The Catholic News Agency is reporting that the Pope says everyone can do good, regardless of belief.
In a mass delivered by Pope Francis on May 22nd, 2013 at St. Martha's residence in the Vatican, Francis claimed that every human person despite his or her beliefs can do good, and a sharing in good works is the prime place for encounter among those who disagree. Said the Pope:
“The Lord created us in his image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and he does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and avoid evil. All of us.”
“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.”
So, on the one hand, the Pope says atheists must do good works and that is the place where we're supposed to meet them. But, on the other hand, the scriptures say, "For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot." (Rom. 8:7) AND “without faith it is impossible to please” God (Heb. 11:6) AND the first and greatest commandment is "you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength". (Mark 12:30) Since atheists are hostile to God, don't have faith, don't love Him with all their hearts but in their unrighteousness suppress the truth by denying that God exists (Rom 1:17–22), how on Earth are atheists supposed to do 'good works that are pleasing to God'? Scripture clearly says that it can't be done!
Thank you Pope Francis for once again proving the falsehood of the Roman doctrine of "Papal Infallibility". As for me, I'll stick with the infallible word of God.
χάρις ἔλεος εἰρήνη σοι,