(RNS) — The pope has in fact spoken of hell in the past in a way that clearly indicates that he believes in it.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) "Many of my advisers who are fighting it with me are giving me reliable data that estimates pedophilia inside the church at a level of 2 percent,” Pope Francis was quoted as saying.
(RNS) Pope Francis made clear that a chief evil in the church was the “narcissism” of its leaders, even calling the papal court a "leprosy of the papacy."
(RNS) "I believe in God, not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God. There is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope's letter is especially notable for its open and honest assessment of the spiritual state of nonbelievers, and for seeming to open the door to the idea that notions of sin, conscience and forgiveness can be decided outside of the Catholic Church.