TRUE MERCY

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2016

(Part 5)

TRUE MERCY

October 29, 2015

In our Church today there is an attempt by liberals to accommodate those in irregular unions–living in, divorced and remarried, in same-sex unions. The appeal is to mercy and compassion. While indeed mercy and compassion are godly virtues, we should look to true mercy, which does not excuse or condone sin, but which looks to the return of the sinner by way of repentance, which brings forgiveness and restoration. Thus is one able to receive the fullness of God’s mercy.

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Discussing the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza emphasized that mercy does not consist in tolerance of sin.

Cardinal Piacenza, the Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, told the Zenit news agency that

[m]ercy isn’t tolerance, in as much as it does not limit itself to “endure” the sinner, leaving him to continue to sin; rather, it denounces sin openly, and, precisely in this way, it loves the sinner: it recognizes that the sinner doesn’t consist of his sin, but is more; it leads his actions to the light of truth, the whole truth: and thus offers him salvation. Hence, [m]ercy doesn’t justify sin, in virtue of the socio-cultural, political-economic or personal circumstances that exist, but it so esteems man as to ask him to give an account of all his actions, thus recognizing him to be “responsible” before God.

“In a Jubilee Year, the Church as loving Mother does her utmost to multiply the ‘occasions of grace,’ especially in regard to the remission of sins, through sacramental confession,” he added.

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