Pope Francis recently wrote a letter to the La Repubblica newspaper, in which he said that people who do not believe in God will be forgiven if they follow their personal conscience.
The Pope was responding to a list of questions from the newspaper when he wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart."
"The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience. Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience,” added the Pope, noted Independent.co.uk.
The Pope did not mention any verses from the Bible or Catholic doctrine. Nor did he acknowledge that one person's conscience could be very different from another's conscience in this subjective philosophy.
“Francis is a still a conservative, but what this is all about is him seeking to have a more meaningful dialogue with the world,” stated Robert Mickens, a Vatican correspondent for the The Tablet, a Catholic publication.