The Catholic Church leader said, “Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas.
“The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God.
“God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device.
“Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God.”
In a shocking speech that is reverberating across the world, Pope Francis further said:
“All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. What other kind of truth is there?
“In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father, we never condemn our children.
“Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice!
“For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God.”
One statement in the Pope’s speech has sent traditionalists into a fit of confusion and hysteria:
“God is changing and evolving as we are, for God lives in us and in our hearts. When we spread love and kindness in the world, we touch our own divinity and recognize it.
“The Bible is a beautiful holy book, but like all great and ancient works, some passages are outdated. Some even call for intolerance or judgment.
“The time has come to see these verses as later interpolations, contrary to the message of love and truth, which otherwise radiates through scripture.
“In accordance with our new understanding, we will begin to ordain women as cardinals, bishops and priests.
“In the future, it is my hope that we will have a woman pope one day. Let no door be closed to women that is open to men!”