|Holy Affection Church's youth group is excited about it's new bishop,|
who will finally teach them about the real Jesus.
Bishop-elect Ruggles' words seem to resonate with the people of his diocese. "It's great to have attention given to this new idea. If we had done so earlier maybe so many bad things would not have happened, like slavery, women not being able to vote, and the death of Jesus," said Mary-Kate Robinson of Holy Affection Parish in Greensburg.
"Mercy is such a powerful idea, one that can really bring people together," said George Fance, an employee of the diocese.
When asked what mercy meant to him, Mr. Fance said that "Mercy is about doing good to others, something totally missed by Christians until Pope Francis."
"It's about not judging," said youth group leader, Tim Timmies. "Like if someone in our youth group got a tattoo, I wouldn't judge them. Or if someone in the group had sex, I wouldn't judge them. I would be mad if it was unprotected sex, but I wouldn't judge them. Just like Pope Francis is teaching us: 'don't ever judge anything, ever.'"
Local theological professor, Karla Mousonier, said she was very excited to hear about the new bishop's focus on mercy. "If there was only a way to integrate the concept of mercy into the liturgy, we would be well on our way, wouldn't we?"
"Accepting the idea of mercy demands a total re-conceptualizing of the Christian Faith," she added.
"No, it's not a vacuous term, bandied about by empty-headed people who have no theological and historical sense, who just hear something that sounds nice and then run with it."