Let me start with this: ¬†I’m not a Catholic and really don’t care much for what any particular RCC official has to say, but since this showed up on a friend’s facebook wall, I thought I would look at it.
I haven’t verified the quote yet, so will address the points in and of themselves. ¬†It goes like this:
“It is not necessary to believe in God to be a good person.” ¬† This part is certainly true by human standards.
“In a way, the traditional notion of God is outdated.” ¬† ¬†This may be a RCC thing.. because I don’t know what tradition he’s talking about. ¬† I do know that the Biblical notion of God is by no means outdated. ¬†:)
“One can be spiritual but not religious.” ¬† I hold that as correct, and strongly encourage it. ¬†You do not have to be religious to go to be saved, you merely have to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour.
“It is not necessary to go to church and give money- for many, nature can be a church” ¬†Bonus points on that one, for while¬†we should go to church ( a Bible believing one), it is not a salvation issue. ¬† As far as nature being a church well, yes, it can be and indeed it is; ¬†for many spiritual paths. Only one of which (accepting Jesus) leads to God.
“Some of the best people in history did not believe in God, while some of the worst deeds were done in His name” ¬† ¬† ¬†Apples and oranges here. ¬† He is okay on the first part.. and it is a tragedy that those good people are in hell today since they didn’t know God. ¬† ¬†Now for those deeds… oh yeah.. they were done in His name alright. ¬†From the best I have been able to ascertain though, they were done by folks who didn’t actually know Him, and definitely were not following the path of Jesus.