Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Secret Synod

Board Game "Junta" -- One of the Bear's Favorites

This remarkable piece on the Synod, from Robert Royal at The Catholic Thing:

I reported on some of the pope’s harshness towards upholders of tradition in yesterday’s Synod Report, an odd homily that might be taken to mean all those over the centuries who had upheld the indissolubility of marriage were somehow authoritarians and self-serving legalists. But the responses to the pope in private – again, beyond the usual conservative suspects and into more neutral, mainstream figures – has been equally tart: “a Latin dictator,” “a Peron,” someone who likes to be center stage in the limelight. And perhaps the most shocking comment of all from more than one person: “His health is bad, so at least this won’t last too long.”

The rest is here.

One might argue that proceedings should be secret so that all may feel free to speak their minds. It may be, however, that many do not feel it wise to raise a voice against the Bergoglio claque. In any case, secrecy is out of place when such sensitive and perilous subjects are debated. Vatican II at least had the virtue of openness, so that future generations could determine for themselves who acted nobly, and more who acted crassly.

The Bear has long thought that there is the whiff of Peronism. The Synod seems to be leaky, though, and the members of the Franciscan Junta will be no secret.

You may note that the Bear has ratcheted up his criticism of the Pope. If the Bear knows his left paw from his right, so he knows he is not a man to be trusted. It is a sad commentary on the electors, although we have the advantage of having heard the man on a daily basis since. Whoever has not reached the same conclusion as the Bear -- well, the Bear is tempted to say simply lacks the Catholic sense.

The Bear has noticed that those out on the peripheries -- and beyond -- so beloved of Pope Francis, are the very ones who think most highly of the Pope. The Bear has been amazed -- and tell him if you have had the same experience -- at non-Catholics who have said, "So, what do do you think of that new Pope?" or "I really like this Pope!" Meanwhile, here in Zoar, sensible, apparently well-formed Catholics, are dismayed. Whose judgement should we trust? Non-Catholics? Nominal Catholics? Catholics who have never bothered to learn, let alone obey, the precepts of the Church? Or those who take it all seriously and value friendship with God over friendship with the world?

One might say the Bear is being judgmental. That rhetorical judo trick doesn't work on Bears. Few things say "judgment" like an angry Bear.


  1. I was asked a couple times about my thoughts on the new Pope when he was first elected. I was very concerned at the time of his election. Nothing has occurred since then to ease my concern. In fact, concern changed to alarm. I'm not sure where I am at now on the Francis scale as I've moved past alarm.
    Every time my mind starts moving past alarm it runs in to Jn 6:68.

  2. Basically, we've had bad Popes before and most probably, we will again.
    Just because we had a few good ones in a row, doesn't guarantee anything. They are still men.
    SO, stick with the Precepts of the Church, (paying the electric bill at your parish is still "Support of the Church") consecrate, fast, nail you foot to the floor in the pew and pray. (some smart bear said that).
    Eye on the Lord and we will make it through. I just hope we make it through before I die. :)


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