It is necessary, he said, to learn from these peoples how to relate to nature in the quest for a sustainable model “that can be a valid alternative to the race for profit that exhausts natural resources and damages the dignity of peoples”.
Catholics, Protestants often say, believe in salvation by good works. This engenders the reply from thoughtful Catholics, no we don’t! You have to have grace. In fact, we even believe in justification by faith, just like you Lutherans do, as proven by the accord we signed with liberal Lutherans. Since there is now no real disagreement, there is no need for the Reformation divisions. You can come back to Rome and enjoy being under Pope Francis.
But Pope Francis keeps preaching that salvation is, in fact, by good works. He is reported to have said recently that it’s better to be an atheist than a bad Christian. Now this is not exactly what he said, according to ChurchPop; in context he was referring to Christians living a “double life” of sin and piety, which creates a “scandal” that makes outsiders think it would be better to be an atheist. But read his sermon yourself to get a sense of where he stands on the importance of good works for salvation. Note how he warns against “excessive confidence” in Christ’s forgiveness.
(Vatican Radio) The compass of the Christian directs him to follow Christ crucified, not a disincarnate god, but God made flesh, Who bears in Himself the wounds of our brothers. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday.
ROME – At Ash Wednesday Mass, Pope Francis spoke about the bad habits, negativity, and sin present in our lives which cause us to be choked off from the life-giving breath of God – supernatural grace.
“The breath of God’s life saves us from this asphyxia that dampens our faith, cools our charity and strangles every hope,” he said March 1. “To experience Lent is to yearn for this breath of life that our Father unceasingly offers us amid the mire of our history.”