The Catholic church’s leader has a new criticism against some members of his own church during the pontiff mass.
Pope Francis slammed some members of his own church, suggesting it was better to be an atheist than one of many Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.
“It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life,” Pope’s improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning held at his residences.
“There are those who say, ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to mass, I belong to this and that association’,” the Pope said, according to Vatican radio transcript.
The head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic church also said “‘my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, [I lead] a double life’.”
“There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal,” the Vatican leader added.
“How many times have we all heard people say ‘if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist’.”
In 2013, since his election as successor of Pope Benedict XVI, Francis has often told Catholics, both priests and lay people, to exercise and practice what their religion preaches.
In his often impromptu sermons, the Pope has condemned sexual abuse of children by priests as being tantamount to a “satanic mass”, said Catholics in the mafia excommunicate themselves, and told his own cardinals to not act “as if they were princes”.
Meanwhile, just less than two months after his election Francis said Christians should see atheists as good people if they do good.