It’s difficult to know who to feel more sorry for this week. Atheists such as myself, who having been granted salvation by Pope Francis on Wednesday morning had our redemption revoked the very next day by the Vatican who clarified that we are still instructed to go directly to hell, while not passing ‘Go’ and certainly not collecting 200 pounds or, the beleaguered Catholics themselves who, still trying to come to terms with the Vatican’s flagrant disregard for papal infallibility, opened their papers the following Tuesday to find that Anthony Murphy had been granted an op-ed column in the Irish Times with which to further undermine any good the church may reasonably lay claim to.
Last Wednesday’s homily during which Pope Francis declared “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone,” came as something of a surprise to many, not least Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, who cautiously welcomed the Pope’s comments as ‘quite heartening’.
“‘Father, the atheists?'” Pope Francis continued, “Even the atheists. Everyone”. Read More