Mercy, the compass and the weathervane….the Vatican Council II and hermeneutics and the torn down walls of the Church

To say that someone is ‘as changeable as a weathervane’ is a way to describe a person who constantly modifies his opinion or attitude according to the trend of the moment, just like a weathervane at the whims of the wind.

A compass is the extreme opposite: faithful to itself, it always points north, indicating the course with a sureness that is characteristic of things that are governed by permanent and immutable laws. Consequently, the compass is able to be used to guide sailors in tranquil or turbulent seas, in the storm as well as in calm weather.

If we were to compare the Church with one of these instruments, which would we choose? The answer is not as simple as it seems at first sight. Pope Benedict XVI had warned against a ‘hermeneutic of discontinuity’, which we could even call the ‘hermeneutic of the weathervane’…

So, during the Jubilee of Mercy, we might just ask: What is the meaning of mercy within the enduring teachings of the Church? Is it what Francis promulgates? Furthermore: what is the Church for Francis, a compass or weathervane? Click here for more…

3 thoughts on “Mercy, the compass and the weathervane….the Vatican Council II and hermeneutics and the torn down walls of the Church

  1. In the name of mercy we have already gone so far. How much more do we need to go before Catholics to realize what is going on?

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