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July 07, 2006



Thank you. This is something that many of us Catholics were discussing around the end of May. It's always good to have another voice joining in on the "It is mercy I desire" side of Christ's message.


Amen. Funny how one can approach mercy from any side of the table.


I saw your blog for the first time today. Also, just read the blog you were talking about "the cafeteria is closed" and the NCR site. I don't regularily blog here or at any of the other sites.

I think you are right to say that there should be more mercy given. I think mercy is the right word.

It is clear that NCR is writing a good deal of anti-Cathic articles, and is simply offensive for a practicing Catholic to read. They are clearly wrong. They go as far as to say that the Vatican is about to come-out and support condom use -- which is obsurd.

That said, they deserve to be treated with mercy. They deserve for someone to log onto their site and explain why they are wrong, and why they should repent and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ -- not their obsurdities.

I think that the bloggers on the Cafeteria is closed site are doing just that. If the world was not made of hypocrits, who could preach the gospel? Are we not all sinners?

Deacon DW

Yes, Chris, when we encounter error in others, we should treat them with mercy. However, it is not always in the interest of mercy or charity to immediately point out the faults in others.

We do better by offering kindness and a listening ear, and winning them over first. Often I get the impression that the Cafeteria is Closed finds sport in pointing out the fault or error in others. In no way should we consider such to be mercy.


sorry deacon, but it sounds like you don't want to address the error. that needs to be done and it can be done in an edifying way. too many Catholics don't want to offend, so they say nothing--even in the face of glaring error. I agree you don't need to be as harsh and pompous as is sometimes the case in 'the cafeteria is closed', but you must address the error--and they do address it!


Well, imho, there's often a litmus test of what *needs* addressing: Would you do it if Jesus or Mary were watching you; if so, how would you go about it -- IF Jesus or Mary were watching? One can hardly forget the Master's words about whited sepulchres.. One can hardly forget His own quiet respectful nudgings of His Apostles.

You're right, Deacon, about some things needing to come from sources of authority, lest an assessment of another be (or be deemed) hypocrisy, judgment, etc.

There's another test, tho' it may not qualify as much these days.. it is to ask if this -- the problem and/or the addressing of it -- will have any serious bearing on one's or another's salvation. If not, perhaps better for all to go fishing. I've seen (for example) a sede vacantist who might've been won over with mercy (or at least kept in the fold), go from genuinely wishing others, "May the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart watch over you..." to screaming, "Drop dead, pond scum!" when handled badly by a cafeteria-is-closed faction.

Mercy is the toughest thing to fineline-walk or measure. Only for us, tho' -- fortunately, Jesus the Font of Mercy never measured it out.

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