“Well, That Was A Complete Bust,” Francis Tells Crowd Moments Before Cancelling Remainder Of Year Of Mercy

May 4, 2016 by  
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During his general audience this week in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis announced the cancellation of the remainder of the Holy Year of Mercy, saying that the whole idea was a “complete and utter bust.”

“Let us not forget that God forgives and God forgives always,” Francis said. “But let us never forget that man does not forgive and will never forgive. That is one thing I have learned these past few months.”

Francis continued his statement, saying, “I was convinced that the whole Church, which has much need to receive mercy, would find in this jubilee the joy to rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God. Boy, was I way off on that one. Way off. What is wrong with you people? Seriously, I considered keeping it going for a couple more months, but it’s clear you’re all too busy on your phones to rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God. And the answer is no, liking a picture of Mother Theresa with a quote next to it on Instagram does not count as rediscovering anything but your laziness.”

The Jubilee, which was scheduled to end in November, officially ends today after the official closing ceremony, where Pope Francis is scheduled to take back all the graces Catholics received during the Jubilee, and to return them back to God.

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  • Admiral Nissan

    Actually, if only this were true — so many lame programs at “Insert name of church, diocese, etc.” this year.

  • Pablo del Río

    I wish this were true…only to get rid of that creepy single-eye-sharing logo they came up with. Anyone else notice how our Faith is starting to fall victim to gimmick-laden advertisement?

    • That logo is the reason the Year of Mercy failed 🙂

    • Whose fault is that?

      • Pablo del Río

        Hello Father! I would trace it right back to the disastrous changes stemming from the Second Vatican Council. The Mass went from being treated as something literally extraordinary to something ordinary, and the rest of the Faith decayed around it.

        The obsession over “keeping things modern” by those whose only
        interest is to see the Church remade (or these days, kept) as their ideal institution, has
        dealt a heavy blow to our Catholic Church.

        Where before we created and used the most sublime artistry to capture and convey the essence of our Faith, we now settle for mundane logos, catchphrases, and catchy tunes. We view the Church through the lens of the world, instead of the other way around.

        That is what has been “achieved” in the past fifty years. I say it’s time we recognize this for the disaster it has been, pray to God that he gives us the grace we need to recover from so great a wound, and do our utmost to fix it.

        God bless you, Father, in all your hard work!

    • VeilOfTiers

      And don’t forget the song that goes with it. I’m not saying the words or music are bad, but if you listen to it once you will have it with you all day. If not longer.

      I see they have not recalled it, either.

      • Pablo del Río

        Yikes…at least it’s in Latin.

      • More Tea Vicar?

        Perhaps the song could have been either ‘Mercy, Mercy Me’ or ‘Mercy’ by Duffy.

    • More Tea Vicar?

      It has been doing that since the fake ”Spirit of Vatican II”.
      Some hack compared the Year of Mercy logo to a two-headed character from ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.’
      It would have made more sense if there was a sheep on Christ’s shoulders than a bewildered bloke in a Chinese State Circus contortion!

  • Beth

    It was not a “fail” in our diocese; cathedral full of young people going to confession and weeping….it has been a beautiful year. I can’t imagine being cynical about something so beautiful and meaningful, or making jokes about it.

    • Wilson Gavin

      God preserve us from sour-faced saints…

      • Beth

        God preserve us from your pompous butt.

        • Paul Schultz

          Whoa! Mercy fail.

          • Beth

            Wait….he can’t take a joke? I guess humor….is subjective??

          • observant cat

            Beth, you will feel so much better when you get that stick removed. Lord have mercy!

          • Beth

            No, I love jokes. I make jokes all the time. Like my Mom always said, observant cat, you shouldn’t dish it out if you can’t take it.

          • observant cat

            I believe that you love jokes. I don’t think you’re very good at them, but I am sure you love them. My own little momma used to say, dear Beth, if you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all. But then we wouldn’t be having this lovely little talk if I always listened to momma.

          • Beth

            It’s not a lovely little talk. I think you are about the fifth overtly rude person who has responded to my post. That’s my sign to not waste any more time on comments sections. It really IS a complete waste of time. I am sorry, I don’t know who you are, but you were rude, he was rude, and I was responding in kind to prove a point. Sorry, I think you should have listened to your Mom but that’s between you and her and God. Please don’t waste my time with any more of this.

          • See what happens when the Year of Mercy is called off abruptly, or when pope calls back graces? People start fighting on and off line.

          • Beth

            It’s just the internet. People are rude in a way they won’t be face to face. That’s why I always make the resolution not to post anything online, but then every now and then I do it and regret it. You can be having a bad day to begin with, and then you get some gratuitous snooty hurtful insults from total strangers. I really hate it. It’s depressing to think this is maybe what is inside of people that they are thinking in their heads but don’t say because of social norms or cowardice or whatever. It’s really upsetting to me, and I’m not joking. Every single time I make the mistake of posting a comment on internet, I always, always, always regret it. It makes me depressed about this country. And worse when it’s a “Catholic” kind of a site. And there’s no kind of defense; people will just hurt you purposely and gratuitously, and you don’t even know who they are. I wish the woman had the guts to face me. I would call her up right now.

          • Yes, the internet does grant some awful licenses. Don’t feel too bad here on EOTT. I am certain she meant you no ill and therefore it is most unlikely that you’d be able to misunderstand her in person let alone be mortally offended.
            EOTT is a strange kettle…you have to come here ready – don’t watch it too closely/seriously while its water boils.
            God bless you.

          • observant cat

            Beth, the two comments you deleted were rude, but more importantly for this site, totally unfunny. Totally. I think you are at a delicate place right now, and in all sincerity I apologize if I have hurt your feelings. And now, stepping totally out of EOTT mode, may God bless you and keep you (more of my momma’s favorite sayings).

          • All’s well that ends mercifully.

          • Beth

            Yes, I knew they were rude, that is why I deleted them. I lost my patience with vulgarity and rudeness. I have had enough. Your comment was vulgar. I am just sick of it. I am sick of personal attacks in our culture. Putting people down , criticizing, and picking is only funny to the people who are doing it. I made an sincere comment about the Year of Mercy in my diocese and got a bunch of total strangers trying to put me down. And it is presumptuous of you to say I am ‘ in a delicate place right now.’. No, I am not. I have just reached a limit on rudeness and vulgarity and demeaning of individuals. Your comment was not funny to me. It was demeaning and vulgar.

          • Beth

            And I am sorry I responded in kind, but, like I said, I am at a saturation point already. I will avoid these kinds of things in the future.

          • observant cat

            Maybe this site should be avoided, yes, but there are other sites that are much more gentle that I am sure you would enjoy. This is not a hateful site, but a tongue in cheek site that may seem to some as over the edge. I really didn’t mean or even want to hurt your feelings. Once again, I’m sorry.

          • Beth

            You and other people on this site succeeded in making me feel like crap in about five minutes flat. Just because someone doesn’t laugh at your joke every time, you have to try to humiliate the person? That’s just insane. No matter where you go on internet, you run the risk of being swarmed by negative, vicious, carping verbiage. I don’t find the articles here offensive, I can get the humor, even if this one did not resonate with me. It is the comment sections on almost any site that can make you feel like you just fell into a pool of piranhas. If you walked into a social environment like that in real life, you would never go back. The world sucks enough as it is right now. Thanks for your apology but next time think that people are human beings with lives and feelings.

          • Stephen_Phelan

            No making jokes about mercy. Don’t even imagine it.

            The butt comment was right on. Hypocritical, but funny.

          • Beth

            What was hypocritical about it?

      • jimmccrea

        The whole saying:

        “From sour-faced saints and silly devotions, good Lord, preserve us!” ( St. Theresa of Avila)

    • Netmilsmom

      They’ll be at the Megachurch in a year if their faith is based on feelings.
      They told us all about the wonderful young people filling the churches in the 90s too. Wonder where they are today?

      • Beth

        Hmmm….and if their faith is NOT based on feelings, they WON’T be at the Megachurch in a year. Your point being? By the way, I am one of the young people who was in the Church in the 90’s. And guess where I am? HERE. Since you were wondering.

        • Netmilsmom

          Statically, you don’t have a lot of your fellow Catholics with you. Just sayin’

          • Beth

            I don’t know. When I went to daily Mass at my university in the 90’s, I was the only person under 60 who was there. One day I was the only one there (besides the priest), period. I have a whole lot more people around me in the pews these days. I don’t know about statistics but I sure don’t feel as lonely as I did in those days.

          • Netmilsmom

            Hurray for anecdotal evidence!!

          • Beth

            I’m sorry. I don’t know what I am doing exactly talking to you. I don’t even know who you are or anything about you. I don’t think this article is funny and I think the comments below it are rude but I guess all of us at some point have probably wasted time with this thing. I’ll block this page and you can talk to your cynical self.

          • What do you mean? anecdotal evidence is sometimes the strongest form of evidence. In Science for example, it is the only proof we have for the existence of dinosaurs.

          • Beth

            I don’t know who you are and what your point is, and I wandered onto this article by mistake. I love my faith and I am grateful for my parish and I love my diocese. I’m sorry if it somehow riled you that I shared that. I will remove my post. I don’t like posting online but sometimes I do it without thinking.

          • VeilOfTiers

            Oh rats! I can’t follow this discussion because some comments were deleted! How merciful is that…?

        • Where is here? Megachurch? Sorry, English is not my second language.

          • Beth

            Hmm…that’s interesting…is it your third or fourth?

  • Casper

    Right – – what would have happened after the Year of Mercy? God or the Church would become less merciful at midnight?

    • Cminor

      At the slamming of the Doors of Mercy.

      • Casper

        I immediately thought of the church song that goes “On the walking on the road, we saw Him…..” “at the breaking of the bread, we saw him..”

    • Rollover mercy, nights and weekends!

  • Professor X to the Third

    it’s Teresa not Theresa…

  • Monk

    I note that Francis made this announcement immediately following Donald Trump’s victory in the Indiana primary.

  • Marie Van Gompel Alsbergas

    Perhaps PF is worried that some may call for a Year of Justice, had the Year of Mercy actually been fulfilled.

    • And Year of Papal Impeachment

      • Marie Van Gompel Alsbergas

        Peaches Flambe’

  • PF has finally learned, albeit the hard way, that “to forgive is Divine”. Now he can start stop meddling with Divine Attributes.

  • YoungbloodSavage

    Does this qualify as a mercy killing?

    • Exxie

      It kinda does! XDDD Applause, you deserve applause haha

  • Marie Van Gompel Alsbergas

    This whole Year of Mercy (or at least what few months we have experienced so far) feels more like a giant Mardi Gras instead of the Shrove Tuesday that it needs to be. Woe when the Ashes of Wednesday begin to fall, ushering in a time of Justice!

  • susanna

    Weak hearted, weathervane, defeated, sad Christian. Disillusioned pessimist! Sourpuss, mournful funeral Christian!

    Leave the grace, take the cannolli.

    • More Tea Vicar?

      …’Weak hearted, weathervane, defeated, sad Christian. Disillusioned pessimist! Sourpuss, mournful funeral Christian!”
      For tonight’s star prize, you forgot to add: ”face like a tango dancer with a twisted ankle Christian.”

  • Jennifer Roback Morse Phd

    People, this is a SATIRE site. Please, laugh and enjoy it. Or not. But please don’t take it too seriously.

  • sarah

    Oh, stop. How is it a failure? Because droves of people are not coming to Rome? You know, you get all the graces and indulgences by staying at home. Didn’t he make like, everyone’s front door a ‘holy door’? I need to check that … ^_^