Jesus as "Process" Not Person
The Bear continues to gnaw "The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable." He hopes you'll forgive him, but he grows anxious and growls. He is angry. This riles him more than anything we've seen in this pontificate, because it touches upon Our Lord and our Church in particularly novel and disrespectful ways.
If Jews reject Jesus, and have no faith in Him, and do not encounter Him as the Son of God, and yet are still somehow "saved through Jesus Christ," doesn't that reduce salvation to a perfunctory, mechanistic, even bureaucratic process that ignores Jesus as Person, let alone King?
"Here, let me punch your Jesus ticket for you."
"Yes, you'll want to follow the signs to the Jesus platform, and from there it's straight to Heaven."
No wonder they punted and said it was a "unfathomable divine mystery." It is impossible to reconcile universal salvation in Jesus Christ and salvation by a Jewish covenant. The Church has always believed all people, including Jews, must come to her, the ark, or be lost. The Church's leadership obviously hasn't believed that in many a decade.
Poor Sheep and Wicked Shepherds
Funny how the truth changes with the era. Oh, how wary we poor sheep must be, led away from the sweet pastures and cool water into the thorny desert of Modernism by wicked shepherds! Now we're told that it is not enough that we offer them salvation, but we suddenly cannot understand the Catholic Church without making it a hybrid Jew-Gentile construct!
You can read this infamous document here if you think the Bear may be exaggerating. John Allen at Crux takes an above-it-all attitude and shrugs it off as something that would have been revolutionary in the past, but is now just routine. Unfortunately, the revolutionary is the routine, but not in the comforting way Allen thinks. Jews for Jesus, a messianic Jewish group (Jews who believe in Jesus) expressed horror at what they consider a misuse of scripture to "pander" to Jewish leaders. Finally, there is a very well done piece at Unam Sanctam Catholicam that traces the power of the Holocaust in shaping Catholic thought across the papacies of St. Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Exchanging Catholic Truth for a Press Conference
It seems to the Bear to heap more indignities upon Our Savior by reducing him from a Person to a "salvation process." Aren't we always reminded not to treat persons as things? Yet we do it to Our Lord and are proud of our efforts? And remember, the Jews didn't do this. This was our own Church being "progressive," and engaging in "dialogue."
This is always the result of dialogue. We give up Catholic truth in return for a press conference.
What's Behind the Horror Unfolding In the Church?
The Bear hasn't been much for conspiracy theories. All of these hijinks seem to be the sort of thing any liberal organization will churn out from profound ignorance and naiveté -- oh, and always in the name of progress. Look at Pope Francis: the very embodiment of leftism. Catholicism, well you be the judge. But we're going to have to start being aware of converging lines of evidence, themes, phrases: in short, the Church's trajectory.
The Bear has been reluctant to call anything evil. Starting with this document, the Bear calls it. Evil. He doesn't know about the participants, but they are certainly untrustworthy at the very least.
You sheep are going to need to become wolves before this is over.