Sunday, March 16, 2014

Clueless in Springfield

After Richard Dawson escaped from the German POW camp ostensibly run by Colonel Klink, Dawson went on to host a popular game show called -- perhaps prophetically -- Family Feud. His famous catchphrase was, "Survey says..." Many Catholic diocese were given the opportunity by the Vatican to fill out a survey for reasons that remain unfathomable to the Bear. Clearly, nothing good can come from polling the sheep, especially not ill-formed sheep in today's culture.

Not all diocese worldwide have published the results of the survey, but what we do know is enough to imagine Our Lady weeping.

National Catholic Reporter says 75% of Springfield Catholics who took the Vatican's survey say they do not understand the Church's teaching on the family. Et tu Springfield? Bishop Paprocki -- as solid a bishop as one could wish for -- what's going on? What is hard to understand?

Marriage: One man and one woman, one time; Sex: see "marriage;" Children: yes!; Contraception: no; Abortion: oh Hell no. 

Is the Bear missing anything important?

Granted, you can get yourself into more complicated territory if you are not blessed with a successful marriage. Then you might factor in an annulment, if eligible. But these canonical niceties are not part of the Church's teaching on the family any more than getting sued if you rear-end somebody is part of Drivers Education.

Far worse than Springfield's failure to understand the Church's concept of family are those diocese that have simply rejected the whole array of teachings on sexual morality. And not all are in decadent Europe. In Honolulu, 80% don't agree with the fundamentals.

The Church is reaping what it sowed with its orchestrated rebellion against Humanae Vitae. That rebellion was passed on to a whole new generation by the ruinous "Who am I to judge?" / "Good for him!" casual attitude toward morality. Like the adulterous woman in Proverbs, after they destroy two millenia of moral witness, "she wipes her mouth, and says, 'I have done no wrong.'” 30.20.

A solution to historically low
Catholic birthrates?
And -- the Bear would not kid you on this -- polygamy is also to be discussed. Granted, out of "sensitivity to African culture." Are we to finally say that the Marquis de Sade was right when he claimed that "morality is geography misconstrued?" Or can we look forward to a Catholic version of HBO's Big Love set in, oh, Springfield? ("I thought I remembered something about polygamy from CCD, but I don't really understand all that family stuff.") Three wives? WAITJ, the Catholic answer to WWJD.

By the time the October Synod of the Family rolls around, these surveys will be waved under the noses of anyone who tries to defend traditional Church teaching on the family. The people have a voice in today's Church! The press will eat that up.

Actually, the only thing they demonstrate is what a horrible job the Church is doing in catechesis.

Even, apparently, in Springfield. Unless...


  1. I was discussing with a relative the need to teach basic Catholic fundamentals from the pulpit...but, but, that's for discussing the readings fo the day. I said, not just...I also said that clearly the 'faithful' need to be taught explicitly b/c they are making up their own minds and choosing incorrectly.

    But, yes, "stay out of our sex lives" is the cry of most Catholics in and out of the Church.

    For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

    1. Allow the Bear to answer on behalf of priests. "This parish already has a historically low attendance (and that means collections, too). If I stand up and start inveighing against sexual sins even more people are going to walk. You wouldn't understand, but religion is a commodity like everything else. If I don't give the people what they want, someone else will. So all my homilies are bland and inoffensive and above all avoid the third rail of sexual sin."

    2. What ever happened to the Catechism of the Catholic Church? This is a direct quote from the Vatican website:
      The Holy See Catechism of the Catholic Church, PART THREE
      1792- Ignorance of Christ and his Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one's passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejection of the Church's authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and of charity: these can be at the source of errors of judgment in moral conduct.

    3. Hmm... I don't see "poor catechesis by the Church" in that list. The only solution the Bear sees is the much-talked-about "priesthood of the laity." If Father won't teach, we're going to have to carefully educate ourselves and those close to us based on the primary documents of the Church throughout history.


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