Pope Francis has admonished some Christians and especially Catholics who lead a hypocritical double life.
He said it was better to be an atheist than one of many greedy Christians.
This, he declared during the sermon of his private morning mass in his residence.
It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life.
There are those who say, ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to mass, I belong to this and that association’.
He said some of these people should also say:
‘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. How many times have we all heard people say ‘if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist’.
Since his election in 2013, Francis has often told Catholics; both priests and lay people, to practise what their religion preaches.