|A jubilee of mercy...it can't come soon enough!|
Was this Cardinal Baldisseri's idea? Cardinal Kasper's clever idea? After all, he's the expert on mercy, isn't he?
I can only speak for myself. I have had two years of this strange 'mercy nullifies God's law, so there' weirdness streaming from the Vatican. That's two years in which my cynicism has matured.
Faithful Catholics don't - won't - say "hurrah" to what amounts to a blanket betrayal by the Hierarchy of Christ's own teaching by distributing communion to unrepentant adulterers and other unrepentant sinners in mortal sin. They won't say "huzzah" to treating the Holy Eucharist as if it were unchanged bread and wine, so now we are going to be made to feel really guilty to the point of pariah status for resisting the cunning plan made apparent by the manipulation at the Synod by the even more shrewd institution of a Jubilee Year of Mercy.
"You can't disagree with us on Kasper's proposal. It's the Year of Mercy, don't you know! And - and - he wrote a book about mercy! So there! If you don't go along with this, you're unmerciful!"
As I say, I've become quite cynical but I am sure that others feel the same. My good faith in this pontificate with its peculiar 'agenda' has been exhausted. I now expect the worst. It is bizarre that suddenly, when it suits the Pope, a Church custom venerated by his predecessors - a custom of incredibly ancient origins, origins that precede even the Traditional Latin Mass he has publicly dismissed - is suddenly seen as a positive - rather than a negative. The cynic might say that this is because, suddenly, an ancient custom suits a personal 'agenda'.
Still, a Year of Mercy. Let's go with that. Traditionally, according to Wikipedia a Jubilee is a year 'in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest'.
So...how about lifting all those restrictions on the Franciscans of the Immaculate? No? In a Jubilee Year of Mercy, how about teaching the Faithful and others the Truth through proper catechesis so that we may be convicted of our sins and seek Divine mercy? How about granting the Sacraments to German Catholics of good faith and good will even if they haven't paid their Church Tax? How about a cessation of all insults and a hostile atmosphere of recrimination directed at faithful Cardinals, Bishops and priests whose only crime is to wish to hold fast to the Magisterium and promote traditional liturgy?
Yes, the Jubilee Year of Mercy does strike me in the year of Our Lord 2015 as being a somewhat political, rather than a spiritual endeavour, because of what has preceded it, but of itself it is laudable. Despite my cynicism, I hope that, towards those faithful to the Magisterium and who celebrate the Mass of Ages, and to those who vigorously oppose the direction laid out at the first part of the Synod on the Family, that the mercy comes quick and fast. I hope and pray also that it brings many people closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our Divine Redeemer, Who is so rich in mercy and compassion for sinners.