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In a Papal Bull announcing hte Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis is sending out 'Missionaries of Mercy.'  These priests will be given the ability to forgive sins normally reserved for the Holy See.  See text below:

Quote:During Lent of this Holy Year, I intend to send out Missionaries of Mercy. They will be a sign of the Church’s 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 Father’s 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” (Heb2:17).

Hopefully this will be used as an encouragement for people to return to the sacrament of confession.  Even though most people don't commit those types of sins, it may shine light on this all too often forgotten sacrament. 

Seems like a good idea to me.  Thoughts?

God Bless

Michael
(05-05-2015, 11:52 AM)Michael Levanduski Wrote: [ -> ]Hopefully this will be used as an encouragement for people to return to the sacrament of confession.  Even though most people don't commit those types of sins, it may shine light on this all too often forgotten sacrament. 

Seems like a good idea to me.  Thoughts?

God Bless

Michael

I think it's great. The Sacrament of Penance is so powerful, not just on the supernatural level (ovbviously), but on the natural, psychological level. You walk out of there feeling like a million bucks. The more people experience -- or re-visit -- that Sacrament, the better off the world will be. So, I finally get to say, "good on the Pope" haha

When I first read it I also thought nothing of it. But Chris Ferrara sees in it a breach: apparently its designed to override the parish priest judgment, for instance, in allowing communion to remarried people (and the pope did this twice already). See it here:

At a May 5 press conference in Rome, Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, provided additional details about the extraordinary jubilee year of mercy, which begins on December 8, 2015, and concludes on November 20, 2016.

The prelate repeated several of the details presented last month in Pope Francis’s bull of indication for the jubilee year.

The motto of the jubilee year, he added, is “merciful like the Father,” as he announced the following calendar of events:


•January 19-21: days “dedicated to all those involved with the organization of pilgrimages”
•February 10 (Ash Wednesday): Pope presents mandate to Missionaries of Mercy
•April 3: “a celebration for those who in various ways are inspired by a charism of mercy (movements, associations, and religious institutes)”
•April 24: a day dedicated to youth of ages 13-16
•May 29: jubilee celebration for deacons
•June 3: jubilee celebration for priests
•June 12: “a large gathering for the sick and disabled, as well as for those who care for them”
•July 26-31: World Youth Day in Krakow
•September 4: day for charitable volunteers
•September 25: jubilee of catechists
•October 9: celebration in honor of Mary, the Mother of Mercy
•November 6: jubilee for those in prison

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=24823
Prisoners may celebrate their Holy Year with the Pope in St. Peter's Basilica, says the Vatican official collaborating with the Pope for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

At a press conference held this morning at the Holy See Press Office on the Holy Year of Mercy, Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, shared new developments with the press on what to expect.

This Extraordinary Jubilee, announced by Pope Francis on April 11, starts Dec. 8 on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the day on which the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica will be opened, and ends Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Between the two dates, a calendar of various events is being developed, he noted.

The Vatican official encouraged those gathered to re-read the Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee, Misericordiae vultus, in which Pope Francis details the aims of the Holy Year.

On how to stay posted on Holy Year developments, he noted the official website for the Jubilee has already been launched: www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va, saying it can also be accessed at www.im.va. Available in seven languages--Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, and Polish--, the site provides official information regarding the calendar of the major public events, information for participating in the events with the Holy Father, and all of the official communications regarding the Jubilee.

Moreover, through the site, dioceses will be able to receive information and pastoral suggestions, register pilgrimage groups, and relay to us their local diocesan projects. The website uses a number of social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Flickr) through which, he said, the Vatican will be able to provide updates on the Pope's initiative and follow in real time the major events as they take place.

He added that they are studying the possibility of an app with which to better integrate all this information.

“In order to avoid any misunderstanding, it is important to reiterate that this Jubilee of Mercy is not and does not intend to be the Great Jubilee Year of 2000. Therefore, any comparisons lack validity, for every Holy Year possesses its own unique nature and aims.

He also pointed out that the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is unique from the other extraordinary jubilees. While they fell on anniversaries, this is based on a theme.

“It is the Pope’s desire that this Jubilee be celebrated in Rome as well as in the local Churches; this will give due focus to the life of individual Churches and their needs, in such a way that the initiatives will not place an extra burden on local Churches, but will blend into their calendars and usual activities very naturally.”

"Also, for the first time in the history of the Jubilee tradition, " he said, "there will be an opportunity for individual dioceses to open a Holy Door – The Door of Mercy – either in the Cathedral or in a church of special meaning or a shrine of particular importance for pilgrimages."

“We thought it would be important to gather together believers who live in a particular way the experience of mercy,” Archbishop Fisichella said, before outlining some specific events that will take place during the year.

On April 3, we will have a celebration for those who in various ways are inspired “by a charism of mercy,” in movements, associations, and religious institutes.

On Sept. 4, charitable volunteers will gather from all over the world. “A volunteer is a dynamic witness of someone who lives the works of mercy in its various expressions and deserves to be celebrated in this special way,” he said.

“For those who are inspired in a particular way by Mary,“ he said, on Oct. 9, there will be a special day on Oct. 9 to celebrate her as the Mother of Mercy.

There will be a number of events dedicated particularly to youth, who, he noted, “upon receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation are called to profess their faith.”

Turning to youth, the Vatican official pointed out that for those between the ages of 13 and 16, there are few opportunities for involvement within the ordinary pastoral life of the Church. Given this, he said, they have reserved the date of April 24 for them, months before World Youth Day, which will be held in Krakow, July 26-31, and “is geared toward youth of an older age bracket.”

On May 29, A jubilee will be held for deacons “who by their vocation and ministry are called to preside in works of charity in the life of the Christian community.”

For the 160th anniversary of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 3, he said that there will be a Jubilee celebration for priests.

On Sept. 25, there will be the Jubilee of catechists who, “in transmitting the life of faith, support Christian communities and, in particular, our parishes in a decisive way.” 

On June 12, he said there will be a large gathering for the sick and disabled, and those who care for them.

On Nov. 6, we will celebrate the Jubilee for those in prison. “This will be held not only in prisons, but we have been studying the possibility of giving many of those in prison the opportunity to celebrate their own Holy Year with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica."

”There will significant efforts to enact Pope Francis’s vision and witness of reaching out to those on the existential  ‘peripheries’ of society, in order to give a direct testimony to the Church’s affinity and care for the poor, the suffering, the marginalized, and all those who need a sign of tenderness,” he said.

These moments, the archbishop stressed, will have a symbolic meaning, noting bishops and priests will be asked to perform, in their own dioceses, similar symbolic gestures of communion with Pope Francis "so that everyone may receive a concrete sign of the Church’s ministry of mercy and closeness."

Another main priority, Archbishop Fisichella also stressed, is meeting the needs of the many pilgrims who will come alone to Rome apart from any organized tour or tour group.

"For these individuals, there will be a number of churches in the historic center of Rome where they will feel welcome, where they can have moments of reflective prayer and prepare themselves thoroughly to walk through the Holy Door in an atmosphere of genuine spiritual devotion," he said.

All the pilgrims who will come to Rome, he said, will have a privileged route through which to walk through the Holy Door, adding, "This is necessary in order to ensure that the event is lived in a religious way, safe from any climate of abuse that can easily confront millions of people making a pilgrimage to Christian holy sites."

"We are convinced that the path of Mercy on which Pope Francis has placed the Church in this journey of the Jubilee will be a moment of true grace for all Christians and a reawaking to the path of the new evangelization and the pastoral conversion the Pope has indicated."

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/what-to...bilee-year
(05-05-2015, 11:52 AM)Michael Levanduski Wrote: [ -> ]In a Papal Bull announcing hte Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis is sending out 'Missionaries of Mercy.'  These priests will be given the ability to forgive sins normally reserved for the Holy See.  See text below:

Quote:During Lent of this Holy Year, I intend to send out Missionaries of Mercy. They will be a sign of the Church’s 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 Father’s 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” (Heb2:17).

Hopefully this will be used as an encouragement for people to return to the sacrament of confession.  Even though most people don't commit those types of sins, it may shine light on this all too often forgotten sacrament. 

Seems like a good idea to me.  Thoughts?

God Bless

Michael

I believe it can be a good idea if it is used properly and for the right intent

I don't know about anyone else but I always imagine horrible sins which are received for the Holy See such as the desecration of the Eucharist (which I believe is received for the Pope alone no?)

For that reason the people who have allowed themselves to fall into several of these horrible sins that are reserved for the Holy See may have deep down wanted to go to Confession but because they have to go all the way to Rome and furthermore because of great shame they may have not gotten around to it.

For that reason if used properly I am pretty sure that this would help people who need to get absolved to do so
In a special prayer he composed for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asks Jesus to “let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.”

The full text of the Pope’s prayer reads:


Lord Jesus Christ, You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=24836
(05-05-2015, 04:51 PM)Renatus Frater Wrote: [ -> ]When I first read it I also thought nothing of it. But Chris Ferrara sees in it a breach: apparently its designed to override the parish priest judgment, for instance, in allowing communion to remarried people (and the pope did this twice already).

Aye.  I've heard this kind of speculation as well.  I heard it in a conversation between Steve Skojec:

http://www.onepeterfive.com/podcast/1p5-...barnhardt/

The following quotation comes straight from Ann Barnhardt's website:

Quote:Last fall’s Synod Against the Family showed the Francis regime two things.  First, there would be “refuseniks” to the diabolical Bergoglio-Kasper plan, and second, who those “refuseniks” are.  So, in order to deal with these “enemies of the revolution”, Francis is simply going to send these “Missionaries of Mercy” out into the bishoprics of the ACTUAL, BELIEVING CATHOLIC BISHOPS, and make no mistake, their marching orders will be hold “marriage tribunals in the confessional” that would ratify all manner of adultery and concubinage.  And you know what?  I doubt there is a single bishop on the planet who would tell these so-called “Missionaries of Mercy” to stay away.  Because that is the only real option because the confessional certainly cannot be miked to ensure compliance with the teaching of Jesus Christ and His Church.

So yeah.  Francis and his puppet masters observed their fellow Marxist thug Obama’s success in using unilateral, illegal tyrannical edicts and siccing bureaucrats onto the supine underlings, and are simply copying the play in their quest to destroy the Sacrament of Marriage and thus “force” priests to desecrate the Eucharist within the Mass itself.