In his homily at the Thursday morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis denounced Catholics who go to mass and participate in Church associations, yet don’t pay fair wages to employees or are involved in money laundering. He labeled it living a “double life.”
“It is a double life, a double life. A totally double life: ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this association and that one; but my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my workers a just wage, I exploit people, I am dirty in my business, I launder money…’ A double life. And so many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others,” the Pope said.
He also talked about scandal and tied it to leading a double life. According to the pope, Jesus says in the Gospel that those who are the cause of scandal- “without using the word ‘scandal,’ but it’s understood”- will knock on the doors of heaven and introduce themselves to God, saying, “Don’t you remember me? I went to Church, I was close to you … Don’t you remember all the offerings I gave?”
To these, Francis argued, on judgment day God will say: “Yes, I remember those: All dirty. All stolen from the poor. I don’t know you.”
This, the pontiff insisted, will be the response Jesus will give to Catholics who lead a double life.
For the Zenit News Agency (Feb. 23, 2017) report, click here.
For the Crux (Feb. 23, 2017), report click here.