The Bear has been going through the Lost Entries (from the very beginning of this ephemeris) and it is like opening a time capsule. It is shocking how much SCB has changed over the last three years. The reason is obvious. Pope Francis inflicts a new enormity upon the Church every week. Over time St. Corbinian's Bear was turned from a reflective, playful, ephemeris on Catholicism and life into a dark and sometimes angry chronicle of the Pope's relentless assault on the Catholic Faith.
The closest the Bear can come to expressing how he feels is to recall the Lord of the Rings. We Catholics are Hobbits, minding our own business in the Shire. Gradually we become aware that something has gone terribly wrong in the east. Eventually we are sucked into an epic confrontation with a malevolent force of great power.
Of course, this is Sauron. Or, as, we know him, Pope Francis.
Few people know that Sauron was originally not such a bad fellow in an earlier age. Read the following carefully.
As for Sauron's "fair motives", Tolkien emphasized that at this time he "was not indeed wholly evil, not unless all 'reformers' who want to hurry up with 'reconstruction' and 'reorganization' are wholly evil, even before pride and the lust to exert their will eat them up"Carpenter, Humphrey, ed. (1981) The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Boston, Houghton Mifflin p. 190.
Doesn't this describe the Holy Father to a tee?
Now he's brought the wrecking ball to St. Peter's to make room for his New Age Pan-Religious Love-Cult ashram. He's probably still not evil. His mind is like a balloon that isn't tied to anything, and floats here and there on suspect breezes, deciding this must be changed and that must go entirely. It is difficult imagining him functioning effectively as an assistant manager in a Fiat dealership, yet here he is in charge of the Catholic Church.
The Bear is always suspicious of people who are self-conscious of their image, especially for humility. Without fail, there beats the iron will that conceals the insecurity of the true megalomanic. Indeed, Pope Francis is a reformer possessed of his own, idiosyncratic vision that is not Catholic. It is not whole, or balanced. If he needs to bulldoze the Shire and all its features, well, the Hobbits get a Year of Mercy in return.
We feel as frightened and helpless as the Hobbits did. Actually, worse, because defeating him is not as simple as tossing a ring into Mt. Etna. The sad fact is, we are in a version of the story where there is nothing anyone can do about Sauron and his many minions. And there's no guarantee that the same cardinals will not do worse next time, encouraged by Pope Francis' success.
Is Pope Francis mentally sound? Intelligent? An infidel? A marxist from a failed Latin state? None of these questions matter. The only thing that matters is power. The Pope can pull the rug out from under Jesus and the twelve apostles any time he wants, and no earthly force can do anything about it. He is our Sauron, deforming the Church and harming the faithful. Leftist causes and rank indifferentism: that's the Bergogolio pontificate.
But improved views of the Catholic Church are especially apparent among self-identified liberals and moderates as well as among Democrats. Ideological liberals and moderates, along with Democrats, are especially likely to say Francis has given them a more positive view of the Catholic Church.Well of course he's popular with liberals. They know he's one of them, and cares what they care about, and isn't all that into religion.
Contrast this with the words of Our Lord.
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:18-19 RSV)Truly, we are all now test pilots for the concept of the indefectibility of the Church.
But Hobbits are survivors. We will be scandalized. We will bear the insults. We will be largely on our own. We will be a tiny minority of believers. We will hold on to our Catholic treasures, even if the Pope thinks they're trash. Despite their worst efforts, they cannot take the Catholic Church and the ancient faith away from us.
And we will examine what our pontiff gives us very carefully, because we do have a papa who gives us serpents and scorpions instead of fish and eggs.
|What is the only possible message this is sending?|
Things were so different three years ago when the Bear began this ephemeris. An innocence has been lost, and a trust destroyed with the election of an elderly gentleman from Argentina as Pope.