Today the Bear wishes to evoke an ursine and nautical version of Colonel Blimp. "Gad, this Argentine fellow of ours would be safer commanding a rubber ducky than navigating the Barque of Peter!"
As reported in The Guardian, Pope Francis made what may be the last word of his papacy. Without wishing the Holy Father the least harm, one might wish this were literally true, but here it means the sum and substance of Bergoglioism, a philosophy sharing some characteristics with Roman Catholicism.
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ship over the mountains!"
That out of the way, let us examine the Pope's statement.
"Christian doctrine is not a closed system incapable of generating questions, doubts, interrogatives. But it is alive, knows being unsettled ... it does not have a rigid face, it has a body that moves and grows, it has a soft flesh: it is called Jesus Christ."
This is what the sheep are fed in the "unsettled Church" Pope Francis wants. Sheep don't like to be unsettled, though. They like to be safe and at peace. That's the whole idea of the Good Shepherd. Or any shepherd. Our Lord told Peter, "feed my sheep." Not tie balloons to their tails and watch them chase around in panic and confusion.
The Pope's statement doesn't really say anything. Like so much in this papacy, Church teaching issues from the idiosyncratic thoughts and beliefs of Jorge Bergoglio, always and exclusively whenever he finds himself in front of a microphone. The sense of it seems to be that doctrine has to be thrown overboard and replaced with Pope Francis' personal WWJD feelings.
However, the sheep like doctrine. This is that, that is good, this is bad. They like certainty and coherence. The Bear does not believe Pope Francis grasps this, or if he does it doesn't matter to him. He pretends to be the people's Pope, but he's the Pope of professors, of the intelligentsia, like his atheist friend Scalfari, of La Revolucion.
What gives him away, though, is that he does not talk in language the people can understand. Re-read that brief quote if you wish. The Bergoglio papacy is not a revolution, but just another South American coup. The Great Leader will reshape our world for us. The Bergoglio papacy fancies it offers Hope and Change, a New Deal, a Great Leap Forward. It's going to change the essence of Catholicism from a solid structure to soft flesh. Pope Francis can channel divine messages every day to tell us what we are to believe, and tomorrow something else will seize his imagination.
The Bear is drawn back once again to the threat concealed in the badly poetic language about soft flesh. There is a name for a person who rejects Catholic doctrine. The Bear suspects Pope Francis has crossed that line and is now just struggling how to say it without causing a fuss.
For now, Lieutenant Bear will play Van Johnson's role in the Caine Mutiny, and will dutifully look for the missing strawberries, although it is dawning on him that Captain Queeg may pose issues. (And bloggers are all appropriately played by Fred MacMurray.)