"So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others", Francis said during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, according to Vatican Radio. "How many times have we all heard people say, 'If that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist'".
"But what is scandal?".
Pope Francis criticizing some members of his own Church Thursday, suggesting that it's better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he says lead a double life.
For Catholics, and indeed Christians, causing scandal, like hypocrisy, is a very grave offense. He granted an interview to an atheist journalist, and told the reporter that efforts to convert people to Christianity are "solemn nonsense" and each person "must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them".
In his latest remarks, the Vatican leader warned that the source of scandal and people living double lives is "following the passions of the heart, the capital sins that are the wounds of original sin".
"There are those who say, 'I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association, '" the head of the Roman Catholic Church said.
"Jesus talks, in the Gospel, about those who commit scandal, without saying the world "scandal, ' but it's understood: But you will arrive in heaven and you will knock at the gate: 'Here I am, Lord!' - 'But don't you remember?"
The pontiff argued that there is a "double life" within all people, and within those who say they are good believers and good Catholics, but underneath are "doing something else". "'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists".
In short, despite the friendly facade, the occasional superficial liberal rhetoric, and a humorous joke now and then, Pope Francis is a moral failure guilty of perpetuating the institutional immorality of the Catholic Church.
"I start by saying - and this is the fundamental thing - that God's mercy has no limits if you go to Him with a honest and contrite heart. I don't know you". The offerings, I remember them: All dirty.
It is a travesty that the Pope isn't afforded the same national spotlight in America as the likes of any number of "fake Christian" leaders or religious Republican hypocrites.