It’s hard being a rational, thinking, philosophic minded individual with the conviction that somethings are absolute while other things are not. because speaking up on issues like this, you often get labeled as a fundamentalist sycophant with no ability to rationalize your faith.
However, the work of the cross and the need for humans to accept it in order to be saved and empowered through grace for good deeds is a fundamental and absolute truth that can’t be changed with the times. Nor can it be reinterpreted through a relativity in order to satisfy a nation drunk on subjectivity.
The Pope saying that even atheists can be saved by doing good deeds is a boundary line we can’t cross. Not because atheists are second class citizens, they are beautiful image bearers of God that need reconciliation. A reconciliation that doesn’t come through good works.
Christianity is not morality, it’s love in Christ. We love others because we are empowered to by our love for Christ. You can’t have the second without the first.
Praying for the Pope. Praying for those in our faith. Let us fight the good fight of faith and lean into the saving work of Christ to empower us to love one another.