Mercy is key to interreligious Dialogue, claims Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon.
Recalling Karol Wojtyła’s thought, the cardinal said:
“Merciful is not only an adjective we can attribute to God. Mercy is not only one of the qualities of God, who is also Creator, Almighty. Mercy — said the Pope — is really his name.”
The cardinal addressed Muslim and Christian Pilgrims at 7 Sleepers Church, recoded on Zenit.org 28th of July.
If mercy can be considered a name of God, its role should not be forgotten in interreligious dialogue, says Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon.
On Sunday, the primate of Gaul suggested this as he presided over a Mass in the Church of the Seven Saints of Ephesus, in the small village of Vieux-Marche. He was speaking in the context of a Muslim-Christian pilgrimage that has been held for almost 60 years in this locality.
“Why has the word mercy deserted the lips of Catholics?” the Morocco-born cardinal wondered in his homily. “Why do we use it so little? Why are we afraid to use it? I’m surprised, because it appears everywhere in the Bible, and it would be a wonderful concept for interreligious dialogue.”
“This phrase could be very useful in profound dialogue, following the record of God’s love, with our brother believers of other religions,” the cardinal affirmed.
The Roman Catholic Church does all it can to minimize the name of Jesus, in a bid to find consensus around who “god” is. The Vatican is convinced that the name of Jesus will only create division, and is not useful as a central point in interfaith dialogue.
The problem is obvious.
Man can only be saved, by surrender to God in the name of Jesus. No one will be saved, by looking towards haven and beg “Mercy” come and save them.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The deception in the Vatican comes without limits. The One World religion will surely be able to unite around a “god” named “mercy”. But this religious movement is a corrupt and a pit full gathering of deceivers of the flock.
Written by Ivar.