New Evangelization and the Year of Mercy

On 13 March this year, Pope Francis announced his Extraordinary Year of Mercy, to begin 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At this time, he said, “I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization, that [the dicastery] might animate it as a new stage in the journey of the Church on its mission to bring to every person the Gospel of mercy.”

"Supreme Pastor and Teacher of All the Faithful"
“Supreme Pastor and Teacher of All the Faithful”

In an earlier post, I showed how the “New Evangelization” is being implemented in our diocese. In our diocese, the New Evangelization is an attack on the traditional dogma and practice of the faith, labelling Catholics who choose not to attend homosexual “marriages” as hostile and accusing them of sin.

“Misericordiae Vultus”, Pope Francis’ s Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary “Jubilee of Mercy”   advances the this pontiff’s agenda for an irreversible paradigm shift in the church. In it, he repeats the words of Pope John XXIII opening Vatican II, “Now the Bride of Christ wishes to use the medicine of mercy rather than taking up arms of severity…” and those of Pope Paul VI on closing the Council, “We prefer to point out how charity has been the principal religious feature of this Council … the old story of the Good Samaritan has been the model of the spirituality of the Council … a wave of affection and admiration flowed from the Council over the modern world of humanity. …The modern world’s values were not only respected but honoured, its efforts approved, its aspirations purified and blessed … Another point we must stress is this: all this rich teaching is channeled in one direction, the service of mankind

There you have it, in a nutshell so to speak, “The modern world’s values not only respected but honored, and all of this … in one direction, the service of mankind.” Truly befitting this new religion of man.

John Vennari at Catholic Family News has some insight on this:

It is thus fitting to recall the keen observation of Professor Romano Amerio in his brilliant work Iota Unum, where Amerio exposes John XXIII’s sentimental sophism as follows:

“The attitude to be adopted in regard to error is on the other hand a definite novelty, and is openly announced as being a new departure for the Church. The Church, so the Pope says, is not to set aside or weaken its opposition to error, but ‘she prefers today to make use of the medicine of mercy, rather than of the arms of severity.’ She resists error ‘by showing the validity of her teaching, rather than by issuing condemnations.’ This setting up of the principle of mercy as opposed to severity ignores the fact that in the mind of the Church the condemnation of error is itself a work of mercy, since by pinning down error those laboring under it are corrected and others are preserved from falling into it. Furthermore, mercy and severity cannot exist, properly speaking, in regard to error, because they are moral virtues which have persons as their object, while the intellect recoils from error by the logical act that opposes a false conclusion. Since mercy is sorrow at another’s misfortune accompanied by a desire to help him, the methods of mercy can only be applied to the person in error, whom one helps by confuting his error and presenting him with the truth; and can never be applied to his error itself, which is a logical entity that cannot experience misfortune. Moreover, the Pope reduces by half the amount of help that can be offered, since he restricts the whole duty of the Church regarding the person in error to the mere presentation of the truth: this is alleged to be enough in itself to undo the error, without directly opposing it. The logical work of confutation is to be omitted to make way for a mere didas-calia [direct instruction] on the truth, trusting that it will be sufficient to destroy error and procure assent. – Iota Unum, Chapter 4, “The Course of the Council,” emphasis added.

As the Pope and his allies in the wrecking crew continue with their new evangelization, we must not turn away and hide, but increase our efforts to be informed and reach out to other Catholics, alerting them to the errors being promoted and assisting them in resisting and in developing a healthy traditional Catholic spirituality.

Consider obtaining a supply of materials on the Message of Fatima, the Rosary, Brown Scapular, Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, The Way of Divine Love and First Saturdays Devotion. In addition, follow solidly Catholic Newspapers and Blogs like Catholic Family News, The Remnant Newspaper and the Blogs on my sidebar. The Fatima Center also has solid, dependable information regarding Fatima and most of the above devotions, and I especially recommend Christopher Ferrara’s Fatima Perspectives. You must be informed in order to help others, and you must be spiritually solid in order to assist others strengthen their souls.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us all, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.