One more comment. The idea of applying merits is a very legalistic way of looking at things. It implies there is a "thing" that can be transferred. Christ's actions are not "things" that can be issued like a check.
Salvation is a result of an individual choosing to accept the Gospel and participating in the life of Christ through the sacraments and engaging in the process of theosis (sanctification). Its not about applying merits to obtain a pardon, or paying reparations to God. The individual is responsible to pick up the Cross and follow. Its not about sending in payment for a debt.
Apparently you have no idea what my Church means by "merits"...
But that is nothing new...
Here is what the Catholic Encyclopedia says about merits:
"Each good action of the just man possesses a double value: that of merit and that of satisfaction, or expiation. Merit is personal, and therefore it cannot be transferred; but satisfaction can be applied to others..."
"Since the satisfaction of Christ is infinite, it constitutes an inexhaustible fund which is more than sufficient to cover the indebtedness
contracted by sin, Besides, there are the satisfactory works of the Blessed Virgin Mary
undiminished by any penalty due to sin, and the virtues, penances, and sufferings of the saints vastly exceeding any temporal punishment which these servants of God might have incurred. These are added to the treasury of the Church as a secondary deposit
, not independent of, but rather acquired through, the merits
"The existence of an infinite treasury of merits in the Church is dogmatically set forth in the Bull "Unigenitus", published by Clement VI, 27 Jan., 1343, and later inserted in the "Corpus Juris" (Extrav. Com., lib. V, tit. ix. c. ii): "Upon the altar of the Cross", says the pope:
"Christ shed of His blood not merely a drop, though this would have sufficed
, by reason of the union with the Word, to redeem the whole human race, but a copious torrent. . . thereby laying up an infinite treasure for mankind. This treasure He neither wrapped up in a napkin nor hid in a field, but entrusted to Blessed Peter, the key-bearer, and his successors, that they might, for just and reasonable causes, distribute it to the faithful in full or in partial remission of the temporal punishment due to sin."
I think I understand the concept quite well. So it's the satisfaction acquired by others that is transferred. same difference. The quote from the Pope specifically states that he can distribute it to others. So why is it not called the Treasury of Satisfaction"?
So the Lord's excess blood, more than was needed to save mankind, is held in trust by the Church?
Where do these ideas come from? http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07783a.htm