It appears Pope Francis has had enough from Christian hypocrites and he had some harsh words, specifically for Catholics who say one thing and do another.
To call Pope Francis’s words during a message in a private mass harsh might just be an understatement. He was speaking about people who say one thing and do another, what he calls living a “double life.”
He characterized that kind of double life as Catholics who claim to be devout and to attend every church service, but who he says should also add, “‘my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money.’”
“How many times have we all heard people say ‘if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist’?” he said during the mass, according to The Guardian.
It’s certainly not the first time the pontiff has condemned people who claim to be faithful but then show traits that immediately call their self-proclaimed holiness into question. Back in October, he spoke out against Christian hypocrites, telling young people, “the sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy.”
On the subject of refugees, he said you cannot be a Christian without living like one:
“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help. If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.”
And back in 2014, he spoke about hypocrisy and the importance of Lent as a time of purification that allows us to move closer to the Lord:
“The sign that we are far from the Lord is hypocrisy. The hypocrite does not need the Lord, he is saved by himself – so he thinks – and he disguises himself as a saint.”
Repeating that first line later, he said the sign of drawing closer to the Lord is “repentance, asking for forgiveness, is that we care for the needy brethren.”
Let’s hope that more people in the church, and all of us who see the importance of faith, regardless of denomination, actually hear those words.