At last Saturday’s MCC Annual Assembly, St. Louis theologian Ed Hogan offered a sharp contrast between tolerance and mercy: “With tolerance: 1) nothing is wrong; and, 2) no one needs to be forgiven. Pope Francis, however, has been promoting mercy. With mercy: 1) something is wrong; and, 2) someone needs to be forgiven.”
In commenting on the Holy Father’s admission, “I am a sinner,” Dr. Hogan observed: “He wasn’t only telling the truth about himself. As a spiritual physician, he was giving a diagnosis, and prescribing the remedy by example.” Dr. Hogan went on to call on Catholics “to be at the forefront of building a culture of mercy.” The keynote address can be found here.