Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Pope's High Water Mark



We may be witnessing the high water mark of Pope Francis. The Bear has a feeling it's downhill from here.

Why would the Bear say such a ridiculous thing now, of all times? The whole world has turned its gaze toward the Man in White.

First of all, what does he bring to the party, if it is permissible to put it like that? The only so-called science will be second-hand. Nothing new here. It's not like he's an expert in the field. The people who have been impressed with the climate change pseudologia fantastica thus far will continue to believe, and those who don't, won't. How many people do you think will really say, "Oh the Pope has come out on the subject of global warming, so I'm going to change my mind! Honestly, the Bear doesn't think it will be very many.

The Bear does not expect many to actually read a 200-page encyclical. Sorry, but that's the price you pay for writing a 200-page encyclical. The juiciest parts will be cherry-picked by talking heads. The shelf-life will be mercilessly short. The Bear does not expect this to have legs.

The release of the encyclical gives those playing along with global warming an opportunity to talk about it, and even do so in moral terms, which the encyclical will certainly include. And the climate realists will also get to sound off. Again, no big change. In order to be impressed by the moral implications of a scientific theory, one must be persuaded by the science.

Catholics will not change their minds. Expect liberal Catholics to bring up Humanae Vitae inappropriately, and type the phrase "cafeteria Catholic" a lot. The Bear does not recommend engaging them because they're not really listening to your reasoned explanation.

The Bear believes it is unfortunate for a pope who is already suspect in some ways in the minds of many, to so unambiguously align himself with a goofy political fad and all its hangers on. The Bear's theory is that global warming "ticks all the right boxes" for the Pope, economically and politically. He was powerless to resist. That's about the most you can say.

Pope Francis is as at the height of his power as Pope, and perhaps at the height of his celebrity, too (if there is a difference). The Bear would say, were we talking about a secular figure, it's all downhill from here.

When's the last time you heard of Al Gore?

20 comments:

  1. I am bad.

    I thought his high water mark was the moment he walked out onto the balcony and led the faithful in an Our Father as his first act. I thought that was beautiful. Since then....

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    1. Yes, you are bad, but the precious woodlands, whose guardian I am, forgives you. I'd have to go back in my blog pieces and determine when I stopped being a regular Frankie fan, but I rode along for many months. I just got to figure out a way to scam global warming for brown bears. Did you know I was one of several bears (including Bruno) to be given 1.7 million Euros? Yeah, something like that. I'll tell you the strange, but true, story sometime. Or you can look it up if you're curious.

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  2. Pretty much. This pope will not excommunicate those who dissent from Catholic teaching either on the left or on the right. Therefore, the lasting effect of this papacy will be to expand the definition of cafeteria Catholic for the nominal Catholics and the media.

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  3. You're dead right. Great writing, especially lately. Keep it up!

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  4. I want the bear to be right. I do not think the bear is right. But I want the bear to be right.

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    1. Never bet against the Bear. Unless it's a T Rex. Or the Bear is in the water vs great white shark. Or the Bear's name is Bruno and he's in Germany. Otherwise, never bet against the Bear.

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  5. Very nice Mr. Bear for telling like it pretty much is. But I think you are too optimistic about hoopla fading fast. There is a 3 month follow-up program planned with worldwide parish member participation. Also, we can be sure our Democrat friends, with splendid irony, will make the most by tying it nicely with abortion. One wonders what new moral blitzkriegs this fuehrer of the Vatican has up his sleeve. Let us pray that God helps with some damage control.

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    1. If this happens, will it be a sin to pull a Norma Rae during a homily promoting this silliness and stand up on the pew holding a sign saying "Global Warming is a Hoax"? I can turn around so all the congregation see, just like her.

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    2. Excellent! The Bear has been known to fall victim to homiletical Touurette's Syndrome. What else might we shoot out?

      Soylent Green is people!
      Freedom!
      The damned bloody fools blew it up!
      Rosebud.

      Okay, maybe not Rosebud. Perhaps just a mighty roar that sends the altar girls and EMHCs running for the exits. Or just give Father a firm handshake, look him in the eye with a smile and just shake your head.

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  6. Not too worried about the three-month Parish Program. Don't forget the Pope will also harangue Congress. The Bear believes the last thing we need to worry about is Pope Francis. And the news cycle has a life of its own. Color me supremely unworried. He will, unfortunately become the Climate Change Pope, an infinitely smaller office than Pope of the Holy Catholic Church.

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    1. Hope you are right Bear. I think the Democrats will try to keep it going. Pope is way off base with this nonsense and, as you say, diminishes himself and his office. The sacred doesn't smell too good when it wraps itself in the profane.

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    2. You should take heart Michael. While the Pope is marginally helpful to the Dems, it's not like he can swing elections. Remember, President Obama cruised to victory in 2008 with Benedict as Pope.

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  7. I don't believe Pope Francis encyclical will have anything different in it than Pope Benedict XVI's "The Environment" book does. How the media uses the document to push a left agenda is something else. But I really don't expect to find anything different in what Pope Francis is writing than what Benedict wrote before him. JMO

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    1. I suspect you are probably correct. But WHY this encyclical on environment NOW? You mean to tell me this is the greatest issue that we as Catholic Christians face at the moment? We have Christians in the Middle East being literally wiped out by ISIS, we have the gay marriage agenda that the Supreme Court is going to make a decision on in short order, we have empty pews in Catholic Churches world wide, we have 40+ years of virtually no catechesis among the faithful with NO plan to revive and teach the true faith, and last but not least we have Cardinal Kasper and boys campaigning for an overhaul of the marital moral law to be implemented at the upcoming infamous 'Synod ll'. But......we have an encyclical on CLIMATE CHANGE that is of 'utmost importance'? Oh please. The absurdity is incredible.

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    2. I totally agree. I think this is completely unnecessary and will only push a far left agenda because of the media spin on it. Then again, that is what our current pope specializes in. JMO

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  8. I lived in Frederick, MD, for a couple years and very frequently took scenic drives, such as up US 15 to the Gettysburg Battlefield site. My first thoughts associated with "high water mark" relate to Pickett's charge. I believe the HWM is at the "copse of trees" in the field. So, I'll always associate the expression with Gettysburg.

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  9. This is just more accelerant to propel Francis to the heights of worldly adulation, another stage of a rocket booster. In the not too distant future Francis will be considered a living saint, especially after sin is approved, during or somewhat after the Synod.

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  10. A long time ago, in what then was still a Roman Catholic Jesuit university, the chair of the department of Theology stated in a lecture, without embarrassment, "The pope must be vary careful when teaching; if he intends to teach heresy, he will be silenced by God before he can speak it." When anxiety grasps my heart, I recall those learned words and regain peace.

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