Pope Francis has gotten a fair amount of good press since taking over, and with good cause—while he is unquestionably a doctrinal conservative, he's kept that on the back burner, focused on the plight of the poor, and broken with centuries of papal tradition by not being an asshole.
Remember the other day, when he said that atheists can be good (even redeemed) if they are good people? I'm actually down with that. It's not like he's going to say, "Meh, anything goes, and this whole religion thing is nonsense." It's his job to be religious, and, half-measure though it may have been, I appreciated it for what it was.
Well, apparently not everyone in the Vatican agrees:
>>We all knew that sense of one-ness and actions-speak-louder-than-prayers wasn’t going to last very long. As the Pope’s words made their way around the world, a Vatican spokesman had to do some damage control and remind everybody that atheists, in fact, are going to hell unless they accept Jesus:
On Thursday, the Vatican issued an “explanatory note on the meaning to ‘salvation.’”
The Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, said that people who know about the Catholic church “cannot be saved” if they “refuse to enter her or remain in her.”<<
Via here: "Vatican Representative: Just to Be Clear, Atheists Are Still Going to Hell" (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendly…)