Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Fall of the West

[Originally published September 11, 2014. It begins with a loss of faith, continues with dialogue, and ends with, at least, celebration of the Holy Photo-Op .PR has become the 8th sacrament. Look how the doctrine on salvation of Jews was deranged in the space of 50 years. The Vatican wanted a photo-op to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Nostra Aetatae and no truth was off the table. So, we got the Church confirming that the old covenant is still in force, and Jews have no need of Jesus. The Bear has never figured out why this has not caused more outrage among traditionalists.]

Deadly Politeness

Once, as a tiny cub, the Bear was taken to the local grocery store, and placed into a cart. As the Bear's father investigated some bananas two steps away, a very large, tired, laboring man stretched his arm over the young Bear's head.

"P-U, you sure do stink!" I exclaimed, truthfully, to my still vivid recollection.

The man was not amused. He gave me a long look, then turned his smoldering gaze upon my father. Now dad was what you might call a bantamweight, but he did what any father in that situation would do. He disappeared down the aisle as if he had never seen the rude little creature before in his life.

At some early point in their training, however, children learn that people do not say everything just because it is true. Some true things are likely to injure another's feelings, so they are best left unsaid. We don't comment on fat people, or handicapped people, or smelly people. It's called "politeness," and used to be a small, private thing that lubricated society. To the extent that sort of politeness still exists it is a good thing.

But at some point in our lifetimes, nice little politeness grew into a massive shadow hanging over the West. The Bear says "the West" because it recently dawned upon him that we are seeing the same spirit at work in Washington, and the Vatican, and every Western state.


The Demons Possessing the West: "We Are Legion"

This shadow has many aspects, indeed, perhaps Legion. Some of its names are: "Political correctness;" "Diversity;" "Moral Relativism;" and "Tolerance." In religion, it is "Ecumenism" among Christians, and "interfaith" between Christians and non-Christians. It is "dialogue" with everybody. In some of its more narrow examples, it is called "The Spirit of Vatican II."

The West and all its leaders, in all its institutions, from the top to the bottom, has become possessed by these demons. Like all demons, they are accomplished liars. Let us not be too delicate, and name this diabolical phenomenon by its traditional name: The Prince of the World. One discerns a single intellect behind all these manifestations.

The West is possessed, and, barring a miracle, this possession will be the end of the world as we know it. It is the hour of the Prince of the World, and it is the rare knee that has not already bent.

How did it start? It started well, the Bear suggests, in the social upheaval of the sixties. Overnight, old, casually cruel words and attitudes had to change. It was unquestionably a change for the better, and a necessary change. Think about it. "Diversity" meant something positive when we were doing the laudable work of integrating society. "Tolerance" was a real virtue. These words were good and they were powerful.

The Prince of the World recognized their power, and always ready to corrupt what is right, he twisted their good. He had been preparing for this a long time. Incubated in academia and propagated in courts and popular media, the shadow became first a societal virus, then a cultural norm. Persons infected cannot recognize truth. Cultures corrupted will not let the truth be spoken.

Take the example of homosexuality. It has, practically overnight, gone from "the love that dare not speak its name," to "the vice that none dare criticize." From cardinals to the most humble parish priest, the Prince of the World will not permit criticism of his favorite vice. Remember: by now these are cultural norms. There are social penalties for violating them, especially for public figures.


The Prince and the Church

What is ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, if not this same spirit? 

The Church used to produce men who argued. An argument has a goal, it seeks change. Ultimately, it was the salvation of souls. Now the best the Church can do is "dialogue." Dialogue is its own goal, a formal chat after which participants are exactly the same as they were when they began. In other words, a showy waste of time. Argument believes something; dialogue believes nothing, or at least nothing worth arguing over. It is humorous to read the news releases after a bout of dialogue, however. Oh, how proud the talkers are, as if they had actually accomplished something!

Yet dialogue is not only a waste of time. It brings the Church down to the level of schismatics and heretics and infidels. It sends the message that the Church no longer takes herself seriously, and has forgotten her mission. Worse, it tells those outside the Church to remain outside, rather than enter and be saved. Pope Francis is reported to have dissuaded his friend Tony Palmer (now deceased) from converting to Catholicism because he needed "bridge builders" outside the Church.

How to explain the current pope's frequent condemnation of proselytizing, and confirming non-Catholics in their errors? It is the same spirit that has settled over the West like a moral pestilence. The Prince of the World will not permit the Church to be held up as the ark of salvation, not even by the Pope.

Isn't it curious that so much destruction, both secular and Catholic, has occurred at the same time, beneath the same broad banners? Once you realize it is all the same offensive by the same spirit, it makes sense. There is a synod of bishops next month. By now we have so little confidence in the Church that we dread it.

The truth is still there in the Church's rich history. The Church today could be shoveling truth from her treasuries like piles of gold, but the Prince of the World has locked the door to that treasury. You will listen in vain for word of sin or Hell in homilies. You will wait until the Crack of Doom for the Church to call for the conversion of Muslims, or the return of Protestants, or the repentance of homosexuals. The Prince of the World will not permit it, and his occupation is complete.

The trumpet that once sounded clearly to call the faithful to attention has been handed over to the Prince of the World. It will never again be sounded in our lifetimes.


Live Within the Wingspan of Your Guardian Angel
For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. 
(Eph 6:12) Douay Rheims Bible.

Things are different in our time. The Bear hesitates to say just how different he thinks things are and fears he may have said too much already. Yet, the moral plague that is killing the secular world looks like the very same illness in the Church, don't you think? The common points are intriguing, to say the least.

Is it possible that the West will somehow be forced to throw off its malaise and recover the concept of Christendom? Anything's possible, but it doesn't look likely, and it probably wouldn't be peaceful.

The Prince of the World has what he's always wanted. Every day the institutions of the West grow weaker, and people's hearts grow duller. We are probably beyond earthly remedies. 

The institutions we relied upon have failed us. But miraculously, in light of so much else that has been destroyed, the Prince of the World has not been able to harm the sacraments. The Church remains to that extent, at least. We have our sacraments, and each of us claims a tiny piece of the world just the size of our Guardian Angel's wingspan. Within that circle, we do not bend the knee to the Prince of the World. That's where we'll live and die as rebels, and win our little victories for our King.

The Bear is older, but no more polite than he was when young. It stinks. It all stinks. It stinks at the bottom and it stinks at the top.

18 comments:

  1. I related to my wife of 23 years, how painful and discouraging this all has been for me. I never never expected the persecution and marginalization to come some hard and fast from within the Church itself.

    Several years ago, when this stuff seemed to pick up pace, a former pastor used to greet me as the "Rad Trad guy" when ever he enountered me outside of Mass --- which was pretty frequent. This used to tick off my wife because he WAS making fun of me and ridiculing me in front of my wife and sons. After, I had confronted him privately about un-ordained men and women giving the homily on a fairly often basis... I guess I was foolish enough to think this was one off occurence. But, it has not worked out so.

    The issue with Dolan and the apologea excusing him by so many Catholics has really discouraged me more than I care to think on. I've had alot of difficulty in prayer and have been having some mental excuses for not going to confession. I just am not sure that I have the fortitude or interest to deal with "R"eligion any more. it has been very exhausting.

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    1. We get it Newguy, we feel the same way. But we refuse to let these posers steal our faith. They can discourage us and do. They can make us face hard truths. But don't give them that much, that they take what is yours forever. There are salad days and days to gird your loins. These are the latter. At least, you are not suffering this alone, but have much company.

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  2. "Let God be true, though every man be false." Romans 3:4. We're only responsible for our little circle, within the wingspan of our guardian angels, as I put it. At some point, I think more true Catholics will be invigorated, rather than discouraged. I've just written off the entire West, not excepting the Church, save for the absolute minimum, and I feel great!

    Sometimes we take responsibility for more than what is ours, if I may be so bold as to offer advice. Pretty common, actually, and not just in religion. Don't worry about people who stink, whether its a priest, or cardinal or a pope. You just hang onto your family, teach them and protect them, and pick your battles. You'll be fine. This is our "gray martyrdom of mediocrity," as I call it.

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  3. Recently my family was given the opportunity to show how weird Catholics are. My childrens' elementary school hosted an "Ice Bucket Challenge". The wife and I immediately agreed our kids would not participate and sent off notes to the teachers detailing our religious beliefs and how the ALS Association ran counter to them by endorsing embryonic stem cell research. I honestly DON'T know how many other Catholics did the same, the ones we know made the same decision. I've only my family to care for and their salvation to assist in. But I'm certain there was some talk about the subject in the teachers' lounge. IMO the battle lines are being clearly drawn, we'll soon see who wants to "play Church" and who wants to be of the Church. God's will be done, may He have mercy upon us all.

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  4. Your saying of 'Live within the wingspan of your guardian angel' is precious! It really helps a lot right now.

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  5. Yep it is discouraging for Catholics......I mean 'true' Catholics. Discouraging, disheartening and depressing, but.......Jesus Christ and HIS CHURCH WIN in the end. Most times as of late, I am hanging on to the hem of his robe, but I'm hanging on. Bring all the 'persecution' to Him.....He is our COMFORTER. Oh....and BTW....this malady within the Church should be no real surprise as it has all been prophesied. John Paul ll was one of the most recent......."We are now standing in the shadow of the Church verses the Anti-Church......the gospel verses the anti-gospel." Hang on people. Jesus Himself will make the 'correction' within and outside the Church. Hang on to the hem of His robe!

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    1. Indeed. The Devil, having tempted Eve into eating from the Knowledge of the Tree of Good and Evil, today tempts us with his Garden of Earthly Delights if only we forget the difference between Good and Evil. And so many are concluding that the cost of truth is too high. But I think enough of the Church will be left for the faithful.

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    2. I'm still puzzled how John Paul II could witness the "shadow of the Church verses the Anti-Church" and not connect the dots. He was a water-carrier during Vatican II, then he took over as coach when he was elected Pope. Was he so mired in modernism that he could not see the apostasy (as he called it) as a result of his water-carrying and coaching?

      What peculiar blindness is it that priests, bishops, cardinals and popes cannot see the problems, and the tried and true remedies?

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  6. BOFFO, Bear, BOFFO!!

    Bear said:

    "This is our "gray martyrdom of mediocrity," "

    ...or Psychological-Martyrdom



    THE
    LILY

    "The martyrs were bound, imprisoned, scourged, racked, burnt, rent, butchered —and they multiplied." St. Augustine


    NO BURNING, TEARING,
    SCOURGING SKIN
    IT'S PSYCHOLOGICAL,
    ALL WITHIN.

    NO ROTTING FLESH
    OR PUTRID BLOOD
    IT'S STERILE, CLEAN
    NO RANCID CRUD

    FOR BUTCHERED,
    TORTURED, BOUND UP SKINS
    REVEALS THE TRUTHS
    OF BISHOPS’ SINS.

    THEY WANT IT NICE,
    THEY WANT IT HUSHED,
    WITH VEINS OF ICE
    GOOD SOULS ARE CRUSHED.

    THE SILENT COLD
    IS BETTER YET
    FROZEN, SOLID
    CAN'T BEGET.

    FOR MARTYRED BLOOD
    REVEALS THE CHURCH
    BLIND SOULS SEE TRUTH
    AND END THEIR SEARCH.

    "WE CAN'T HAVE THAT!"
    THE BISHOPS' SAY,
    “SO LET'S IGNORE...
    THEY'LL GO AWAY.
    ENLIGHTENED MEN
    DON'T SCOURGE THE SKIN,
    ENLIGHTENED MEN
    KEEP BLOOD WITHIN."

    BUT THEY FORGOT...
    THE WOMAN BLEEDS
    AND MONTHLY MAKES
    A BED FOR SEEDS

    WHERE "NICE" AND "HUSHED"
    THEY'LL GROW TO MEN
    AND SEIZE THE OARS
    FROM WRISTS THAT BEND...

    ON PETER'S BARK
    WHERE BLOOD STILL FLOWS
    FROM WOMAN'S WOMB...
    THE LILY GROWS!


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  7. You will wait until the Crack of Doom for the Church to call for the conversion of Muslims.

    I did not attend my usual oasis this Sunday. At the place I did, in the Prayers of the "Faithful" was included the following:
    For the Muslims in our city who hide their mosques out of fear of violence.

    Yep. On 9/11. I no longer get angry at parishes like that; I just pity the the people who frequent it. I'm not the one in charge, and won't be standing before the Judge making an account of lost sheep. I just accept the punishment as a penance for not being where I should be. It says all that needs to said when enduring Mass has become an act of penance.

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    1. Why I love Fr. Rutler:
      In his latest Sunday email, he flat out calls allah a false god.

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  8. Another great reflection...thank you.

    You say:"The trumpet that once sounded clearly to call the faithful to attention has been handed over to the Prince of the World. It will never again be sounded in our lifetimes."

    Well thank you for sounding your blog trumpet, both an aid and an inspiration.

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  9. Another great rant Bear. We all need to join your 'Up With The Truth' posse to broadcast what in the hell is going on. And "we don't need no stinkin' badges" to do it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ

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  10. Let me tell you why I appreciate The Bear and his writings: He painstakingly is patient in a not-so-patient way (and that is a skill all it's own) in his explanations/exclamations. Coming from the Midwest (Ohio)and raising the family south of the Mason-Dixon line gave my dear father challenges he would never have encountered had he remained within the family fold. I cannot imagine the heartache & confusion he must have felt, but being an obedient one, he went along with all the ecumenical stuff, even while our protestant friends were always suspicious that Dad was covertly trying to convert them. He was, but he also had to eat some crap - I wouldn't call it humble pie. ANYWAYS, a lot of us are confused because of similar stories and I am thankful for those who challenge us and keep throwing the rescue ring for us to grab onto.

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  11. Thanks for this. It's been so hard to keep the faith, to persevere. So many people that we love seem to be swayed by the ways of this world. We've got to hold onto to the Truth that God has given us. The liar from the beginning cannot take away the Way, the Truth and the Life that we acknowledge and accept with grateful humility. We must not deny our Lord Jesus Christ. We must not accept the ways of this world.

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