„E în cer taticul meu?”
Asta Dumnezeu singur hotaraste. Dumnezeu, care „e un tatic”. (Si tot El stie adevarul ascuns în adâncul inimilor, adaug eu la adresa celor care raspândesc zvonuri, considerându-se proprietari ai adevarului, inclusiv al celui, atât de grav, în ce priveste viata dupa moarte si soarta sufletelor.)
Raspunsul Papei Francisc dat unui baietel care si-a pierdut tatal, un om care a lasat sa-i fie botezati cei patru copii, desi el însusi era ateu.
Daca un barbat a putut creste asemenea copii (baietelul a avut curaj sa vina inaintea unei multimi ca sa-si exprime durerea si nedumerirea), si i-a botezat desi nu era credincios, el a fost cu siguranta un om bun.
“A boy that inherited the strength of his father also had the courage to cry in front of all of us,” the pope said. “If this man was able to create children like this, it’s true that he is a good man.”
“That man did not have the [gift] of faith, wasn’t a believer. But he had his children baptized. He had a good heart,” Francis added.
“There, Emanuele, that is the answer,” the pope said, according to a translation provided by the Catholic News Service. “God surely was proud of your father, because it is easier as a believer to baptize your children than to baptize them when you are not a believer. Surely this pleased God very much.”
This isn’t the first time Francis has acknowledged that atheists can work for good.
In a 2013 homily, the pope reiterated the Christian belief that eternal salvation is attained through Jesus Christ. But he declared that all humans are created in the image of God, and that all have a duty to do good. This principle of doing good to others is one that unites all of humanity, the pope said, including atheists.
“Just do good and we’ll find a meeting point,” the pope said in that sermon.