The question of marriage and the family is at the heart of the concerns of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: this is a good opportunity to remember that indissolubility is one of the essential properties of marriage.
One husband and one wife for their whole life: this indissolubility is a good for the spouses themselves, but also for their children and for the entire Church.
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.