I was contacted by a protestant friend of mine this morning who was quite disturbed by what Pope Francis had apparently said at the 3rd Vatican Council. “Let me stop you right there, I said…”
He pointed me to a website.
the following sarcastic monologue in my head ensued:
“What if—I know this is a little out there, but hear me out—what if it were, say, possible for websites to have false information. I know! I know! I sound like a conspiracy theorist, next I’ll be claiming that 9/11 was an inside job and that Neil Armstrong never set foot on the moon…”
Okay, enough of that.
Here’s the low-down.
Recently there was a blog posted by Diversity Chronicle claiming that Pope Francis said (at Vatican III) among other things:
“Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God.”
This is entirely false, obviously.
Click the “disclaimer” tag up the top and you’ll read that “The original content on this blog is largely satirical. . . I created this blog for my own personal amusement.”
So there you have it.
If someone questions you about what the Pope declared at Vatican III, I would advise you to giggle, pass them a caramel, point out to them that there has been no such council, and refer them to the snopes.com. A site dedicated to debunking myths so you don’t have to.