A plea for mercy

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We have all been inspired by Pope Francis’ and Cardinal Kasper’s gestures of compassion to the divorced and remarried.  Indeed, we are all sinners, and these wise prelates know that the Lord’s table is no place to exclude those who refuse to submit to Jesus’ statements on remarriage.  However, it should be remembered that selective mercy is often a greater cruelty to those who remain outside its graces.  Let us not forget those other sensitive Christian souls who have for so long suffered judgement and exclusion from the Church.  I refer, of course, to that other subset of unrepentant adulterers, the ones who haven’t abandoned their first families and civilly remarried.

Consider, if you will, the dilemma of a believing Catholic man who has found himself in a relationship with a mistress.  Rosary-counting Catholics–more Pharisee than Christian!–would condemn this man for his sins of “lust”, but I know that many…

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3 Responses to A plea for mercy

  1. Tony Jokin says:

    Great article. Goes to show what sort of mockery will be unleashed if Cardinal Kasper’s wishes are granted. What I can’t still fathom is how there is no outright backlash against his speech starting from the Pope himself. Then again, there might have been and I might have missed it in my attempts to avoid the news haha.

  2. Danielius says:

    I’m wondering, if we’re willing to “pastorally” subvert two sacraments then what exactly isn’t up for grabs? The natural next step is open communion – you only need to gently modify the argument about the Holy Eucharist not being a prize, but a cure and voilà! You can also borrow the “it’s already happening anyway” argument too – is there any real difference between liberal Catholics and liberal Protestants? No. So, why unmercifully withdraw the cure from them too? And it’d be so wonderfully ecumenical! Surely some ambiguous citation from an early obscure bishop can be found to support this obvious goodness?

    Maybe the belief in Holy Trinity can go too? Lets just apologize to Arians, adopt them and then we have the necessary precedent from Early Church to override centuries of tradition and doctrinal affirmations. And then as pastoral Unitarians then we can have REALLY fruitful talks with non-Christian religions! Alright, alright, I’m stopping, I think my head is still spinning from accidentally reading a liberal Catholic discussion of marriage.

  3. Keep in mind that the post I reblogged is satire.

    Your proposals have some real promise: you should apply for a job in the Vatican!

    It really isn’t hard to understand what’s at stake here, and why it’s so ominous. Some people just prefer to play dumb as a confused expression of loyalty. #softUltramontanism #compassionateClericalism

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