Pope Francis, the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church, on Thursday has said it is better to be an atheist than one of “many” Catholics he said lead a hypocritical double life.
Delivering another criticism of some members of his own Church, the pontiff 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 pope said, according to a Vatican Radio transcript.
Since his election in 2013, the pope has often told Catholics, both priests and lay people, to practice what their religion preaches.
Less than two months after his election, he said Christians should see atheists as good people if they do good.