing another.” (A scandal is considered a serious offense, in the Catholic Church.)
“Examples of such sins abound,” the Pope said, “from money launderers to business owners who take beach vacations while stiffing their employees.”
Francis’ sermon was an extended message on that day’s passages, which includes a passage from the book of Mark. In the passage, Jesus states that it is better to be drowned than to make other people sin.
According to Catholic Catechism, scandals include business leaders who advocate fraud, teachers who provoke students and manipulators who turn individuals away from moral values.
In other words, the church believes that anyone who causes others to do wrong, whether it is directly or indirectly, is responsible for the evil that he or she has encouraged.
Since Francis was elected in 2013, he has been telling other Catholics, priests and lay people to follow what their religion teaches and said that Christians should view atheists that do good, as good people.
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