Monday, September 15, 2014

A Calm Suggestion

The Bear wrote quite a rant today. (99% of what he writes goes into the Bear's Private Collection of Growls, Rants and Roars, never to see publication.) But no one wants to read a rant, right? So let's see if the Bear can distill it down to something nice and calm.

The Bear is experiencing cognitive dissonance from the apparent abandonment of the Church dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church. The Bear is confident that a minority of bishops would be willing to assert such dogma, "minority" meaning none. Coupled with recent statements about the holy "polyhedron," and developments in ecumenical and interfaith relations, the abandonment of the dogma of extra ecclesiam nulla salus leaves the Bear rather nonplussed.

It would seem to be desirable to clarify, or, failing that, to stop making the claims that the Church has traditionally made about itself. Perhaps an ideal solution would be to liquidate Church assets to the extent necessary to comfortably retire the entire establishment, and reopen under new management that would be faithful to the Church's history, tradition and teachings.

That is all.


  1. Holy Polyhedron, eh? Why not? I recall as a child being taught the trinitarian nature of God with the same thing St. Patrick used. A clover leaf.
    Ah... the good old days.

    extra Ecclesiam nulla salus is old fashioned and not inclusive enough Real Presence? Never heard of it. Death, Hell, Heaven, Judgement? Judgement did you say? Never heard of that either.

    You call it a "liquidation". I call it a "We lost or lease. Going out of Business Sale."

    I'll be waiting for the new management. I hope it's Christ's return and that can't come too soon for me.

    1. Yes, I think we can all pray for that kind of "new management" as soon as it please God!

  2. Perhaps some would now find this from St Cyprian a little to biting and trite but I still like it and hold to it.

    "If any one outside Noah's ark could find safety, then also will one outside the Church find salvation." (De unit. eccl. c. 7.) St.Cyprian.

  3. The Dalai Lama can reincarnate. I can think of several popes that... Oh, never mind.

  4. In a word, schism. The fractal fruit of the synod? Truly extraordinary.

  5. You're pulling a programming teaser on us. Better come through with the rant now!

  6. i come here every nite to read sanity! I am a revert to the faith, and getting more and more confused with what I am seeing- may we all stand strong in faith!

  7. Sorry, I erased the rant. It was far too... rantish. This got the top slot at Pewsitter as it is, which is my barometer for the inflammatory.

  8. you mean 'bear-ometer' ah? no?


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