Who could not like such an appealing face? Our hearts are moved to pity. But getting past human emotion, we have to see that his words are wrong, leading men and women down the broad way to destruction.
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
In his widely acclaimed 2013 Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, the programmatic document of his pontificate, Francis writes that “Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live justified by the grace of God” (n. 254).
Leonardo De Chirico
10 As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”