I have a sense of humor than can be slightly mean at times. So I always find it amusing when Pope Francis says something that is pretty much indefensible . . . and then his apologists defend it. When his conservative apologists defend him, it can be especially amusing. Contortionists have nothing on them.
So I am really looking forward to reading defenses of this:
"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! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”
Matt Kennedy is not defending this. He’s no fun.