Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Bear Answers the Question: Is the Pope Catholic?

(SCB News Special Report) Pope Francis continued his custom of sowing confusion and dismay aboard airplanes, this time during the return trip from Africa. By now, there is little doubt that the Pope's engine is leftist humanitarianism, not Catholicism.

We are Catholic because we belong to the Catholic Church, not because any given Pope happens to believe the teachings of that Church. The Bear has come to some shocking conclusions, but for the first time feels he finally gets Pope Francis. None of what the Bear writes should trouble anyone's faith. Just nail your foot to the floor in front of your favorite pew and die there.
Papal quotes are in bold, and from the National Catholic Register, as is.

"I don’t know if they are true or not, but I believe that 80% of the world’s riches are in the hands of 17% of the population." -- Pope Francis

This disparity can mean only one thing to a leftist: that the wicked 17% stole their 80% from everybody else. It couldn't be that men of European stock used stable institutions as a springboard and took risks, worked hard, and made profits.

There is no question the southern hemisphere, especially, was exploited by colonialism for a brief historical period. But that doesn't explain the disparity. At some point it would be useful for poor countries rich in natural resources to figure out why they remain poor. That would involve imposing responsibility on them, however, which a leftist like Pope Francis could never do. They must be victims of the evil North. His theology requires that. Pope Francis defensively adds, "and this is not communism." 

Let's Just Agree We're Both Terror Cults and Leave It At That

I prayed in the mosque. Even the Imam got into the popemobile to take a ride around the small stadium. These are small gestures, is that which they want. Because, there is a small group. I think that is Christian, or they say they are Christian, which is very violent. I don’t really understand this. But, it’s not ISIS, it’s another thing. It’s Christian. -- Pope Francis

See! Christianity, Islam, we all have our terrorists! Given the vast difference in scope of violence between the two religions, this is a silly statement if one takes it at face value. (As the Bear writes Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik just killed 14 people in California. In the most telling headline of the century, the Wall Street Journal deadpanned, "Police Hunt for Motive in San Bernardino Shooting.")

The Pope is actually attempting to deflect criticism of Islamic terrorism. Which is what leftists do. And Muslims, for that matter.

To leftists, the truth is not important. He believes such statements promote "dialogue," both where there is sectarian strife, and in connection with his broader fascination with an imagined fundamental agreement among Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

To leftists, gestures are important punctuation marks in communication. They tend to be periods, however, as empty of continued action as that rainbow-tinted FaceBook picture. It makes them feel good and appear enlightened, though, and that's what counts. Gestures are an example of the "magical thinking" leftists are prone to.

The Bear is inclined to let him have his gestures if he thinks it might help heal sectarian violence. He is a powerful figure. Leftists love to wallow in self-loathing, so it is not surprising he would insist on his own Church's violence. Even better is wallowing in loathing of their ordinary neighbors, though,  in this case "fundamentalists."

If You Actually Believe All this Stuff, You're a Fundamentalist

Fundamentalist Catholic
praying the rosary?
Fundamentalism is a sickness that exists in all religions. We Catholics have some, not just some, so many, who believe they have the absolute truth and they move forward with calumnies, with defamation and they hurt (people), they hurt. And, I say this because it’s my Church, also us, all of us. -- Pope Francis [Emphasis added.] 

Funny, atheist Richard Dawkins says the same thing about religion. The Pope has the curious notion that yesterday's "good Catholics" are today's "evil fundamentalists." See, if you actually believe all that stuff, you're a fundie, ready to go out and hurt people's feelings, if not worse. Yeah, you got 'em, we got 'em, what are you gonna to do?

The Bear is willing to stake his journalistic reputation -- slight as it is -- on a remarkable claim. Pope Francis is first, last and only a leftist humanitarian who, by a joke of fate, happened to find himself in a high religious position. He's Pope Bono.

According to Pope Francis, whether you believe what the Church teaches or not is beside the point. Actually, it's better not to believe doctrines too strongly, because that makes you rigid, unmerciful, and even a fundamentalist. Better to bend the pliable limbs of Jesus-doctrine like Gumby and get rid of your rigid, fundamentalist Church-doctrine.

He's going to use his time as Pope to heal the planet, end hunger, unify the Three Amigos Great Abrahamic Religions, bring all Christians into communion and establish peace on Earth. We should all familiarize ourselves with the great old slogan: don't immanentize the eschaton! Jesus will dry every tear at the end of days. Leftists are always going to do it any day now. 

In the meantime, we shall go along believing as we should, and the Pope will stand before his own Master.

Let's Solve All the World's Problems First, Then We Can Worry About Condoms 

Then the Pope was asked about condoms. Clearly, he was ready to avoid Pope Benedict's unprepared response to this gotcha question. It is a strange and shockingly revealing answer, but the short version is, we can worry about small issues like contraception after we've created Heaven on Earth and dried every tear. 

The question seems too small to me, it also seems like a partial question. Yes, it’s one of the methods. The moral of the Church on this point is found here faced with a perplexity: the fifth or sixth commandment on life, or that sexual relations are open to life, but this isn’t the problem. The problem is bigger ... this question makes me think of one they once asked Jesus: “Tell me, teacher, is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? Is it obligatory to heal?” This question, “is doing this lawful,” … but malnutrition, the development of the person, slave labor, the lack of drinking water, these are the problems. Let’s not talk about if one can use this type of patch or that for a small wound, the serious wound is social injustice, environmental injustice, injustice that ... I don’t like to go down to reflections on such case studies when people die due to a lack of water, hunger, environment ... when all are cured, when there aren’t these illnesses, tragedies, that man makes, whether for social injustice or to earn more money, I think of the trafficking of arms, when these problems are no longer there, I think we can ask the question “is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” Because, if the trafficking of arms continues, wars are the biggest cause of mortality ... I would say not to think about whether it’s lawful or not to heal on the Sabbath, I would say to humanity: “make justice,” and when all are cured, when there is no more injustice, we can talk about the sabbath.

See, Jesus wouldn't care about contraception. (And you're trying to trip me up just like the Pharisees did Jesus.) Once again, Jesus agrees with Pope Francis, because they both hate rules, man. 

This is an answer from someone who is focused solely on earthly goals, and doesn't appear to take the Catholic faith very seriously. Notice how he veers off into his favorite tropes of anti-capitalism, the environment and arms trafficking. Jesus is reduced to a cardboard prop to be unfolded whenever Pope Francis wants to talk about redistributing wealth.

So horses are back on the
menu until injustice is
It follows that premarital sex is just youthful high spirits that we can deal with once the streets are paved with gold. That's just another "small" issue, after all. So is your favorite sin. Sin doesn't bother Pope Francis because it just distracts from his secular leftist agenda. Except gossip, because people might be talking about his loopy ideas.

Needless to say, the experience of want in the world does not preclude a normal person from speaking clearly on contraception, or, indeed, having a moral system that includes many precepts. There is no logic in this Franciscan word salad, but the Bear is sure it bamboozled the reporter.

Again, if you think the Pope is wrong, well, so does the Bear. But he will stand before his own Master, and maybe all his good intentions will count for something. Remember, he sees himself as the good guy, teaching gospel basics in the face of a forbidding, angry, shadow Church encrusted with doctrines that keep people away from God.

Don't forget that you, too, will stand before your Master one day very soon, to give an account. What you do in your life is infinitely more important to you than what Pope Francis thinks or does. He's not the Church. Patience is a virtue.

 Let's move on to the problem of global warming, which, according to the Pope, is worse than we could possibly imagine. As in doomsday now. Hey, a secular religion has to have it's own eschatology, too.

Global Warming Will Kill Us All, Maybe Next Week

Every year, the problems are more serious. Speaking to a meeting of university students about what world we want to leave our children, one said, “But are you sure there will be children in this generation? We’ve reached the limit. We’re on the verge of suicide, to use a strong word. -- Pope Francis

Humility: believing you
can save the whole

Look, there's no law against stupid, and leftists are genetically predisposed to be taken by any flim-flam man that comes down the pike. (Isn't it interesting that leftists think in essentially religious terms? Talking about saving the poor. Promoting peace by putting "coexist" stickers on their Volvos. Even being saviors of the world. "We've reached the limit. We're on the verge of suicide, to use a strong word.")

Once you've lost your religion, the religious habit dies hard.

Such drama! Such a sense of mission! Once the Church saved souls from hellfire. Now it's worried about our children's flesh melting in global warming. The supernatural is out. Materialism is where it's at. Everyone needs to believe in something. For some, Catholicism just doesn't cut it anymore. Marxism, scientism, one-worldism, now those are respected and exciting! Especially if you're in a position to speak into those beautiful, beguiling microphones. Oh, to be the very face and voice of mercy, compassion, and tolerance!

No leftist could resist.

Have I Mentioned How Murderous Christians Were in the 16th Century?

Just one more. Again, he shows his disloyalty to the Catholic Church when asked what the Prophet Mohammed has to say to the world today. (Kill?)

As everywhere, there are people with religious values, there are people who don’t ... how many wars, not only religious, wars we Christians have made. It wasn’t the Muslims who did the Sack of Rome. They have virtues. -- Pope Francis 

Pope Francis' anti-Catholic rhetoric is giving Jack Chick a run for his money.

 He mentioned the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre (1572); the Thirty Years War (1616); and Catherine de Medici (d. 1589).  Actually, the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre and Catherine de Medici is unfairly creating two examples of evil Catholics out of one incident, and the Thirty Years War was a European free-for-all that saw Sweden's brief appearance as a superpower. It did not long remain primarily a religious war. All of the Pope's examples were in complicated times after the Reformation had splintered not only the Church, but Christian Europe politically.

It is telling the Pope had to reach back to the 16th and early 17th centuries for his examples. Want Muslim terrorism? Pick up today's newspaper.


There's something terrifying --
on the left wing!
This was the most despicable version of "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet yet. The Bear can no longer avoid the question: "is the Pope Catholic?"

The Bear would say, no, not in any ordinary sense. He's just a wide-eyed little leftist from Latin America who, unbelievably, was given the opportunity to peddle his gimcrack ideas to the world instead of doing the job the Cardinals foolishly entrusted to him: to be the Pope. And maybe clean up the curia.

Come to think of it, keep saving the planet, Holy Father, and leave our poor Church alone.

What does that mean to us faithful Catholics? Only that we've got a bad Pope in our little slice of time. We continue being "fundamentalists" if that's the new word for being good Catholics. We go to Mass, we say the rosary and do whatever else we did before we had ever heard of Pope Francis. We shine our little Catholic hearts out.

The tipping point has been reached for the Bear. Once you stop thinking about the Pope in religious terms, and understand he's just another puffed-up leftist strutting across the world stage for a moment or two, it all makes sense. That doesn't mean he's not the Pope. That is not for a Bear to declare, and it doesn't have any effect on his lived Catholicism. It is convenient to assume he is for the short time until his reign is over.

But the Bear will say this. He is apparently a man far too limited in experience, education and Catholic formation for the job he was entrusted. Call it Peronism, or liberation theology or modernism or just provincialism, but his fundamental orientation seems to have impaired his sense of the supernatural. (Yes, every once in awhile he'll mention the devil in a homily and everyone's lower lips quiver, but the Bear is not impressed by such gestures.) He is a relic, clinging to materialistic ideologies that have been discredited by history. The Bear is confident the next conclave will not make the same mistake.

It is a curiosity, but you will know where to find the Bear. Won't you join him?


  1. Excellently said, Bear! I pray that the good Lord will deliver us all ASAP from this outrageous and evil Pope, unworthy to occupyn St. Peter's Chair.

    Meanwhile, continue to publish your excellent comments. They will be helpful to wavering and misguided Catholics.

    God bless

  2. Hey, I think your "Pope Bono" quip is a tad unfair . . . to Bono, actually. Lately, he's been promoting good old-fashioned economic development (a.k.a. "capitalism").

  3. "As the Bear writes Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik just killed 14 people in California"

    When I first read that I thought, 'wow I didn't realize the Shepherdess had an Arabic name' and 'why is she shooting people with some Arab dude'?

    Seriously though, I'm pretty sure contraception has prevented the births of waaayyyy more people than the sum total of the dead from all wars throughout history. I think that Francis doesn't know how to deal with most questions, so he links it back to things he feels safe talking about. He also reads only one newspaper regularly (according to only one source I've seen, so, really, who knows) and doesn't watch television, and is from a heavily Catholic country whose specific major problems are the only major things he talks about, with a rather bizarre attempt at equating them with all other problems. That being said, lacking intelligence is definitely no sin, and, well, he's no academic; so I'm not sure we should get mad at him. I mean, what is he supposed to do? Not criticize priests needlessly? Not belittle people for being traditional? Not force me to end up writing sentences like this while attempting to defend him?

    ugh I should stop.

    1. Frankly, he doesn't seem bright, but that's not the problem. The problem is he's a leftist, with all the quirks, limitations and dangers associated with that illness. What he actually believes is anyone's guess, except it has to be flexible and non-absolute or you become a fundamentalist and gossip.

    2. Certainly more cunning than bright, Bear, insofar as he knows his audience well and how it is best manipulated to his political and, if any, theological advantage.

      It is a terrible thing to contemplate, mush less to articulate, but I wonder if some of this madness exhibited by Pope Francis is of diabolic origin, i.e. possession, even down to his faux 'miracles'.

    3. 'mush' less? So much for articulation. Ah well, even Homer nods.

  4. There was a brief period when I had guarded hope for Papa Frank. That is long gone.

    Yes, pharisee-ism is a pet peeve of mine. Yes, I am against being overly fundamentalist (years in ultra-"traditional" wings of the Church will do that to anyone).

    The difference is, when Frank says things like "Pelagian", "fundamentalist", "overly rigorous",or "pharisee" he means something entirely different than I do. I know what a "fundamentalist" Catholic (if we want to call it that) looks like. He does not.

    1. I am with you. Over time an unsoundness revealed itself, as "The Terror at 20,000 Feet" comments manifest. I have identified that as secular leftism. Honestly, I would not rule out a personality disorder, either.

  5. Nicely done. The Cliff's notes version? Is the Pope Catholic? Most definitely no.

  6. I've said for a while now that Francis is what you would get if you walked up to a random "Catholic" on the street and asked: "hey, wanna be the Pope"?

    1. I think a large minority would do a better job.

  7. He is so stuck in the 70s, it is not funny. I have met a many priests of his generation and subsequent generation, who complain about how BXVI was taking us back, that we need to look forward, never back. They complain about 'rigidness' among the younger priests and the lack of 'mercy'. While they keep looking back at the 70s demolition and deconstruction as the ideal.

  8. Bear you have outdone yourself, if that is possible. This was a superb analysis of a man who has lost his faith in God and replaced it with faith in Man. And what brilliant ideas has he to offer us to allay Man's misery. Is it that we should follow the will of God? Of course not, that is fundamentalist. What we need to do is fix the environment and the economy and we will all be happy. Does this inspire you? Make your heart soar? Desire to be a better person? Not likely unless you no longer believe in God.

    Let us pray that Pope Francis reign will end soon.

  9. The only problem you have here is that conservative Catholic's believe progressive Catholic's are not Catholic at all. The problem with using the word, 'leftist' ad nauseam is that your point is discounted. The problem most conservatives have with Francis, assuming your contention is not in toe-step with the SSPX and opponents of Vatican II, is that you feel he is modifying doctrine. The problem with this is that he is not. [Some] conservatives have trouble compartmentalizing doctrinal and juridical. Francis has addressed issue that are juridical for change, not doctrinal - this is an important and missed point.

    I will address some other differences of opinion on my blog shortly.

    1. Did I say he was modifying doctrine? I said he mistrusts and discounts doctrine. I was not speaking of him as a Church progressive. My thesis is that he is an ordinary, secular leftist possessed of all their enthusiasms and errors, and is motivated by humanitarian interests, not religious at all. Your distinction of doctrinal vs. juridical is irrelevant to my article.

  10. Sadly, I must agree with you. My heart aches for the needs of the faithful and I cry out to the Lord for the sake of His sheep.

    I read this following little passage this week from "In Conversation with God":

    In these times of doctrinal confusion, we must tae particular precautions NOT TO GIVE WAY IN THE CONTENT OF OUR FAITH, NOT EVEN IN THE SLIGHTEST DEGREE for if one yields ground on any single point of Catholic doctrine, one will later have to yield to another, and again in another, and so on until such surrenders come to be something normal and acceptable. And, when one gets used to rejecting dogma bit by bit, the final result will be the repudiation of it altogether.

    Remember there has been martyrs who gave their lives for Christ over 'small' matters such as not stepping on a Crucifix...

  11. Would it be wrong for me to pray that the pope would be struck mute?

  12. The "Jack Chick" reference is priceless. Bear, you do good work, sir.

    1. Thank you, sir. The Bear is happy you enjoy his act.


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