I have recently returned to the Catholic Church and I read an article quoting Pope Francis today. Below are some of the points which the author said were quotes from Pope Francis. Some of the words I find very refreshing, but some sound so different from the view of the Catholic Church that I grew up in. Is this really the view of the Catholic Church today?
I would be grateful for opinions of others. Thank you.
The Third Vatican Council concluded today with Pope Francis announcing:
We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone.
The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. 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.
All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. Whether we worship at a church, a synagogue, a mosque or a mandir, it does not matter. Whether we call God, Jesus, Adonai, Allah or Krishna, we all worship the same God of love. This truth is self-evident to all who have love and humility in their hearts!
The Bible is a beautiful holy book, but like all great and ancient works, some passages are outdated.