Saturday, January 9, 2016

Jimmy Bacon on January Intentions Video

Official Catholic Apologist Jimmy Bacon

Here are nine things to know and share about the Pope's new intentions video.

1. When you get down to it, the Pope merely asked for dialogue with other faiths; nothing new.
2. Certainly today, with so much sectarian violence, that has to be a good thing.
3. The imagery is not part of the Pope's intentions, so nobody should be excited about it.
4. For all we know, the Pope read a script that was spliced in post-production into a series of images he knew nothing about.
5. Nothing in the video is contrary to the New Evangelization, which respects differences and works through attraction.
6. "Love" is a good thing to believe in. God is love. To object is to promote Hate. Love is the answer to the radicalization of Christian fundamentalists.
7. Pope Francis' comment about the one certainty "for all" being that we are all children of God just means that that is the common denominator of all religions. The Pope never said that that is the only certainty for the Catholic Church.
8. Pope Francis is merely carrying on the interfaith mission of his two predecessors, one of whom is a saint.
9. A video is not part of the magisterium of the Church. By all means pray for the intentions (required for an indulgence), and if the video works for you, fine, and if not, that's fine, too. It is merely an illustration of the Pope's quite ordinary intentions.



The Bear Responds

We're living through a Malachi Martin novel.

The fascination with dialogue for dialogue's sake is indeed nothing new. Since it has no goal, it cannot ever be said to have failed. But it allows people who have nothing useful to do to look busy and important. However, whenever the Bear hears the word "dialogue," he reaches for his revolver.

The video will have no impact on sectarian violence. Some teenager in Afghanistan chilling on opium milk while watching beheading videos on deathtotheinfidel.org is not going to accidentally see this video on YouTube and say to himself, "Wow, my heart is full of love." No, he's going to say, "I wish I could kill all those bastards." 

Here's the problem. The people who are willing to dialogue with you are not potential suicide bombers. And the suicide bombers aren't listening to the people willing to dialogue with you. Furthermore, dialogue is dangerous, because Catholics always want to dialogue and agree a bit more than the people they are dialoguing with. Therefore, they're always willing to trade truth for a photo op. It's the greatest scam in the history of the Church, and it's scamming itself.

Papal Propaganda Video Deliberately Promotes Heresy of Indifferentism

Fun facts: 90% of information processed by the brain is visual. Visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text. Viewers are 85% more likely to purchase a product after viewing a video. Presenters who use visual aids are 45% more likely to persuade their audience.

Here's an example. If you're a trial lawyer, you had better have a Power Point presentation ready for closing argument. That's just the way it is these days. Lawyers know they are significantly more persuasive with visuals, and the better courtrooms have all the necessary equipment installed.

Look at WWII propaganda. Text is minimal. The image is everything. No posters were distributed with nothing but block letters BUY WAR BONDS on a white background. 



Do you think this image created an emotional response in people with men fighting overseas?


A picture is worth a thousand words. Papal propaganda designed
to promote the heresy of indifferentism.

Motion pictures proved to be the most effective method of propaganda. Leni Riefenstahl was the master of German propaganda. The infamous 1935 Triumph of Will lives on, despite it's Nazi theme. It's on YouTube and worth watching for historical and educational purposes only. It lives on in movies. From Star Wars's imperial pomp, to actually putting Indiana Jones in the Nuremberg rally that Riefenstahl so masterfully captured. 

The technique in the Pope's intentions video of having different people repeating the same phrase goes right back to Hitler's favorite movie. Someone has done a very short, but interesting comparison of Triumph of the Will and Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers.





Pope Francis' video is very well-produced propaganda in the deliberate service of a heresy. Make no mistake, Pope Francis knowingly and willfully doing his best to lead innocent souls into the same heresy of indifferentism that has corrupted him. Let's get real, Jimmy. It's all about the propaganda video, not the intentions. Leni Riefenstahl would approve.

"The Pope didn't know?" That's just sad.

The New Evangelization is a con job and you know it. The Church isn't interested because people like Pope Francis have departed from the truth and believe that, unlike the Old Evangelization, other people no longer need the Church.

It is not a matter of taking or leaving the videos. Of course the Bear has left them. The problem is that it is presenting a false view of Christianity to a wide audience, backed up by the authority of the Pope. It portrays all religions as equal, and collectively as some sort of unified New Age Love Cult. It carefully ignores what makes Christianity different. It is indifferentism on steroids and Pope Francis is banging the drum for it.

"I believe in Love," is different from actually loving, isn't it? Love is a gift from one person to another, not something "out there" that one looks to for inspiration. The Bear supposes it could be repaired to make sense, but that wouldn't be punchy and effective. Besides, we're not supposed to be thinking about any of this. It's propaganda. Inspiring visuals and short, phrases. 

Here's a similarly vapid video from 1971. But at least Coca-Cola can say it's the real thing. Pope Francis says, "Coke is good, but so is Pepsi, Sprite and Dr. Pepper. People just have different tastes."



"There Is Only One Certainty. We Are All Children of God."

For the Pope to say "There is only one certainty we have for all. We are all children of God," is so dumbed-down it cannot even be called Catholic. It is trite, feel-good nonsense untethered from the Catholic faith. At this point, however, what does one expect? While it is true that we are all made in the image of God, the Church has always required more to be adopted as children of God. (Not to mention we know much real truth with certainly.)

The Bear offers an extensive supply of quotes that say what a child of God really is. He apologizes for its length, but the Bear wants to thoroughly maul the Pope's poisonous propaganda.

What do we make of this? "But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:12-13 RSV) Receive, believe, then you are given power to become children of God.

Apparently, not everyone is a child of God. Christians are distinguished from "a crooked and perverse generation." Were the terrorists in San Bernardino children of God? A satanist desecrating a host? Pol Pot? Pharaoh in Genesis? The men of Sodom? Charles Manson? Osama bin Laden?
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
(Philippians 2:14-16 RSV)

Some are children of God...

"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him." (1 John 3:1 RSV)

"But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith." (Ga 3:25–26 NRSV)

And others are children of the devil.

"By this it may be seen who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother." (1 John 3:10 RSV)

St. Basil the Great linked Christianity with becoming a child of God, as do others.
Through the Holy Spirit comes our restoration to paradise, our ascension into the kingdom of heaven, our return to the adoption of sons, our liberty to call God our Father, our being made partakers of the grace of Christ, our being called children of light, our sharing in eternal glory, and, in a word, our being brought into a state of all “fulness of blessing,” both in this world and in the world to come, of all the good gifts that are in store for us, by promise whereof, through faith, beholding the reflection of their grace as though they were already present, we await the full enjoyment.
Basil of Caesarea. (1895). The Book of Saint Basil on the Spirit. In P. Schaff & H. Wace (Eds.), B. Jackson (Trans.), St. Basil: Letters and Select Works (Vol. 8, p. 22). New York: Christian Literature Company.
The life which the Son of God came to give to human beings cannot be reduced to mere existence in time. The life which was always “in him” and which is the “light of men” (Jn 1:4) consists in being begotten of God and sharing in the fullness of his love: “To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (Jn 1:12–13).
 John Paul II. (1995). Evangelium Vitae. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
For by nature, we are born from Adam children of wrath, but by baptism we are regenerated in Christ, children of mercy; for, he gave power to men to become the sons of God, to them that believe on his name; who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Catholic Church. (1852). The Catechism of the Council of Trent. (T. A. Buckley, Trans.) (p. 159). London: George Routledge and Co.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says "He who believes in Christ becomes a son of God."
1709 He who believes in Christ becomes a son of God. This filial adoption transforms him by giving him the ability to follow the example of Christ. It makes him capable of acting rightly and doing good. In union with his Savior, the disciple attains the perfection of charity which is holiness. Having matured in grace, the moral life blossoms into eternal life in the glory of heaven. 
Catholic Church. (2000). Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd Ed., p. 426). Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference.

And, finally, there is this reminder, from the beginning of the Catechism. This is what it's all about. Not dialogue. Not slick propaganda videos. Not pretend unity. Not scripted platitudes. It's about each individual's response to Jesus Christ and entering the unity of His family, the Church.
He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.
Catholic Church. (2000). Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd Ed., p. 7). Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference.

ERROR: The Heresy of Indifferentism: one religion is as good as another. There is either no revelation from God, or  any revelation may be safely disregarded. One wonders which it is for Pope Francis. Since indifferentism is a heresy, one would have to be willfully blind not to be forced to consider whether Pope Francis is a formal heretic.
13. Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained. Surely, in so clear a matter, you will drive this deadly error far from the people committed to your care. With the admonition of the apostle that "there is one God, one faith, one baptism"[16] may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever. They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself that "those who are not with Christ are against Him,"[17] and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him. Therefore "without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith whole and inviolate."
Mirari Vos, Pope Gregory XVI, 1832.
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.
(Galatians 1:8-9 RSV)


32 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Thank you. You and your family have my prayers. Keep at it, Bear.

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  2. So Francis has hired Don Draper?

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    1. It lacks the originality. I would have guessed Leni Riefenstahl, but she died at the ripe old age of 101. Actually, it is a Jesuit outfit based in France.

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  3. The obvious question: if Pope Francis is deliberately promoting the heresy of indifferentism, does that make him a heretic?

    Then what?

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  4. Bear asks:

    " if Pope Francis is deliberately promoting the heresy of indifferentism, does that make him a heretic?

    Then what?"

    Christ has never left us orphans...

    BETHLEHEM
    STARS

    Look to the timeless
    Look to the true -
    Look to the Christs
    Giving their lives for you.


    Look to His Mother
    Look to Her spouse -
    Flee from the dens
    Where the thieves rob His House.


    The thieves have seduced
    The thieves have well groomed
    Their sheepheaded souls
    They have crushed and consumed.


    The new hired Herods
    Lure with a kiss -
    Only pure-pious men
    Know something's amiss.


    Follow these wise men
    It's clear who they are -
    Crystal Light shines upon them
    Under Bethlehem's star!

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  5. Is that really Jimmy Bacon? I never heard of him. Who is he? How did he get the red beard?
    The Coke commercial was a trip! What hippy dippy, wear a flower in your hair naive grooviness.

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    1. The Bear will never tell. The red beard is an Afghan thing. Jimmy Bacon risks his life every day to defend Pope Francis through his writing, frequently using listicles.

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    2. I'm laughing sooo hard......
      Is listicles a real word?
      At first I thought it was Mark Shea the irascible.
      How about a Rogue's Gallery?

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    3. Listicles is a real word, as in "Top 10 Most Shocking Bible Stories." They're a popular way for hip internet authors to generate interest, especially with younger readers. Jimmy Bacon is an admirer of Jimmy Aikin, and has died his beard red in tribute.

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    4. The red beard is a way to imitate the example of the Prophet.

      Same with growing a beard but shaving the moustache, using stones for ablutions and marrying young girls.

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  6. Another quote for your perusal, Surah 5:18. Also, CCC 1996 links being a child of God to justification. Is the Pope telling us that that whole mess has been worked out and Sola Fides is finally dead? Are there are no more Calvinists left in the world?

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  7. Thanks Bear. As usual you are exactly correct. My guess is that most(90%) of Catholics are indifferent, and to make matters worse, like to be indifferent. Less fuss and muss that way and so very American, too. After all, we are a melding pot aren't we, so what makes one religion better than another?

    I guess what I like about what's happening is the separation of the wheat and chaff, the committed vs. the indifferent. It's been there for a long time but now, with Pope Francis, heresy is becoming official Catholic policy. As I said before, it is time for divine intervention.

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    1. I agree with you. This is way beyond human means, although it would be encouraging to see at least some resistance from our clergy, and by resistance I mean, press conference and calling out the heretics in those words exactly. I grow concerned the longer this goes on, it will lead to a crisis of faith for many. How long can the faith be undermined and heretics skip around attending lavish parties with no heavenly correction, before people start to wonder if maybe the progressives got it right and we got it wrong.

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  8. "The meaning of masonry"

    Now, therefore, why is Jesus the Christ not mentioned in the Masonic Ritual of the first three degrees? Those who ask this question should remember that Masonry has been, and is now, attempting to promote the idea of a universal brotherhood, a dwelling-together of all peoples on earth in harmony and peace. Though Avatars have come to all people at different times with the same essential message, nevertheless the Christian Avatar is still not acceptable to some peoples. The brotherhood of man, however, can be established upon the Fatherhood of God, which could and should be a universal unifying synthesis of sufficient power to draw all men together. Masonry proclaims the universal sovereignty of the All-Father, for it is He, the I Am That I Am, who has sent every divine messenger into the world of humanity to teach men the way, the Truth, and the Light. The ancient teachings were projected on the earth plane by the great teachers--Avatars, divine messengers, messiahs, way-showers, exemplars, elder Brothers, who at the behest of the Great Architect came into flesh from the Celestial Lodge at different times and to different races of men. Jesus of Nazareth was sent to be a light to the world to some branches of the human race, but other branches have had, and do now have, their Buddha, their Krishna, their Zoroaster, their Confucius, their Mohammed. Masonry declares that all these peoples, of whatever religion or creed, are children of God born into a particular race, religion, or creed to derive whatever benefits and self development they need, or are capable of, on their long journey back to the Celestial Lodge. As all men live and move and have their being in the Creator, all men are potential Brothers. Hence Masonry emphasizes no one Avatar in its Ritual more than another; and Masons all over the world express their first allegiance to God, as the Universal Father. . .

    Franciscus seems to have a Creed different from the Catholic Creed but that raises even more unsettling questions for his creed can not have been a secret to those in the Conclave and so it prolly is the case that what he says and does is representative of the Creed of those in the Cardinalate, Prelature, and Bishopric.

    Given how glib he is, given his lengthy praxis as Bishop and Abp, the electors in the Conclave knew who they were electing and what program his election would consist of and that open knowledge what was made Rorate Caeli so crestfallen the very night he was elected

    Their silence signals the basic truth of that observation.

    So we are in far far more danger than it appears we are for Franciscus is the legitimate leader of a clerical cadre whose Creed is not the Creed of the Catholic Church.

    Other than that everything is all good as the kids say.

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    1. Dead on accurate identification of how bad things are, and they are likely far worse than even what we imagined. My biggest fear has always been that he was elected by the conclave, and he was surely not a mystery to them. Despite some fairly quiet protestations from a few men, we have to say he has largely been unchallenged.

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  9. Bear, the New Evangelization is most definitely not a con job.

    Pope John Paul II called for it for a very specific reason and it has a very specific definition.
    The old evangelization had to do with evangelizing the world. The new evangelization had to do with evangelizing Catholics, because after the "Dutch Catechism" inspired catechism from the early 1960s to the year 2005 or so, the catechism was horrible and homilies only added to the sad state of affairs.

    The new Universal Catholic Catechism was very much a product of the new evangelization as an antidote to the toxic "we don't need a universal catechism because each bishop must be able to adapt the truth 'pastorally' at the local level" and "besides, this is the Age of Aquarius don't you know".

    Pope John Paul II never called for the abandonment of the old evangelization, and it's precisely the garbage catechism of the "1960-2005 generation" that allowed such a video to be produced without Catholics on the street storming Rome instead of saying "yep, that's what I learned in Catholic School". The new evangelization requires us to fight back against this heresy.

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    1. I suggest you go to the USCCB website and look at their documents relating to the New Evangelization and get back with me. The Church does no evangelization whatsoever. The Church wants clueless sheep, and sees no need for anyone to change their religion.

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    2. "The Church wants clueless sheep, and sees no need for anyone to change their religion."

      What many bishops seem to want is merely to keep enough in the pews to keep the machinery running, the bills paid, their friends employed. They're happy to keep the status and prestige afforded them by the tireless evangelizing efforts of their predecessors to bring to ecumenical gatherings and government grant requests; but anything more than that creates unpleasantness and risk.

      There are exceptions, of course. I even know a few of them. Pray for them. Pray for them all. They carry a special responsibility that they must answer for in the end.

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  10. I came across a priest who, in speaking of this video, basically offered "the Pope didn't know" argument. Whoever edited the video created the indifferentist effect that the video conveys, but the Pope just read his part.

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    1. Not likely. The Holy Father's words are consonant with the video. He has not distanced himself from it. It fits with what we already know about Pope Francis. Finally the Bear wrote to Vatican television and asked them that very question. I received no reply.

      This is like the people who say he never talked to Scalfari. Yet no denial from the Vatican. It is rather pathetic.

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    2. I agree entirely. I thought of the interviews with Scalfari when I heard this from the priest. If the Pope was duped, why go back again and again? The same will apply if/when a future video for a monthly intention comes about this is as absurd as this one. What will the excuse be then?

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    3. I cannot believe we are still seeing people who question if he is responsible. The point is, since being elected he has done nothing to indicate he is anything else but what he presents himself to be. It is way past time to face it. Yes, it's bad, but the man is responsible.

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  11. Sure enough: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/pope-francis-on-gods-universal-fatherhood

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    1. Jimmy Bacon thinks he's been plagiarized. It's getting where you can't satirize these people. Thanks for the heads up. And, okay, so the crucifix is not to offend the Jew. Note how he say's your reaction is just about taste, snails and oysters, just like the Bear wrote in the chief piece. To justify that we are all "Sons of Gods," he trots out some OT texts. I think son of God takes on a specific meaning in the New Covenant, as abundantly illustrated in the chief piece. Why not quote the 81st Psalm and say everybody's God? "I have said: You are gods and all of you the sons of the most High." (Psalms 81:6 Douay Rheims). Lame.

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  12. Excellent. We are not all children of God, and Muslims for one group, do not consider themselves such. In fact, Muslims take great offense at calling God "Father ". For them, He is Creator & the believers of Islam are the "slaves of God," with no such humanly relationship--they consider it blasphemous to presume such an intimate relationship with the Divine for the believers. As for all others, they are creatures of God/Allah, but as "infidels" they are destested by Him unless they accept Mohammed & His religion; and certainly they never could be considered "children of God/Allah"--far far from any such thing! So, as Francis stoops to the low of compromising the one True Faith, the Holy Catholic Faith, in the hopes of pleasing the followers of other religions, at least one of these religions could not reject that proposition more than the Muslims do.

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    1. Yes, the only hope we have against Pope Francis' pan-religious love cult is the objects of our affection rebuffing our efforts. Since many of them actually still believe their religions, this may work out. You will never see some Muslim cleric releasing a sickening travesty like the January Intentions video.

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  13. Keep up your good work! We always look forward to your articles.

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  14. I'm more than willing to entertain the proposition that some Catholics (some of the traditionalists) are overly excitable, too ready to think the worst about things coming out of the Vatican or the local chancery. But this....video really is hard to defend, for the reasons the Bear gives - because of its blatantly indifferentist visuals; because of what it *doesn't* say.

    Jimmy really is beyond parody with this one.

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  15. Superb, Bear! Keep roaring away and perhaps some of the sheep will prick-up their ears in time.

    Recall, if you will, that then-Cardinal Wojtyla (Pope St. John Paul II) gave an address during the Eucharistic Congress in 1976 in Philadelphia on the occasion of the Bicentennial celebration of the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

    Cardinal Wojtyla said:

    “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the Antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously…”

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