Summary: This week’s final round goes deep into Pope Francis. Other topics include the new Bolton/Mattis relationship, the omnibus bill, Trump going after Amazon, and much more!
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About "The Pope and Hell"
Pope Francis leads the Catholic Church, a worldwide Christian denomination of 1.28 billion people. It has been a 2000-year-old understanding that hell exists. But the Pope apparently backed a more recent theology of the non-existence of hell. In a private interview with Eugenio Scalfari, who published the Pope’s words in La Repubblica, the Pope apparently said, “There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”
The Internet world exploded. It seems to provide so-called proof of people’s skepticism of Pope Francis’ liberal views. The interviewee is a longtime friend — and avowed atheist — of the Holy Father. Some see Pope Francis as a radical, and the recent statement appears to validate it.
However, on March 29, the Vatican released the following statement denying La Repubblica’s quote. Whatever the case, extempers will weigh in in this week’s final round.
“The Holy Father Francis recently received the founder of the newspaper La Repubblica in a private meeting on the occasion of Easter, without however giving him any interviews. What is reported by the author in today’s article [in La Repubblica] is the result of his reconstruction, in which the textual words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”
This week’s final round goes deep into Pope Francis. Other topics include the new Bolton/Mattis relationship, the omnibus bill, Trump going after Amazon, and much more!
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