Huffpost and others are helping to take it farther. That's the job of the media. Now the Vatican wants to split hairs between redemption and salvation in order that large numbers of believers who had been taught all their lives that atheists aren't saved will remain sane.
As the Pope tries to reach beyond the walls of Roman Catholicism, he is bound to make even more controversial remarks in future. As he tries to reach out, be more inclusive and unify, his rearguard might fracture. I have read about how it happened big time for the first time before. Jesus was a divisive character. He was a rabbi and there were many rabbis. Perhaps I seeing the same pattern here in the Pope reaching out.
George Yeo captioned: New Pope, new spirit. Perhaps new wine in the Bible is more telling.
I think atheists aren't saved provided you don't show me one. If I see him or her, I am no longer sure. Be clear about the concept and the complex reality. Conceptually there is good and evil. In reality they are mixed together like weeds among wheat as per Christ's parable.
Too many people open their mouth without their awareness of ignorance.
Of course if you are good, you are redeemed as the Pope gave his homily from Mark's Gospel. Do you know what the Pope meant by "you are good"? The Pope doesn't need any of us to explain or defend him. Blogging for myself, I was thinking more about people's reactions to his statement.
In the end, it wouldn't be what he said but what he does and then say that would carry his message. Plenty of time for that. You can't separate the life and words of Francis of Assisi or Mother Teresa.