Pope Francis led the prayers during Holy Mass in Rome today, after an Italian journalist claimed that the Pope told him that he did not believe that Jesus Christ was raised as a body, but in the & # 39; appearance of a spirit & # 39; .
Eugenio Scalfari, 95, a frequent papal interviewer, said his long-term friend Pope Francis does not believe an important Catholic doctrine that Jesus returned to the flesh after his crucifixion.
Although the allegations were disputed by the Vatican and the believers, they were not automatically rejected by the Holy See, which led some to criticize it for what was considered an ineffective response to a heretical issue.
It is when Pope Francis today presided over the Holy Mass for the celebration of the dedication of the Lateran basilica in Rome.
Pope Francis today presided over the Holy Mass for the Feast of Saint John of Lateran consecration in Rome, a day after his Italian friend accused him of denying the physical resurrection of Christ & # 39;
The pope conducts prayers during Holy Mass in Rome, while Eugenio Scalfari, 95, a frequent papal interviewer, said he does not believe an important Catholic doctrine that Jesus returned to the flesh after his crucifixion
Eugenio Scalfari, a frequent papal interviewer, made the claims in a new book and in La Repubblica
Pope Francis today presides the Holy Mass for the Feast of Dedication of St. John of Lateran Basilica, in Rome, Italy
Deacon Nick Donnelly told Militant church: & # 39; The Scalfari statements about the heretical beliefs of Francis are so shocking, and the adamant silence of the Pope so incomprehensible, we must assume that this is a correct account of their conversations. & # 39;
According to Scalfari, Pope Francis said: “He (Jesus) was a man until he was put in the grave by the women who restored his corpse.
What is the debate about the resurrection of Christ?
The idea that Christ was resurrected and rolled away a stone on what we now call Easter Sunday has been discussed by some.
Believers point to the detailed four gospels written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as well as the perceived accuracy of the New Testament.
But some claim stories have been dealt with over time.
Author Michael Paulkovich told MailOnline in 2014 of the book Mark in the Bible: & # 39; The original booklet with the name & # 39; Mark & # 39; finished at 16: 8, later counterfeiters added the imaginative resurrection story. & # 39;
& # 39; That night in the grave the man disappeared and came out of that cave in the form of a ghost meeting the women and the apostles, still keeping the shadow of the person, and then finally disappearing. & # 39 ;
The allegations of the bomb were on the front page of La Repubblica in Italy this week, which Scalfari founded, as well as the introduction of his new book.
Matteo Bruni, director of the press service of the Holy See, said: & # 39; As has been said on other occasions, the words Dr. Eugenio Scalfari attributes quotation marks to the Holy Father during the interviews, not to be considered as a faithful representation of what was actually said, but rather represents a personal and free interpretation of those who listened, as is clear from what is written today about divinity of Jesus Christ. & # 39;
The Orthodox Catholic doctrine says that Jesus returned as a human body, as demonstrated by disciple Thomas who touched his flesh.
The pope has previously discussed the subject and in a mass in 2016 said that Jesus was raised in body and mind, bringing Scalfari & # 39; s claims into disrepute.
Scalfari has previously been in contact with the Catholic Church after claiming that the Pope does not believe in hell or in the divine nature of Jesus.
Pope Francis leaves after presiding over a mass on the occasion of the celebration of the dedication to St. John of Lateran
The Pope's outing comes as journalist Eugenio Scalfari, 95, claims the bomb in a new book
Pope Francis greets Mayor Virginia Raggi of Rome after celebrating Mass in Rome
The mayor of Virginia Virginia Raggi (right) attends the Holy Mass today
Deacon Nick Donnelly said the silence of the Vatican & # 39; incomprehensible & # 39; and that the church was the & # 39; heresy & # 39; should have disapproved
Bishop Strickland, from the US, has misled Scalfari & # 39; s claims as & # 39; s & # 39; sued and says they mock the pope and the church
An Italian journalist has claimed that Pope Francis told him that he did not believe that Jesus Christ was raised as a body
Both were also denied by the Vatican, and Scalfari later admitted that some of the words attributed to the Pope were incorrect.
The atheistic journalist acknowledged that he did not record his interviews, but later wrote them down from his memory.
Christopher Lamb, the Rome correspondent for the Catholic magazine The Tablet, told MailOnline: & Scalfari does not take notes in interviews and reconstruct them from memory. It's hard to trust what he says. The most recent meeting between the Pope and Scalfari was two years ago. & # 39;
Mr. Lamb believes that both the left and the right approve the claims and the Vatican has been criticized for opposition to the current pope.
He said: & # 39; They are so opposed to this pontificate that they are willing to try to create a false story around it. They get upset if the Vatican does not play in it.
& # 39; The pope entered the meeting with a naive openness and this has been manipulated by the unbelievers left and right who do not like Pope Francis.
& # 39; I find it impossible to believe because the Pope gave his life to the idea of the resurrection, and it is also contradicted by the evidence when he spoke of the resurrection. & # 39;
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