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Friday, May 24, 2013

Pope Says "Atheists can get to Heaven"?

     Earlier this week Pope Francis supposely made the claim that atheists can get into heaven. All of us here at the Holabird Advocate have been scrambling to find the exact quote, but have yet to find it. we are curious, however as to how atheists can get into the Kingdom of Heaven when they don't acknowlege the existence of heaven or hell, and for that matter God or Satan. By definition an atheist would not desire to go to a place that does not exist. Anyone wishing to help us with ironing out this story, feel free to contact our Publisher at the home office.

Family Visits Abound in Kornfield County

     Most of the time, Holabird Advocate Publisher, Jerry Hinkle, is able to keep to himself when he's not at work. But throughout the month of May, many family members who find themselves in Kornfield county, have dropped by to see him. First it was Darrel, Kristi and Brittany Hinkle who stopped by on Mother's day, and took Jerry to Ruby Tuesday. Last Wednesday, Deputy State Fire Marshall Doug Hinkle stopped by and took Jerry to Culvers. And now it seems that Harold and Mary Hinkle may stop by on tomorrow after Grandma Dressen's funeral. If indeed they do come over, they will most likely go to McDonald's. You never Know!

The actual quotation was as follows:

"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”

"Doing good . . . is a duty, it is an identity card that our Father has given to all of us, because He has made us in His image and likeness. And He does good, always."

I'm no theologian, but the nuance here seems to be that Christ seeks to redeem all including the atheist and that one should always to good because of that redemptive sacrifice.

Doing and good and "meeting one another there" seem to be starting points not concluding points.

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