|"Radical Catholic Reactionary"|
First, the personage treated rather brusquely in the Bear's last post is without doubt the Pope, for whom the Bear offers sincere prayers at Lauds and Vespers, for his health, safety and wisdom.
Second, the Church of which Francis is the supreme pastor is without doubt the Roman Catholic Church. The Bear was amused to find himself described elsewhere as a "radical Catholic reactionary," which is the sort of thing Bears enjoy being called, especially if they are in good company. (Does that mean Catholics can become radicalized through this ephemeris?)
But let no one doubt that the Bear belongs to the plain ol' Roman Catholic Church, that needs no adjectives or qualifiers. And please, do not call it the "Novus Ordo Church." Like it or not, it's just the Church. The Bear enjoys the perspective of observing the Church for most of its existence and is quite certain on this matter.
Third, Catholics belong to the Catholic Church, not some "more correct" entity they may find. The Bear concedes that there are others who are speaking more clearly in our times, but Catholics belong in the Catholic Church. It's like a family. If you looked around for a better family, you might be able to find one. One that was richer, had sounder political views, possessed more attractive members, and was blessed with a paterfamilias who was a veritable sage. But no one changes families in that way. It would be absurd, if not impossible. So please, stand your ground with this stubborn old Bear, where we belong, in the Roman Catholic Church, brothers and sisters.
Sure, we've got problems. Maybe many of them will soon be resolved, maybe not, After all, if everything was clover honey there would be no need to nail your foot the floor in front of your favorite pew would there? That's to keep you from bolting from some very real problems. A Bear knows. Bears are not naive. In fact, whatever the opposite of naive is, that's what Bears are. We live to bite the faces off of troublemakers.
As an aside, the Bear did not intend to pick a fight with anybody in the last post. This is a tricky subject and there is another side to this. Some, more temperate, perhaps, ephemerists have emphasized the preservation of actual Church teachings and the non-magisterial nature of much of what comes out of the Vatican. This is legitimate. But the Bear thinks it is more important to emphasize the risk to his brothers and sisters in the Lord posed by a pattern of bad teaching from high places.
If there is one thing Scripture teaches us, it is that the way to victory is through fire and blood, and sometimes we seem forgotten by God. When Job asked why, God firmly put him in his place without giving him an answer. Jesus cried "why" from the cross. "Why" is the quintessential expression of the aching heart and exhausted intellect. It is perhaps. the most human of all expressions.
The Bear does not know why the Church is being tortured in our lifetimes, and he won't know this side of the grave. It's happening. It's a mystery. Keep faith. We are all in the invisible hands of our God, and Christ knows what the magnificent victory of His Church will be. The Bear has a hunch it will be a surprise. In this matter, perhaps it is the God of surprises Who will act. Pray. Love.