In a conference on January 20, 2015, Cardinal Mardiaga considers that mercy must give a new spirit to the reforms introduced by the Second Vatican Council in order to open the Church to today’s world. Mercy without repentance for sins is used for this end; it appears to be nothing else than a complacent look on the sinner and his sins.
In view of the coming Holy Year, it is necessary to discern between this one-sided mercy and true mercy which fully invites to conversion, to the rejection of sin. Our prayers and penances during this year must be an answer to the request of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart to Mary at Fatima, whose centenary we will celebrate in 2017.
“Muslims rightly distrust Catholics who pretend to see only similarities between Islam and the Church. They respect a convinced Catholic who practices his religion, believes in it firmly, and endeavors to make known its truths and its benefits.” (Archbishop Lefebvre, Dakar, March 26, 1961)