People who pretend to be Christians publicly, but follow their own selfish passions privately, destroy themselves and cause scandal to those around them, Pope Francis said.
Jesus is severe with those who “lead double lives,” because they cause others to see Christianity in a bad light, the pope said on 23rd February during morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
“So many Catholics are like this and they scandalise. How many times have we heard – all of us, in our neighbourhood and in other places – ‘But to be a Catholic like that one, it would be better to be an atheist.’ That is the scandal. It destroys you, it throws you down,” he said.
The pope focused his homily on the day’s Gospel reading from St Mark (9:41-50) in which Jesus gives a warning about anyone who “causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin.”
Some people who go to Mass and belong to Church groups still fail to live a Christian life, the pope said. “This happens every day; all you have to do is watch the news or read the newspapers. There are so many scandals in the newspapers and a lot of publicity on scandals. And these scandals destroy.”