POPE OR HOAX?
What Did He Really Say?
Pope Francis is known for his daring pronouncements, but what did he actually say and what’s an internet hoax? Take our quiz to find out. And, remember, cheating is a sin!
1 Pope Francis accidentally dropped the Italian F-bomb during his weekly blessing from the Vatican.
2 “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!” 3 “Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see Hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God.”
4 “To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.”
5 “We need to avoid the spiritual sickness of a church that is wrapped up in its own world: when a church becomes like this, it grows sick.” 6 “God is changing and evolving as we are, for God lives in us and in our hearts. When we spread love and kindness in the world, we touch our own divinity and recognise it.”
7 “Inconsistency on the part of pastors and the faithful between what they say and what they do, between word and manner of life, is undermining the Church’s credibility.” 8 “Those who would dare to turn immigrants away, be they legal or undocumented, turn their backs on Christ himself. A racist is not a true Christian.”
9 “With regards to the ordination of women, the church has spoken and says no.” 10 “We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of women within the church. The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions.”
11 A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.” 12 All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. What other kind of truth is there?” 13 “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalise people for this. They must be integrated into society.” 14 “Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice! For conservatives and liberals, even Communists are welcome and have joined us.” 15 “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive method… it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.” 16 “I meant to apologise for using the word handicapped instead of
Cazzo! disabled, but that stupid woman pissed me off.” 17 “There are three things you can’t hide forever: the sun, the moon and the truth.”
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