Pope Francis led prayers at Holy Mass in Rome today after an Italian journalist claimed the Pope told him he does not believe Jesus Christ was resurrected as a body, but in the ‘semblance of a spirit’.
Eugenio Scalfari, 95, a frequent papal interviewer, said his long-term friend Pope Francis does not believe a key Catholic doctrine that Jesus returned in the flesh after his crucifixion.
Though the claims were disputed by the Vatican and believers, they were not flat-out denied by the Holy See – leading some to criticise it for what has been deemed as an ineffectual response on a heretical matter. . .
According to Scalfari, Pope Francis said, ‘He [Jesus] was a man until he was put in the sepulchre by the women who restored his corpse.
‘That night in the sepulchre the man disappeared and from that cave came out in the form of a spirit that met the women and the Apostles, still preserving the shadow of the person, and then definitively disappeared.’ (Read more from “Pope Francis Leads Holy Mass in Rome a Day After Italian Friend Accused Him of ‘Denying the Physical Resurrection of Christ'” HERE)