When it comes to the fanciful whims of His Holiness, many have believed that Pope Francis had already reached the peak of his odd behavior.
Francis is, in many ways, a liberal Pope – a designation that often has Christian conservatives scratching their heads. After all, the Pope is the voice of God, and as such, speaks for the church as well.
As it turns out, however, Pope Francis seems a little more concerned with headlines than he is with hymnals.
Seemingly out of the blue, Francis took a hard left stance on sexuality, conveniently just a few weeks before the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Pope Francis has called for transsexuals and homosexuals to be accepted and embraced by the Catholic Church, but said he was staunchly opposed to schools promoting or endorsing such “tendencies”.
He said he had ministered to such people when he was a priest, then as a bishop and now as Pope.
The Vatican maintains that homosexual acts are sinful, but homosexual orientation is not.
Of course, this fit right into former President Barack Obama’s public relations push in the transgender community that was meant to galvanize the fringe groups’ support for struggling democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Now the “look at me” Pope has done it again, making headlines for now declaring that hell doesn’t exist?
In another interview with his longtime atheist friend, Eugenio Scalfari, Pope Francis claims that Hell does not exist and that condemned souls just “disappear.” This is a denial of the 2,000-year-old teaching of the Catholic Church about the reality of Hell and the eternal existence of the soul.
Just how clear was the High Pontiff on this wild, new belief? Judge for yourself:
Scalfri says to the Pope, “Your Holiness, in our previous meeting you told me that our species will disappear in a certain moment and that God, still out of his creative force, will create new species. You have never spoken to me about the souls who died in sin and will go to hell to suffer it for eternity. You have however spoken to me of good souls, admitted to the contemplation of God. But what about bad souls? Where are they punished?
Pope Francis says, “They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”
This leaves us begging to know; is Pope Francis interested in being the vessel of Holy knowledge, or is he more concerned with making a name for himself on the world stage?