Of course, we clergy like rituals and things because it makes us feel we have point. But perhaps 2016 could be a real Year of Mercy for a particular category for whom God has given us in the Ordinariates a responsibility. A real door rather than a merely ritual door.
Back there in the Church of England there are clergy, good men, priests to their fingertips, or even bishops, who would very much rather not be in the Church of England. But they have for some reason come to feel discouraged from regularising their relationship with the Apostolic See of S Peter.
Would 2016 be a splendid opportunity to deal with this situation? An end to the dreaming-up of reasons to turn priests away; an end to "You're too old" or "You're too young" or "You haven't got a 'group'" or "You would have to be tested for a year or two before we could possibly consider 'ordaining' you"; and all the rest of it. The Holy Father's gesture to the SSPX is surely a hint that his Jubilee of Mercy could have an ecclesial, as well as an individual, dimension. And, as the Church of England, now cosying up to the Scottish presbyterians, goes yet further down the path of consolidating its proud role as just another tedious proddy sect, there may still be left within it a few principled 'Catholic' clergy and laity who will come to discern how badly they need their truest home.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus burns with longing to gather all into what Blessed John Henry called the One Fold of the Redeemer. What would better suit the intentions of Pope Benedict for the Ordinariates; or the hopes of Pope Francis for the Jubilee of Mercy; than for the gates, which seem to me to have got a bit stuck, to be flung wide open?