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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #48)

Wed May 29, 2013, 01:21 AM

60. Nonsense

He wasn't encouraging Catholics to accept atheists, he was speaking of the redemptive power of good works, using atheists as prototypical examples of people in need of redemption. If he wanted to tell his flock to be nice to atheists, he would have said, "Guys, be nice to atheists".

Atheists are justifiably offended by this, as news agencies--and a number of posters on this forum--presented the sermon as something it wasn't: an act of reconciliation. This Pope was not reaching out to atheists, and even if he were, saying "You're going to hell after all", while a positive change in tone, is nonetheless a decidedly ineffective means of bridging the gap between our communities.

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