Secular compassion has no regard for objective truth.
Secular compassion would have the abortionist, the active homosexual, the contraceptive user, and the willing sinner reconciled with the ‘Church,’ through ecclesial reconciliation with their sin. Secular compassion seeks not for the salvation of a soul in line with truth (reality, sanity, sanctity), but rather seeks for the transformation of the world in a pragmatic, utilitarian atheism which aims at popular acceptance. Human dignity is never served since the human person is never challenged to strive for a higher, morally objective standard. Rather, human dignity is diminished as expectations for human morality are lowered to include everyone regardless of their behavioral preferences.
On the other hand, sanctifying grace transcends secular compassion in a myriad of ways.
Sanctifying grace is not bestowed upon the human person from another equally faulty human person. Sanctifying grace can never be earned no matter the temporal talent level. For sanctifying grace is bestowed by God alone, given solely out of God’s Mercy toward a humble, repentant person. Sanctifying grace elevates the dignity of the human person through elevation in the Life of Jesus Christ, the Lord-perfector of the human person. Sanctifying grace elevates human dignity since it graces a person to strive with ever greater spiritual and temporal energy toward the perfect moral Truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sanctifying grace respects humanity in offering men and women participation in the Life of God in the divinization of their faulty humanity in the perfection of the Christ.
Secular compassion and sanctifying grace were on display at the Synod on the Family. Secular compassion sought to change unchanging Catholic Truth on Marriage and Family in order to fit men and women unwilling to obey God’s Plan for marriage, sexuality, and family. Secular compassion sought to change the Church to fit the world. Sanctifying grace, on the other hand, reminded all men and women, regardless of sexual preference, that they are beloved children of God, called to a life of holiness through the Blood of Jesus. Sanctifying grace, moreover, reiterated the position of the Church, that Divine Mercy awaits all repentant sinners. Sanctifying grace, however, allows for no active, public, and recalcitrant sin within the Body of Christ. Sanctifying grace seeks for the salvation of all souls through Divine Mercy meeting the willing, repentant sinner, no matter their past. Divine Mercy can never be overcome by the unrepentant.
So, the world’s debate over secular compassion and sanctifying grace will continue until the end of time. Those of us who repent of our sins will understand the transcendent power of sanctifying grace. Those of us who don’t will have to settle for the cheap imitation found in secular compassion. The Church will continue to be the Temple of sanctifying grace. And the world, unless it wakes up, will practice secular compassion unto its demise.