Saying mass yesterday, Pope Francis suggested that it was better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life, the Catholic News website reports today (February 23, 2017).
In the sermon of his private morning mass in his residence, he said: "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,'" the head of the 1.2 billion-member Church said, according to a Vatican Radio transcript.
Francis added that 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."