1) What the Pope says –
Pope Francis wrote the following comments in a letter to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica (as quoted by Newsmax).
“You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith,” the Pope wrote. “Given — and this is the fundamental thing — that God’s mercy has no limits, if He is approached with a sincere and repentant heart, the question for those who do not believe in God is to abide by their own conscience.“
“There is sin, also for those who have no faith, in going against one’s conscience. Listening to it and abiding by it means making up one’s mind about what is good and evil,” he added.
2) What the Word of God says –
“For if you do not believe that I am he: you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24).
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6).
“Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.” (1 John 4:2-3).
“He that believes and is immersed shall be saved; but he that does not believe shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:16).
“There is one that judges: the words that I have spoken will judge you in the last days.” (John 12:48).
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21).
“It is written in the prophets, ‘and they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.” (John 6:45).
3) “I’m satisfied with just a cottage below…” Or not –
“Pope Francis temporarily expelled a German prelate known as the “luxury bishop” and the “bishop of bling” Wednesday after claims surfaced that the prelate spent 31 million euros ($42 million) of the Church’s money on a new residence complex.
The Vatican didn’t say how long Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst would spend away from the diocese of Limburg and gave no information on where he would go or what he would do. It said his fate would ultimately be decided by the outcome of a church commission investigation into the expenditures, according to The Associated Press.”
“From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’
But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’”(John 6:66-69).
(The above items were submitted by Editor and contributor Mark Zaveson. RAV)