Mahound's Paradise to read more about it. The Hound is quite exercised.
At least Pope Francis gave a clear and adamant condemnation of abortion.
The Hound takes a bite out of Father Z, whom he believes has downplayed the issue.
Once again, we have the Pope of Rome changing perceptions of what the Church believes in casual remarks, without touching the substance of that teaching. The Bear must wonder if the flight deck has a tradition where they reduce cabin pressure to induce hypoxia whenever Pope Francis begins to speak.
Will "Pope Endorses Contraception During Zika Scare" be the headline, or were his convoluted ramblings enough to throw the press of the scent? UPDATE: See Edward Pentin's filing on the issue from National Catholic Register.
Test Pilot Tex Johnson performed a barrel roll in a 707 in 1955. (That's a large, four-engined airliner built by Boeing that inaugurated the jet age.) The Bear would love for the pilot to perform a similar stunt every time any Pope gets near a microphone. A couple of times and that would school everyone.
Pope Francis knows he is no good at these pressers. He has said so himself. So why does he do them? The Bear doesn't think there's anything malicious. He's just doing what he sees world leaders doing. He probably views them as an opportunity to advance Jorge Bergoglio's agenda, which he no doubt believes is what the Church's ought to be. As Father Z points out, he has chosen to travel to one of the most politically charged borders in the world, call the Republican front-runner "not a Christian" and then claim not to be political.
Sometimes the Bear thinks Jorge Bergoglio never wanted to be Pope. He just wanted to be Jorge Bergoglio with the power and prerogatives of a pope.
What he doesn't seem to learn is that they never end well. Or maybe how they end is just fine with him. He is certainly not adroit enough to condense nuanced Catholic teachings -- assuming he knows them -- into sound bytes. He doesn't understand that he could speak 29 minutes of good, Catholic sense, and 60 seconds of idiocy would get all the coverage.
The Bear thinks both the Hound and Fr. Z have points to make here. Fr. Z is correct in that the Pope can't resist putting the faithful into a tailspin, but there is no harm done to the doctrine. There are some things we, as Catholics just have to learn to shrug off during this pontificate. The Bear agrees all of his airplane comments are meaningless. After a fashion.
But that does not mean no harm is done. Where he agrees with the Hound (although he has not explicitly made this point) is that his comments change what people think the Church believes. This is a grave error, because, once upon a time, Christians looked to the pope as the source of authoritative teaching by the Church. What a fairytale that has turned out to be.
Jorge Bergoglio enjoys speaking as Jorge Bergoglio, which has always been an imperfect fit with the Roman Catholic Church. He should take a moment to look at the way he's dressed, put a check on his ego, and keep his papal butt in first class. Unfortunately, he seems to have a morbid fear that if someone doesn't see him or hear about what he thinks for longer than two minutes, he will cease to exist.
Every morning and evening the Bear prays for the health and safety of Pope Francis, and also that he be anointed with wisdom. Two out of three ain't bad.
Lots of content today, so the Bear encourages you to scroll down for new developments in Justice Antonin Scalia's death, and a "sweet" tale in the continuing series of the Bear's first Lent.
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