Pope Francis delivered some strong words about hypocrisy at a recent mass. When discussing the scandal of “saying one thing and doing another,” he said:
So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others. How many times have we heard — all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere — ‘But to be a Catholic like that, it’s better to be an atheist.’ It is that: scandal.
The pope also called out Christians who try to earn their salvation through works and associating with groups that don’t actually do the things they say they are going to do.
He said there are people who say, “Here I am, Lord! … I went to Church, I was close to you, I belong to this association, I did this… Don’t you remember all the offerings I made?”
Adding that God’s reply would be, “Yes, I remember. The offerings, I remember them: All dirty. All stolen from the poor. I don’t know you.” Discuss