Thursday, January 7, 2016

Pope Francis Finally Blows Up Christianity UPDATE

Slick Video Adds Punch to Bland Papal Intentions

UPDATE: this ephemeris is about the plain old Roman Catholic Church and a frank discussion of it problems. Comments about alternatives, such as schismatic or quasi-schismatic sects will not be published. Thank you for understanding and abiding by the Bear's rules.]

The Bear is at a loss for words, but he did find an appropriate acronym for the title. He changed it, but perhaps the same interrogatory beginning with Whiskey and ending with Foxtrot will occur to you.

Here is a slick, satanic propaganda video produced by the Vatican, pimping the Pope's abominable January intention. The elderly gentleman from Argentina is rubbing our noses in his non-Catholic intention: "That everyone accept Christianity as just one religion among many."

Actually, it is,“That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.” Bland, and nothing we haven't heard before. Pope Francis states that since most of the people on the planet are "believers," we should, like, dialogue and stuff.

Life Imitates Agitprop

What is different is that the Jesuit Apostleship of Prayer, working with the Vatican television center, has produced a video featuring a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim leader, a Buddhist lama and a Catholic priest. They are all shown in pleasant, holy poses, and each states his allegiance to his or her deity. The lady lama says, "I have confidence in Buddha." The rabbi says, "I believe in God." The Catholic priest says, "I believe in Jesus Christ." The Muslim says, "I believe in God, Allah." Pope Francis again appears to explain that many think and feel differently. There follows a series of short scenes of interfaith hugging and kissing.

Then, most remarkably if you think about it, your Pope says this: "There is only one certainty we have for all. We are all children of God."

Only one certainty? That we're all children of God? This is the best the Church occupied by the elderly gentleman from Argentina can offer in terms of certainty? How about the certainty that Jesus Christ is "the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me?" That the Catholic faith is truth in its fullness?

Then the four performers one by one say, with great conviction, "I believe in love." At the end, each holds out a symbol of his or her religion. A Buddha statue. A menorah. Muslim prayer beads. And the priest holds out a baby Jesus from a nativity set. (Which begs the question, if it's all a matter of different, but equal beliefs, why did Jesus bother to be born, much less to die on the cross?)

[UPDATE: Some have asked why the Baby Jesus instead of a crucifix. Muslims do not believe Jesus was crucified, so that would have been offensive. So much for respecting our beliefs. Interfaith is always a one-way street. The Church gives in, and more is demanded of her.

On the other hand, if this were Apocryphal Baby Jesus, this video would have a much different and more satisfying ending.]

They just believe differently, that's all.
The fix is in: everybody's going to heaven. We're all Bergoglioists now.

Eerily prophetic agitprop, no? Note that even the positions are perfect.

This whole business of one's religion being a matter of personal taste reminds me of the attempted seduction scene in Spartacus between Sir Laurence Olivier, and Tony Curtis. (It also carries a timely reminder about Rome. Some things never change.) Pope Francis (here, Laurence Olivier) likes snails, oysters, clams and mussels. And so should you, Antoninus.

True Colors

In the age of fighting sail, ships would often fly a false flag when approaching any enemy ship. When close enough to attack, they would haul down the false flag and raise their true colors. Pope Francis has decided the time is right to show his true colors. He has let loose a broadside against the Barque of Peter, and now that he has begun, he will not stop until he has captured his prize. He is counting on the shallowness, stupidity and cowardice of most of Catholics. Most Catholics' hearts will melt if they watch this sentimental propaganda, and Francis knows it.

They will not understand that the elderly gentleman from Argentina does not see a last supper with Jesus and his apostles. For Francis, it's an interfaith buffet where Jesus takes his equal place with Buddha, Mohammed, Moses, Zoroaster, and, Joseph Smith, for all the Bear knows.

He's finally done it. Game over.

The Bear's Intention for January

Here is the Bear's January Intention. Feel free to substitute it for the elderly confused gentleman from Argentina's and step off the Modernist-Masonic road to damnation.

I believe in love. The exclusive love for the living Son of God, Jesus Christ, God the Father and the God the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity. I believe in proper love for the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, Mary Immaculate. I believe in the one, true God's love for me, demonstrated by the Son, Jesus Christ, hanging on the cross. I pray that everyone will join me in the Catholic Church, the ark of salvation and light of the world.

Obviously, your Pope does not believe any of this. We are moving from learning what Pope Francis does not believe to what he does. And it's not even remotely Catholic.

Draw your own conclusions. The video speaks for itself.

The first non-Catholic pope.


  1. Your prayer intention is Catholic. I will in fact pray it.

    The other one; the creepy one in the video above? It is not Catholc. I will not pray it. May that intention go to hell, from which it came.

  2. Ghastly and wretched. Stupidly sentimental. So selectively sanitized.

    Why isn't the elephant god Ganesh featured? He's ubiquitous in India and worshipped by hundreds of millions.

    Why no woman in burqa, likely genitally maimed, chortling her ode to love?

    Where are the Wiccans?

    What about the Mormons? It would not be impossible to feature their Masonic (satanic) inspired underwear which they remove only for bathing.

    Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life and the only path to true human flourishing.

    1. I imagine they're going to feature a new group of religions each month, so no one feels left out. They had to get the Three Amigos Great Abrahamic Religions out of the way first. That made a leftover part, so Buddhism was chose for some reason.

    2. Bizzare. The baby doll looks like one of those planned parenthood images only with a pitch fork about to stab its foot. I am close to pulling the nail clear through my foot at this point. If my local bishop plays the videos at all Masses, I'm afraid i'm gonna need bail money.

    3. You are probably joking, but so many people believe Islam is an Abrahamic religion, but it is not of course. The only thing it has in common with the Abrahamic religions of Judaism and Christianity is geography. Many people lump Islam in with Judaism and Christianity but they have little "common ground", and certainly not Abraham.

    4. It is the official position of the Church that Islam is one of the Three Amigos Great Abrahamic Religions, somehow through Ismael.

  3. Before I even read your post, I know what you were referring to from the title. Mulling this video over, I thought again, no, he doesn't believe in what the Church teaches. I don't see how he could. It simply is not reasonable to conclude anything else. Stunning to see this unfold right before our eyes.

    1. This can only mean that they feel bold enough to start advancing the adversary's agenda in the open. Francis hears the footsteps of the Angel of Death behind him. There is no time to lose. He is trying to set a Masonic agenda that will survive him.

    2. Hey, remember this blast from the past, from papal ghost-writer Archbishop Fernandez?

      You have to realize that he is aiming at a reform that is irreversible. If one day he should intuit that he’s running out of time and he doesn’t have enough time to do what the Spirit is asking him, you can be sure he will speed up.

    3. "You have to realize that he is aiming at a
      reform that is irreversible."

      Lets take a guess, A Church of Mercy, A Church of Francis, A Church of Newness and Understanding, A Church of All, Catholic has now moved into the Great Family.

  4. THE

    The beginning of Wisdom
    Is Fear of the Lord,
    So Wisdom with age?
    I’ve seen no accord.

    So you’ve lived many decades
    Seen the world more than twice.
    But what have you learned?
    That sinners are nice?

    That sinners eat
    And sinners drink
    And sinners read
    And sinners think!

    And sinners have
    Sincere desires
    Like remodeling rooms
    With art that inspires

    And compels one to lift
    His goblet of wine
    To toast all we want
    And make want what is mine!

    So all in modern
    Shall acknowledge their versions
    Of propriety

    But when you die,
    They’ll bring goblets, blessed lockets
    But they’ll realize too late…
    The Pope’s shroud has no pockets!

    1. you have a way with words Long-skirts!

  5. I've seen this bobbing around the internet, but hadn't watched it. Now I have, and wished I hadn't. Speechless.

  6. Debbie's January Intention:

    Crystal Clear Catholic

    Crystal Clear Revolution

    Hmmn....something to this fellow, may more be
    "exiled"(good sign when compromise is threaten by Men
    of God.) May God bless us with many uncompromisers of the One True Faith, Amen.

  7. An Inverse Epiphany, eh? And apparently we can expect one of these every month from now on. Joy.

    I keep seeing bloggers like you (or Steve Skojec or Elliot Milco, etc.) resolving to spend less time worrying about what comes out of Rome and focus on more positive aspects of the Catholic experience. And I completely understand and sympathize with the sentiment. But as Comrade Trotsky once wrote: You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

    1. You should have also noticed that the Bear's good intentions are more often than not overcome by the need to bring clear and present dangers to light. This video should be a wake-up call that the elderly gentleman from Argentina is determined to spend his last remaining years destroying the raison d'etre of the Church. This is the spirit of antichrist. It is hard to remember a pope who deliberately tried to cut Christianity off at the knees.

    2. I agree with your take 100%, Bear. Bad moon rising certainly.

    3. I noticed, but was politely refraining from drawing attention to it. Also, apparently Trotsky probably didn't say that. He may have said You may not be interested in the dialectic..., etc., but that also works in this context.

      Seriously though, "spirit of antichrist" also popped into my head this morning during my morning prayers. This is beyond beyond, as my wife is fond of saying, and my own mask of bemused detachment is pretty close to slipping right now.

      If only Jimmy Akin would explain this to me!

    4. "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you".

      Yes! But difficult sometimes, since this is spiritual war. You cannot see this enemy. You are not always sure who it is, where, how, what's next? We have been told to expect spiritual enemies within the Church itself. Lucifer come to us as an Angel of Light.

      But unlike a physical opponent we see and can cause physical harm or death, this unseen enemy can lead our soul to eternal death. THIS is the enemy that matters.

      Prayer. Start with Bear's intention. I will tonight. And again in the morning with my Rosary. It's a good start.

    5. I had to laugh as this discussion reminded me of the 1935 quote attributed to Josef Stalin:

      "The Pope! How many divisions has he got?"

      May I suggest (with apologies to Uncle Joe) a modern day re-working of this gem, i.e.

      "The Pope! How many divisions has he caused?"

    6. Jimmy Aikin did stop by to explain it. See below.

  8. What in the world are we supposed to do now with praying for the intentions of the Pope which is always the requirement for a plenary indulgence?

    1. The actual intention is something like "that members of all religions may talk and learn to dance the tango." Galling, but doable, if you can keep your gorge down. I think God will sympathize. The Ministry of Love will never demand open heresy. They'll just gently, imperceptibly guide people to Hell.

    2. I think it is taking the indefectibility of the Church almost to the breaking point - which this whole papacy seems to be doing. But we have the promise of Christ that the gates of hell will not prevail.

  9. He has to go. Depose him.

    1. That is the job of the Bishops. Although, in the old days, I'm pretty certain the Roman people would rise up and toss him in the Tiber. Bergoglio is working in continuity with the world. Religious indifferentism shows the world that religion is merely a system of morality and, ultimately, is not necessary ...and if all creeds are essentially the same, what's the freakin' point?
      This is naturalism. The dark clouds of Freemasonry have spread over the dome of St. Peter's.

    2. The Bear is favor of throwing him into the Tiber. We know the Vatican is against guns, so storming Santa Marta against unarmed Swiss guards will be easy, especially with a Bear. Do we know whether he can swim?


  10. Peter wept bitterly after denying Christ. This guy, not so much.

  11. I believe in God ... The Apostles' Creed [], as my family and I pray daily at the beginning of the Holy Rosary.

  12. I know things in the circ de Roma are bad, believe me, if I could depose this guy yesterday, I would, but alas, that option is slightly above my's clearer and clearer he needs to be resisted...orthodoxy is not coming from the top at present.

  13. Guys, don't worry, Jimmy Akin will soon give us 9 reasons why this video is perfectly Catholic haha

    1. Hi, Jimmy Akin here. Here are nine things to know and share about the Pope's new intentions video.

      1. The Pope merely asked for dialogue with other faiths.
      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.
      4. For all we know, the Pope read a script that was spliced 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. Maybe Buddhists will see their representative speak of love and avoid being radicalized.
      7. Pope Francis' comment about the one certainty "for all" being that we are all children of God means that that is the common denominator of all religions. And it is true. It does not mean 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.

    2. Wow, I at first thought Jimbo had actually responded! Well done, Bear!! You might do him a favor and save him some keyboard time and just email it to him. LOL.

    3. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:1-21

      I suppose if you believe in Jimminy Cricket and your Conscience is your Guide, er, I mean God, then you are all set. No need for evangelization and heavens, no "proselytizing"!!

    4. In reference to "respecting differences", I find it interesting the Pope chose to present our Lord as a cheesy plastic baby doll. He could have presented Him as our Crucified Lord, Kingly on His Magnificent Cross.

      But I suppose, THAT difference would have been offensive to those others presenting their personal faith icons. An innocent, helpless baby doll does not offend. Christ, God with us, hanging on the Cross because we put Him there most certainly does.

      To Jimmy Akin, the "new evangelization" is not working. It will not work. Truth converts. Marketing strategy does not. All the N.E. Will do is continue to dilute our own Faith; encourage unbelief in our dialogue partners; confuse and discourage the Faithful. We have GOLD in our possession! They do not. It does them no favors to hide the gold, admire their dreck, and present our "Pearl Of Great Price" as something less than the Treasure that it is.

    5. That is an uncannily accurate representation, so much so that I could hear Jimmy's voice when reading it.

    6. Excellent observation, Brian. Maybe because it was Epiphany?

    7. Mark Shea weighs in (apologies) at the Register: Agreeing where we Agree. The video apparently reminds him of Paul's address at the Areopagus, which he quotes at length. This is the core of his argument:

      The Church surveys the various religious and philosophical traditions of the world, as well as the various forms of Christianity beyond the Catholic communion and asks first not, "Where are they wrong?" but "Where are they right?" This is not a pollyanna question which denies our differences. It's a Thomistic approach which insists that grace builds on nature and seeks to find whatever chunks of natural goodness that can be found in other religious and philosophical traditions out there, just as Paul did.

      But it wouldn't be a Mark Shea article without some good old-fashioned well-poisoning. He first compares the pope's critics with the Apostles who forbade the man driving out demons in Jesus's name. Later, on his way to the Areopagus, he accuses them of wanting to "ream out" pagans. He throws in a CS Lewis quote criticizing Christians who believe that other religions are "wrong all through". :

      Some Catholics...think that "dialogue" is a weak tea word for evading our responsibility to evangelize. But when pressed on this, it often appears that "evangelism" means, for such folk, grabbing people by the lapels and demanding they turn or burn.

      In other words, if you're troubled by the video, you're probably an exorcist-forbidding, pagan-reaming, lapel-grabbing Dr. No shrieking at people to turn or burn.

      On the video itself, Shea writes:

      What he is obviously[!!!] doing is saying they share in our common humanity and in the natural law, just as Paul said to the Athenians as he sought to affirm what could be affirmed in common with non-Christians. He is pointing out that the Spirit blows where he wills as Jesus pointed out to John when he tried to stop somebody from doing the will of Jesus because he didn't have the right Club Membership card. He is calling all to work for the common good.

      Shea's final point is to argue that when the non-Christians in the video say I believe in love, they are actually saying, I believe in Christ, who is Love, even though they don't know it, and that if they "pursue love to the end, they will find him".

      All up, it's about as strong a defense as you're likely to find. Mark's rosy spectacles have been affixed with Gorilla Glue, and you'll never pry 'em off this side of the grave, but he makes a valiant effort. Let's see if Jimmy can top this!

      Of course, we have to ignore the fact that Paul forthrightly called the Athenians to repentance and faith in Christ, even as he acknowledged the common ground they shared--as, more subtly, did Pope St. Gregory VII, also quoted by Shea. And of course Catholics acknowledge the strains of truth to be found in other religions. Who ever thought otherwise?

      But none of this is to be found in the video. You have to read it in, and Shea gives away the game with his use of obviously, because if it was that obvious, he wouldn't need to spend almost 2,400 words explaining it to us.

      The whole thing--the soft-focus slickness of the imagery, the sequence of shots (first Buddhist-Mohammedan-Christian-Jew, then Buddhist-Jew-Christian-Mohammedan, then Buddhist-Jew-Mohammedan-Christian, and finally Buddhist-Jew-Christian-Mohammedan), the identical statements--all of this is obviously, and in the clearest possible terms identifying Christianity as merely one equal religion among many, with no greater claim to the fullness of the truth. There's no call to repentance or faith in Christ, no hint that anyone involved should do anything other than stay comfortably where they are and mouth anodyne sentiments about "love".

    8. And yet again we see out-of-context use of St Paul and the "Unknown God" serving as the standard issue weapon by a modernist to repel an assault against godless ecumenism...

    9. Well, you did the Bear's work for him, Murray, because he was about to make the same points. And Paul minces no words in calling them out on their idolatry, the chief feature of their religion. But let's go directly to the text, shall we woodland creatures?

      "Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead." (Acts 17:30-31 RSV)

      BTW, Pauls famous speech at the areopagus had mixed results, at best.

      The Bear parodies other people. Mark Shea parodies himself. Thanks for checking out the apologists for the elderly gentleman from Argentina who is so lamentably confused on these issues. It occurs to the Bear that these matters do form part of the ordinary magisterium of the Church, and, ordinarily, we shouldn't be ridiculing them. Is there a silent consensus that either the Holy Spirit is not informing the elderly gentleman from Argentina's judgment, or, in the alternative, that His Holiness is simply ignoring the promptings of the Spirit? Now Shea would say, Pope Francis IS being led by the Spirit. All of these brave initiatives are from God, who has apparently lost interest in Christianity, and is really into Buddhism these days.

    10. "I believe in Love" ("all we need is love" -- The Beatles) strikes the Bear as odd. Maybe Huey Lewis, "the power of love." But all of these feel similarly incomplete, in a way that is a bit slippery. (And that they're really saying they believe in Christ is just embarrassing.)

      Love requires an object. You love someone. "I believe in Love," is incomplete, but sounds good. It makes everyone sound like they're on the same page while ignoring the realities.

      Since when did the Pope's intentions for the month need a slick video? There is another point. Pope Francis is cynically using a routine exercise of his office of shepherd to push an agenda. That's not what the intentions are for. The Bear guarantees the before the year is out, we will see an intention on global warming with pictures of polar bears stuck on ice. (They swam out to there, don't you think they can swim back, stupid humans?)

      The technique of having people of different races, ages and sexes videoed saying the same phrase with great sincerity is not uncommon in political ads. This was very effective agitprop. Highly manipulative. Another example of how we have so little resources with which to compete. It would be so easy for the false prophet and the antichrist to take over.

      And his creed will be simple. "I believe in love."

    11. I was going to say something about that, too, but I ran over the character limit with that monster above.

      What, precisely, does I believe in love mean? What does it mean to a Mahommedan? To a Buddhist? To a post-Temple Jew? Catholics have a good answer: Willing the good of the other as other. As you say, love requires an object. It's not the Force, nor is it a gentle miasma that settles upon you and suffuses everything with a pleasant glow. If someone told me they believed in the Force or in kindness, I'd at least have a relatively coherent idea of what they meant. But I believe in love, simpliciter? It's babytalk.

      You're right about the video, too. One of the more troubling aspects of this episode is that this isn't just another off-the-cuff remark or papal homily; nope, this time we have official communications departments of the Vatican cooperating in producing a slick, YouTube-ready advertisement for religious indifferentism. Mark Shea can read his own meaning into it to his heart's content, but millions of viewers familiar with this modern genre of rapid cuts between earnest talking heads will understand exactly what message is being conveyed.

    12. You should start an ephemeris, Murry. You're smart, succinct and a sharp writer.

    13. I ran across a quotation I really like from Archbishop Chaput: Truth without love is bitter and can drive the wounded away; and “love” without truth isn’t love at all, but a comfortable form of lying. 

  14. Hey Bear, thanks for throwing me off the cliff...or leaving the gate open so the chickens can't help but escape - my figures of speech for geeze louise, there's no going back now. I thank you for this true act of mercy for pollyannas like me who kept trying to give benefit of doubt.

    1. And, because I am admittedly wishy/washy, I'll keep trying to regurgitate it... This priest keeps me changing my mind: Like you, he ain't no dope.

  15. Your finest and most astute work of analysis, perhaps in your whole life Bear. You should keep this post at the top of your Ephemeris for a long many people as possible need to see it; and understand it.

    May God bless us and aid His Remnant....we are living out 'The Lord of the World', and francis decidedly AIN'T the good pope leading the tatters of his decimated flock in a Tantum Ergo before the Blessed Sacrament as the 'Big Dance' commences.

    Really, really well done.

    1. Good to see you, Susan. You've been sorely missed.

  16. Very good essay Bear. We, who believe as you do, are the outsiders--outside-insiders, if you will. However, most of the folks in the pews (inside-outsiders) are going love this kind of stuff from Pope Francis who they see as reaching out to other religions. He is a great man of peace. Surely, he will be given the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. He is already being considered Christlike. His actions will only confirm it.

    And us? What about us? We are considered an insignificant minority whose hearts have hardened due to rigid orthodoxy. We are to be cast out and ignored. We are the Church of the past, so very yesterday.

    Based on all of this, I think we should pray for divine intervention so that not all souls will be lost when Christ comes again, which could be sooner than you think.

    1. Not too early to start preparing for him to be made a saint within a week of his death. Not that the Bear is suggesting anything.

      The average pewsitter isn't helped by the Church, this is true. On the other hand, if they're content to doze through this crisis without picking up a Bible, studying the Catechism, getting on the internet and finding out why things don't seem right (admittedly perilous) the Bear fears they may be treated like the servant who buried the talent in the ground. I have (only) four cubs. The two who have remained Catholic are into Chesterton and know what a train wreck we're in. The other two just aren't interested. Twice a day I pray for all of them to come back to the Church.

      The sad truth is that it is no longer enough to be Catholic, following the Church and obeying the Pope. You'll probably go to Hell if that's all you do. You've got to be Catholic Plus. We're like those Special Forces the brass wouldn't rescue. We're cut off in enemy territory and the Church is practically useless to us.

    2. "The average pewsitter isn't helped by the
      Church, this is true."

      "The sad truth is that it is no longer enough to be Catholic, following the Church and obeying the Pope."

      Bear, think if Francis said these statements,
      the Church is not the problem, thats why we are defending her from those who would like to see her 6 feet under. Catholics are the problem, catholics who play with the Church teachings and discplines like a game no one loses. God bless.

    3. I stand by my comment. A fish rots from the head down, and by now, pewsitters cannot trust what their Pope tells them, what their bishops tell them, what their theologians tell them, or what their priests preach. If anyone follows everything today's Church is telling them, they will deny the ancient faith. The Church is in trouble, and it is institutional, not merely collective. One cannot credibly argue that a whole bunch of individual Catholics just happened to run off the rails at the same time.

    4. Too confusing for me bear to to participate here with going back and forth between good Church/ Bad Church. We believe in One Holy Catholic Church, that Church does exist and its completely trustworthy and every pewsitter is helped by her. Francis & Co. is my problem, which I will continue to address. We have many good shepherds to help us through this, they will not go down a false path.

    5. One more thought, dangerous to call (imply to)
      the Church by any other name then what she is , the one Holy Catholic Church, her ministers, her members do not form an institution but the Body of Christ. That's why attacks against her from within and without are so serious, the Lord is here. For a Catholic, I would use the term Church with the reverence we owe to our Church and not mix it with other meanings that will degrade that which we hold to be Holy.

    6. The facts are that our priests are unreliable confessors, preachers, and ministers, prelates seem not to believe, what was long settled is now being overturned, and our pope gives us snakes and scorpions instead of fish and eggs. We can use a circumlocution like, "hierarchical Church," but of course I'm not talking about the Church Militant, the Bride or Christ as it exists in the ideal. Perhaps "we get no help from clerics and must learn to sniff the salmon they offer very carefully" would do.

    7. Thank you for letting me share my feelings with you. The Church has a human problem, she is perfect without them. Negatives within the Church should be address to the proper party without dragging the name of the Church into the mix. Ex. "The hierarchial church sucks" Not good, "The hierarchy sucks" A+ for not invovling the name of the Church. Of course, if its not true, that would be another lesson.

      "our pope gives us snakes and scorpions instead of fish and eggs. " Bear proof statement/ no purgatory on this one.

      I'm really sensitive to the word Church so if I don't last in bear territory, I do appreciate you posting my concern, thank you.

    8. Quite correct concerning the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church debbiecs. The Bride of Christ is perfect, without blemish, stain, or wrinkle; indefectible, infallible and cannot teach doctrine harmful to the salvation of souls. Don't confuse the Catholic Church with the novus ordo church, which is not Catholic.

    9. And this is why the Bear moderates posts. You get people talking about the "Novus Ordo Church," and writing off 99% of Catholics as lazy and deluded cultists, and the next think you know all the Bear's readers are trekking to Most Holy Family Monastery to join the Dimond Brothers. The Church is the Church and that's just the way it's going to be around here,

    10. The Church didn't crash and burn, that's why its all or nothing now for the gates of hell to succeed. The fools despise scripture to their downfall with the Church prevailing to the Glory of God. Our Church has never left us defeated or without shepherds, Satan would be singing his Novus ordo victory song day after day and be quite content except the Church whether well dressed or in peasant clothes still is the Mother he fears that leads the children home.

    11. Just deleted another post from someone directing people to a schismatic group. Nope. That's against the rules. This is a blog about the plain old Roman Catholic Church, and the rule is anything promoting something other than that will not see the light of day. There are hundreds of ephemera where you can post that stuff. Not here.

  17. "I believe in...the living Son of God, Jesus Christ, God the Father and the God the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity"


    "We would sign the Credo with our own blood." (You/Tube - Pater Franz Schmidberger, 18. Sept. 2012)

    Many a Convent
    Where good sisters pray
    Because of vocations
    The True Mass each day

    Many a school
    Which we pay for in tears
    But a Catholic culture
    Allays all our fears

    Retreats, Seminaries
    For souls to discern
    To hear Jesus call
    "Come, it's your turn."

    And then there's those prelates
    Who stop and deter
    Yet worse our own kind
    Who ignore and defer

    Preserving not
    The Whole Truth inherited
    Believing the liars
    Who assert “they've not merited”

    As souls still drown
    In their waterless flood
    I stick with the Credo
    Signed in Priests' blood!

    1. You are a fine addition to this Blog. I have begun to look forward to your latest.

      I hope a complement does not mess with your Muse. But that's some really fine stuff you write.

  18. It is a tragedy that we as Catholics must waste so much time fighting our own leadership as they either aggressively attempt to dismantle the truth or simply remain silent while others do so.

    Our priest has given us guidance that is worthy of repeating. He has informed us that the best way to hold firm during these terrible days is to study the doctrines and dogma of the faith and Scriptures. The best wasy not to be deceived is to be informed!

    And I am reminded:

    For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:14-19

    “Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what communion has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has a temple of God with idols? For we are a temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

    And, I shudder when I am reminded of this:

    “O full of all guile and all villany, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?” (Acts 13:10).

    1. God knows his own. Pope Francis dragging the abomination of desolation into the Church is on him. So far they have not invented a way to suck all the sound teaching out of our brains or goodness from our souls. We'll all do the best we can, and God will take into account the circumstances of our age.

    2. I really don't see where we can 'fight the leadership'. Ignore, Yes. We must be as active as we can with the undergirding of intense prayer and adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, daily rosary, daily Mass if possible and regular confession. It is up to us to live the intense Catholic life! We can only truly fight this evil with good and with God. All is in His hand. We have a bad pope so far who is doing untold damage but perhaps he will repent? Miracles happen after all. He is 79 and is mortal. The next pope had better be a saint! Which means he will be hated and likely martyred. This pope could be martyred too because no amount of 'dialogue' with islam is going to stop them from hating you and wanting you dead. I pray for the pope's conversion and in the meantime, I shudder to read of the men he is choosing and appointing. I cry out to the Lord on behalf of His flock which has need of a true shepherd on earth.

    3. I am not fighting the leadership. Obviously, I have no way of impacting what a monarchical Church or it's monarch does. You never know what an ephemeris can accomplish, though. Maybe it saves somebody from following the Pope into rank error.

  19. There is a scene from the early part of the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy's mother is overwhelmed with contempt and loathing for the woman who will become the Wicked Witch of the West later. She is dying to tell her where to go, but "being a good Christian woman," she just can't.

    I suppose we should aspire to her heroic restraint, but I'm failing at it every day with this guy.

    1. Maybe it wasn't necessary because the whole town already knew Elvira Gulch was wicked.

    2. Here's a minor point. It wasn't her mother. It was Auntie Em. But she raised Dorothy and took care of her, so she was her mother.

  20. The judeo-masonic army advances. We reap the fruits of Vatican II. For those who can remember, some old fashioned Catholic magisterium:

    “Let them innovate in nothing, but keep the traditions.” - Pope St. Stephen I.

    “Let nothing novel be introduced!” - Pope Pius XII.

    “The preaching of the faith has lost nothing of its relevance in our times. The Church has a sacred duty to proclaim it without any whittling-down, just as Christ revealed it, and no consideration of time or circumstance can lessen the strictness of this obligation.” - Pope Pius XII.

    “I have neither permitted, nor shall I permit, the things which have been settled by the holy fathers to be violated by any innovation.” - Pope St. Leo the Great.

    “Let nothing new be introduced, but only what has been handed down.” - Pope Benedict XV.

    “Let whoever attempts to disseminate anything other than what we have received be anathema.” - Pope St. Simplicius.

    “Nothing new is allowed, for nothing can be added to the old. Look for the faith of the elders, and do not let our faith be disturbed by a mixture of new doctrines.” - Pope St. Sixtus III.

    “Nothing can ever pass away from the words of Christ, nor can anything be changed in the doctrine which the Catholic Church received from Christ to guard, protect, and preach.” - Ven. Pope Pius IX.

    “From the time the Christian religion began to be spread, she has held unchangeable and taught uncorrupted throughout the world the doctrines which she has received once and for all from her patron and founder, Saint Peter.” - Pope St. Nicholas I.

    “The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium.” - Satis Cognitum 9, Pope Leo XIII.

    “Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected…” - Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 1914. Pope Benedict XV.

    “There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole cycle of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition.” - Pope Leo XIII Satis Cognitum.

    1. Oh, but no doctrines are being changed. The Church is just tweaking its pastoral practices to address the felt needs of today's Catholics.

  21. Bear. This will no doubt read as issuing from a particular obsession of ABS - it is not- but this is perfectly in line with the Catechism teaching that Jesus sinned; sinned by giving scandal directly and even indirectly.

    So, the question ABS has is this - If you can slough off what has been in the catechism for nearly a quarter of a century, do you think others will be awakened to the crisis by this video?

    It is a serious question and, no, ABS does not want to get back into the matter of the Catechism, but, rather, to try and understand why you think this ecumenical disaster is worse than the teaching of the Catechism for what Catechism teaches is infinitely worse.

    Is it because Pope Saint John Paul II was the Pope who promulgated the catechism or is it for some other reason?

    ABS wants to take care to be understood that this is a serious inquiry and not a manipulative way to re-introuce an already covered topic.

    Is it merely that this video, for you personally, was the moment when the crisis had reached a point of it being impossible to tolerate?

    In any event, you are right in what you write about this video for it is additional matter useful to substantiate the observation of ABS* that Ecumenism is the Universal Solvent of Tradition.

    * Yeah, self-quoting is the new humility :)

    Pax tecum, Bear

    1. Where in the Catechism does it say Jesus sinned? I scanned through it briefly yesterday and found nothing that would suggest that. "Scandal" can have diverse meanings in this context: bad shepherds are a scandal to the faithful, which is sinful, but Christ's Cross was a "scandal" to many who would not believe. In no way is that a sin.

    2. Yes, you are correct. It was read as a particular obsession of ABS. But that's okay. Everybody has their quirks. The Bear's Yorkie recently turned into a gila monster, but not since he started taking an antipsychotic. Not that the Bear thinks you're psychotic. But the Bear does think we've all heard enough about how the Catechism says Jesus committed sin. It doesn't. By every principle of construction (the Bear used to interpret difficult writings for a living) his professional opinion is that you are wrong. That opinion is based solely on the text. Now perhaps it would do you some good to try to figure out what's behind your idiosyncratic idee fixe that the Catechism is the greatest problem facing the Church today. The Bear's not going to moderate you, but he is going to ignore you on this topic.

  22. The whole thing is repulsive, but anybody else especially bothered by the fact that while a baby COULD be used to represent the Christian faith, the Pope chose a cheap-looking dimestore Cupie Doll? Or am I being too harsh? To me the closing scene looks like it was taken from a Saturday Night Live episode that after airing would prompt a few Bishops to to voice offense. But alas, it seems we are devoid of Bishops at this juncture.

    It's almost as if there is a concerted and not-so-subtle effort to denigrate the faith going on here.

    One thing this video did for me was to get me to do a study on "indifferentism" in Denzinger. The Bible, the Rosary and Denzinger are my three essential weapons helping me stay put in the Catholic Church during this sad time. You might call them the nails that are staking my feet down to the floor in front of my pew, to borrow a metaphor from a certain someone...


    1. Serious answer. Muslims do not believe Jesus was crucified. Therefore, a cross, let alone a crucifix would have been offensive to Muslims. Outside of a Dashboard Jesus, the only thing left was cheap baby Jesus that looks like you won in the crane machine at Shoney's.

    2. Guys, I agree the bambino is disconcerting and wrong here, but the quality looks good, Italianate, in fact. No way is it Kewpie doll quality.

    3. Having studied Islam, yes, this makes sense. This is thus a form of denial of the doctrines of our faith, which, of course, is a more or less essential component of modern ecumenism.

      What's a little incense offered to Caesar, anyhow? I mean, it's just a little and after all, it smells good...

    4. Exactly. Even the crucifix has to be done away with to avoid offending the muslims. What kind of men do we have running the Church? What kind of men are you? Yes I'm talking to you bishops and Cardinals.

    5. Sandpiper, on a lighter note, I remember being somewhere in Napoli (train station?) and seeing incredibly large and elaborate nativity scenes around Christmas. (Napoli sounds like a cool place to visit, but it's mostly a dump. Or maybe, as a good sailor, I was just seeking out the dumpy sections.)

      Funny story about Napoli. One night I got on a bus with the intention of getting back to base. The Bear went from stop to stop as the hour grew later, until he was the only one left on the bus. The bus came to a stop, the driver got out without a word, and there the Bear sat. Then he noticed a lot of other busses parked around him.

      Yes, the driver had finished his shift, parked his bus and left without saying a word to the clearly lost passenger. Poor Bear had to pick a random direction and start walking. To find the city, let alone his base.

    6. "Poor Bear had to pick a random direction and start walking. To find the city, let alone his base."

      Prior service Navy, right?

    7. Yes, JAG. I have written about other adventures at length elsewhere.

  23. Fixated, obsessive ABS! Physician, heal thyself! Jesus scandalised the wrong-headed Pharisees. It's that simple. Another way of saying the Pharisees took umbrage against Truth. Who interprets that to mean Jesus sinned? Just let go, ABS!

  24. 2287 Anyone who uses the power at his disposal in such a way that it leads others to do wrong becomes guilty of scandal and responsible for the evil that he has directly or indirectly encouraged

    The Bear and ABS had an exchange in which the bear (without using the precise adjectives active and passive as modifiers of scandal) observed that Jesus' scandal was not a scandal because it was a passive scandal but, the Catechism quite clearly terraces that even indirect scandal is sinful

    It is sad to observe intelligent men (synecdoche) repeatedly denying what is right before their faces.

    That aside, ABS has many varied interests in which he is engaged and so that obviates accusations of idee fixe or an obsession and ABS has never written that the execrable entries in the catechism are the worst problems in the church but he fears a traumatic brain injury if he continues to bash his head against this, apparently, impregnable wall of denial.

    Thanks for the response, Bear, much appreciated

  25. As bad as is this video and craven fawning over those who deny Our Lord, Bergoglio's overt hiding of his crucifix in the folds of his garments when lunching with Jews awhile back should have served as a harbinger of much more to come.

    1. I wrote a piece on that, and eventually discovered that it is a common practice of his, and other clerics. I don't know if they're afraid of putting someone's eyes out with a swinging pectoral, or if it does have some other meaning.

  26. Mr Bear you are to be commended for taking the time to answer many of our comments with such patience and perspicacity. You are indeed a good man. May God Bless you, your family and your work.

  27. Another quote on Love. "Love is the law, love under will." Satanist Aleister Crowley.

  28. The first time I saw Spartacus I didn't understand the snails and oysters scene. The second time I saw it I was an adult and couldn't help saying to the TV, "Run Antoninus."

    1. A testament to how careful movie makers had to be in that day, but also how you can get a point across without being gross. I always laugh when Sir Laurence looks around and Antoninus is nowhere to be found. I aways wonder why he didn't here the sound effect that cartoon characters make when they're running away. ("out here").


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