Meet the Believers

The early days of a new papacy have to be a little bit nerve-wracking for the Vatican. It must take time and practice for someone to make the mental transition to one of the most unique jobs on earth. Once in a while, the opinions of the pre-papal man peek out from behind the miter.

One such moment happened on May 22, 2013, when during a homily just ten weeks into his pontificate, Pope Francis said, “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!”

The idea that everyone is redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ regardless of his or her beliefs is called universalism—and it’s an absolute heresy in the Catholic ...

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