Skip to comments.‘May the balm of mercy reach everyone’, says Francis as he proclaims Holy Year
Posted on 04/12/2015 1:38:17 PM PDT by NYer
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It’s yet another attack on the necessity of the papacy.
Don’t know if I believe it, though; we’re talking about serious sins here.
It’s in Paragraph 18 from the link http://m.vatican.va/content/francescomobile/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html
“18. During Lent of this Holy Year, I intend to send out Missionaries of Mercy. They will be a sign of the Churchs maternal solicitude for the People of God, enabling them to enter the profound richness of this mystery so fundamental to the faith. There will be priests to whom I will grant the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See, so that the breadth of their mandate as confessors will be even clearer. “
I don’t see the problem. It’s just during Lent next year only and more importantly they are sent by the Pope himself. Otherwise they wouldn’t have such authority.
I guess the question is: does the Pope have the power to appoint such priests or not? If someone claims “no”, and can prove it, we might have a problem.
If he does have such an ability, to appoint priests to absolve such sins, then I don’t see what the big whoop is.
18. During Lent of this Holy Year, I intend to send out Missionaries of Mercy. They will be a sign of the Churchs maternal solicitude for the People of God, enabling them to enter the profound richness of this mystery so fundamental to the faith. There will be priests to whom I will grant the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See, so that the breadth of their mandate as confessors will be even clearer. They will be, above all, living signs of the Fathers readiness to welcome those in search of his pardon. They will be missionaries of mercy because they will be facilitators of a truly human encounter, a source of liberation, rich with responsibility for overcoming obstacles and taking up the new life of Baptism again. They will be led in their mission by the words of the Apostle: For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all (Rom 11:32). Everyone, in fact, without exception, is called to embrace the call to mercy. May these Missionaries live this call with the assurance that they can fix their eyes on Jesus, the merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God (Heb 2:17).
Even if it is “allowed” that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea or that it could be the beginning of a slippery slope. Has any other pope done this before in the history of the Church? I’m not aware of any.
And who’s to decide if it’s a “good idea” or not? A couple of Internet theologians or the Pope himself?
Funny, as a Catholic I think the latter is more qualified to make that judgement.
Yes, and, once a upon a time, communion in the paw was once reserved to the heretic bishops in Holland only. No other countries were to practice it.
Are you talking about the same pope who brokers deals for Obama with Communists? The same Pope who is going to write an encyclical on the global warming hoax?
Francis is doing a lot of “firsts”. He thinks he’s a trendsetter and the secular world loves him for it.
Seems to be once again parroting Cardinal Kasper.
We have a new world order pope.
Nor in the Maronite Church where only the priest and deacon distribute the Eucharist ... and it is by intinction, and on the tongue. Today, a RC family presented their child for Baptism (during the reign of RC Bishop Hubbard, 5 of the 6 local RC parishes were closed). Normally in the Maronite Church, Baptism and Chrismation (Confirmation) are administered at the same time. The family opted for strictly a Baptism. The Maronite Church has retained the Rite of Exorcism as part of the Baptism. This has been dropped in the Latin Church.
There are certain sings that are so severe that they would require the Bishop of the Diocese to approve absolution. These were called, “reserved sins” In some of the cases Pope Francis mentioned, the ability of the priest to exercise his vocation may be compromised and require a higher authority. This new apostolate would be able to exercise that authority.
I'm only capable of English, with some Italian phrases I learned while growing up, and admire a person's capability to speak fluently in more than one language.
Paying attention to what is being said is more important.
To this day, I can’t bring myself to receive in the hand.
You didn’t answer my question. Has any other pope done anything like this in THE HISTORY of the Church? As far as I know, never. Why do you think that is? And why, if it’s never been done before, does this pope think it’s such a good idea?
And once upon a time non-Catholics couldn’t receive communion. Now they can.
But I guess that pope was qualified to make that judgment too.
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