|Bear foresees many more pieces on Pope Francis in 2016.|
In a piece that did not much appeal to the Bear (he's being polite), Kathryn Lopez (whom he thought knew better) talked about reading Pope Francis' new MercyBook while grieving over David Bowie.
After quoting extensively from a homosexual about how great Bowie was, she quotes this from Pope Francis' MercyBook:
Pius XII, more than half a century ago, said that the tragedy of our age was that it had lost its sense of sin, the awareness of sin. Today we add further to the tragedy by considering our illness, our sins, to be incurable, things that cannot be healed or forgiven. We lack the actual concrete experience of mercy. The fragility of our era is this too: we don’t believe that there is a chance for redemption; for a hand to raise you up; for an embrace to save you, forgive you, pick you up, flood you with infinite, patient, indulgent love; to put you back on your feet. We need mercy. We need to ask ourselves why today so many people, men and women, young and old, of every social class, go to psychics and fortunetellers.Forget the over-the-top sentimentality. In the popedown, it's Pius XII-1, Francis-0.
How anyone could look at today's world and wring his hands over people overwhelmed by their sins is beyond a Bear's simple 450 gram brain. Venerable Pope Pius XII had it right. We need more of a consciousness of sin in the world. Mercy after repentance,
Now the Bear knows Pope Francis doesn't like to talk about these matters, but you've got people cohabiting who don't feel sin. You've got homosexuals who feel great about themselves. (Including a large percentage of priests.) You've got Catholics who contracept and don't feel the slightest twinge. Or think they're doing God a big favor if they manage to get to Mass twice a year. Elderly parents are forgotten because they're not pleasant to be around, and their children are not burdened by an overwhelming sense of sin. Couples who divorce and remarry, where one party is probably messing around beforehand, any feelings of sin drowned by the thrill of new love. People who don't even know what their carbon footprint is.
|Sweet tiara on this Tarot Pope.|
Sorry. The Bear fell off his chair laughing. Fortune-tellers. By all means, fortune-tellers are the greatest threat to the Church. Well, thank goodness the Church doesn't have any serious problems!
Holy Father, you're in luck! The Bear is here tell you why people are going to fortune-tellers.
[Bear deletes immensely entertaining rant his mate said was unfit for publication due to its graphic Bearish content.]
The reason is, with all due respect, is that it is just possible that some in positions of power within the Church, have used their power somewhat less than wisely in a few areas since 1958, causing the common people to lose confidence in their Church. It is only natural that people will seek spiritual solace somewhere else, if the Church fails to provide it. It might be further conjectured that the more unhinged the Church becomes from its tried and true liturgy and doctrine, while promoting itself as some sort of syncretistic New Age love cult, people will go to the real New Age experts instead of a bunch of elderly wannabes.
But the Bear can tell you this. The Catholics who are overwhelmed with guilt are blessed, because this will cause them to go to confession, where they will be absolved from all their sins. The Holy Father's many friends who are Evangelical, or Lutheran, or Jewish, or Muslim do not have this wonderful opportunity. Wouldn't it be swell if they were all Catholic and could receive the Sacrament of Penance? What do you think, Holy Father?
Wow. How simple that was. Catholics' guilt gets taken away, and they receive the mercy of God's forgiveness. Just like it has always been, Holy Father, even before you patented Mercy.