"In the latest edition of La Repubblica, Pope Francis' longtime atheist friend and interviewer, Eugenio Scalfari, claims that the Pope told him that once Jesus Christ became incarnate, he was a man, a "man of exceptional virtues" but "not at all a God."
The teaching of the Catholic Church and most Christian churches is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was incarnated as fully man and fully God.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "The unique and altogether singular event of the Incarnation of the Son of God does not mean that Jesus Christ is part God and part man, nor does it imply that he is the result of a confused mixture of the divine and the human. He became truly man while remaining truly God. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. During the first centuries, the Church had to defend and clarify this truth of faith against the heresies that falsified it. (464)" cnenews
Scalfari writes that Pope Francis denied the divinity of Christ during his existence on earth as a man. It has been very basic Catholic teaching that Jesus was both God and man and the second entity in the Trinity that is God. This doctrine emerged as a stabilizing force after several centuries of dispute among Christians as to the nature o Christ. The doctrine that became official was probably fostered by the Eastern Roman emperor to put an end to what was a constant source of violent dispute within his realm.
If Pope Francis really said that Jesus was not God while living as a man, this is a major thing, something like a constitutional crisis in the US. Men and women died in the Middle Ages for adopting similar positions.
Is Pope Francis a heretic, or is he proclaiming new doctrine ex cathedra? pl