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Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, Again

The Pope's position on the zika virus and contraception seems to be "extreme circumstances call for extreme measures." You can go to 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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  1. See LifeSite:

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-vatican-affirms-pope-was-speaking-about-contraceptives-for-zika

    Fr. Lombardi has confirmed that Francis believes it's okay to use artificial contraception (i.e. an evil condemned as "intrinsically vicious" by Casti Connubii) in order to prevent the conception of children with undesirable birth defects.

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    1. So all the theology and the fact that birth control pills are also abortifacients mean nothing anymore? We know that many priests, even at least one cardinal, have never spoken about contraception anyway. Is nothing firm and true anymore? Is everything up for grabs? Is God no longer offended? Does the Church stand for anything anymore? Or is it a NGO? Does the Church care for the salvation of souls or just about climate 'change' and the things of this passing world?

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  2. That is no surprise. The question is, does it change Church teachings? (It is a given that it is not a good thing.)

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  3. Absolutely not, but hopefully it will signal the end of the Pope-can-do-no-wrong cottage industry that seemingly exists only to square Franciscan circles. Or at least attempt to. For the Humanae Vitae-loving EWTN-watching, JPII-devoted neo-Catholics, this really should be a bridge chip far.

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  4. My goodness, the Bear would have thought we had crossed that line a long time ago. Actually, though, he seldom reads blogs. He tries to avoid the echo-chamber effect. (Not that there are not many fine ephemera out there.)

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  5. Nah, it's a feature, not a bug. To wit, the pope is fully aware of the limitations of his office, and throws these firecrackers out there in order to effect, de facto, the changes he wishes to impose upon the Church.

    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.

    He is having the time of his life. Remember the video of his conversation with the anti-fracking activists? Like many elderly gentlemen, he can't wait for someone to ask his opinion on something. Anything.

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    1. Murray, I agree with your comment. He seems to absolutely love the spotlight, and we can't forget he himself said "It's fun to be pope!".
      Among other things, I can't believe we are saying that a pope endorsing contraception is no big deal. Then again, I read that Lourdes welcomed homosexual couples over Valentine's Day, so I guess nothing should surprise us anymore. This papacy was disturbing, but the shock of seeing most of our fellow Catholics yawn and shrug, our silent Bishops, and even trusted Catholic media sign on or clam up, has made it far worse. EWTN ran a social justice prayer the other day.
      All that humility talk was just that, talk. I don't think he's senile, stupid, or innocent.

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    2. EWTN (and by extension the NCRegister) has been taken over by the neoCatholic cabal, don't expect them to be critical of this pope. Their motto: Francis is Peter, he can do no wrong. Most of these folks are either converts who have been poorly catechized, and/or establishment Catholics trying to make their living off of the faith.. Mother Angelica would be ashamed at what has happened to her TV station.

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    3. It is disappointing. EWTN was once our "traditionalist barometer". We trusted it because we knew we could. I admit, it's sad for us to see it go progressive, and, we're down to 1 tv station, more or less.

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  6. Just in case you had any doubts:https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-vatican-affirms-pope-was-speaking-about-contraceptives-for-zika

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    1. Given context, the Bear would be surprised if anyone attempted to argue otherwise. Jorge Bergoglio was clearly talking about contraception. The Bear wonders if the elderly gentleman from Argentina had a talking point prepared, or was just making it up as went along. Perhaps he believes he is constantly inspired by the Holy Spirit. Maybe he just misunderstands his role.

      Another more charitable idea occurred to the Bear. We know he reads next to nothing, didn't even know what a blog was until recently, and doesn't watch television. Perhaps he is unaware of the pollution he is causing downstream because he's the Boy in the Bubble. Fr. Lombardi will clean things up if he once again puts the "lio" in "Bergoglio."

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    2. I did see comments on blogs and on my FB groups that tried to wave away concerns over the Pope's words. Mostly, they kept pointing out that he didn't specify that he was endorsing *artificial* birth control, therefore he could have been referring to NFP.

      Well, the press release puts an end to that grasping at straws, doesn't it?

      He's now contradicted two encyclicals, and the Church's long-standing teaching that birth control is intrinsically evil, and it really doesn't matter that it wasn't in an authoritative document, or spoken ex-cathedra. The practical effects of this will be the same as if he had.

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    3. @Hatchetwoman: Only God knows whether he was actually praying. To me, from his facial expressions, it didn't seem so.

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  7. Just in case you had any doubts:https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-vatican-affirms-pope-was-speaking-about-contraceptives-for-zika

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  8. This should notch him a few more celeb endorsements, maybe a nike deal.

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  9. We can now build that wall with his blessings, it we make it out of latex...

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  10. "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."

    Hey, Mr. Bear. The first two don't mean a thing. By failing Wisdom he fails everything and everybody. Unfortunately, praying for health and safety means he is alive another day to wreck havoc on the Church. Sometimes we have to be careful what we pray for. I want to see Pope Francis wise and alive or gone.

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    1. When he was before the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I prayed to her along with him. My prayer: Please, Blessed Mother, please enlighten him with regard and true understanding of the Church's teachings. Keep him from his humanistic/marxist/whatever they are tendencies.

      Sigh.

      It occurs to me that he visited Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn, and then a few days later endorsed abortifacient contraceptives. God have mercy on us -- and him!

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    2. Pray for his safety. We don't need a martyr.

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    3. How are we going to handle St. Pope Francis? And yet, that will be an infallible proclamation.

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    4. So should be pray for his quick death?

      Anyway, the Bear's prayers don't get answered, so no worries.

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    5. I think we should pray for his conversion. I noticed several months ago at Mass that we no longer just pray for Pope Francis during the Prayer of the Faithful; it became a variation of "For the leaders of the Church, that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit." This covers the rogue, liberal bishops and the Pope without looking like criticism. Of course I may be reading more into it than is actually there, but I can't help wondering if this is our parish's way of praying for conversion for the Pope and the bishops without actually saying so.

      At any rate, I think praying for his conversion is more in keeping with the virtue of charity than is praying for his death; unless of course we ask for a holy death for him.

      I'm at a loss of what I can do in a practical way. I've already not renewed my pastoral associate membership at my parish; I'm thinking about writing to the Archbishop asking him to emphasize the correct teaching regarding artificial contraception as well as publicly debunk the nuns-in-the-Congo story using all media sources. I doubt he'll do it, but maybe. And I still have our substantial weekly offering to use as leverage. I know it sounds very cynical, but if the German bishops carry so much clout because of the German Church Tax, then our weekly offering may count for something.

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  11. I'll stick with red meat: http://www.barnhardt.biz/2016/02/19/why-the-endless-scandal-caused-by-our-lord-and-savior-bergoglio-matters-and-he-needs-to-be-deposed-asap/

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    1. Quite the profane rant, no? Just not the Bear's style, or taste.

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    2. I don't care for the profanity either, though I do sympathize with her. I have my own imprudent and intemperate primal screams about Pope Francis and the ongoing confusion sometimes. For the sake of sanity, I need at least to find reading that is not afraid to be blunt and clear. The constant parsing and tiptoeing around out of "charity" I find to be inconsistent with my own efforts to be charitable.

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  12. You know, Bear, Pope Bergolio's destructive attacks on, and misrepresentations of, the Catholic Faith by way of his deceptive preaching of faux 'mercy' always has me recalling 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11:

    "He will come, when he comes, with all Satan’s influence to aid him; there will be no lack of power, of counterfeit signs and wonders; and his wickedness will deceive the souls that are doomed, to punish them for refusing that fellowship in the truth which would have saved them.

    That is why God is letting loose among them a deceiving influence, so that they give credit to falsehood; he will single out for judgement all those who refused credence to the truth, and took their pleasure in wrong-doing."

    He may not be the False Prophet of which Holy Scripture speaks, but he is an antichrist.

    On December 26, 1957 Father Augustin Fuentes, who was preparing to become the postulator of the causes for beatification of Francisco and Jacinta Marto, met with Sister Lucy at her convent in Coimbra, Portugal.

    Here is (in part) what Sister Lucia told Father Fuentes:

    "Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that offends God the most, and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way the devil will succeed in leaving the souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them."

    What better coup for Satan than to have a heretical loquacious, media-obsessed Pope in his pocket to assure the damnation of a great number of souls?

    Here is the link to the full article in The Fatima Crusader:

    http://www.fatima.org/essentials/opposed/frfuentes.asp

    My belief, nay my conviction, Bear, is that we are far into the night.

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    1. Did you read about Sister Lucia's letter to Cardinal Carlo Caffara? In the 90s, Pope John Paul II established the Pontifical Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family, and appointed Cardinal Caffara to be its head. The Cardinal wrote a letter to Sister Lucia, telling her of his appointment and asking for her prayers. To his surprise, she responded with a letter of his own (he wasn't expecting a response, since he had only asked her to pray for him and the Institute). In the letter, which the Cardinal states in in the Institute's archives, Sister Lucia said:

      "The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. However, Our Lady has already crushed its head."

      So here we are.

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    2. By the way, Bear, the Church has declared both Jacinta Marto and her brother, Francisco, as 'Blessed' and today, i.e. 20 February, their Feast Day is celebrated in Portugal.

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    3. @Hatchetwoman,

      Yes. I had read that. Here we are indeed, but where is 'here' I wonder?

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  13. You ever notice how he never raises his right hand and makes the sign of the cross over people like all popes of the past? it positively creeps me out. That's what popes do. Act like a pope for once you third world buffoon.

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  14. I have no doubt that the "deceiving influence" has already been let loose, and that Pope Francis is currently its chief agent.

    I have wondered if the counterfeit signs and wonders will be apparently miraculous, or something more suited to our age.

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    1. Can you in your wildest imaginings, Bear, picture Francis appearing for the Angelus before all assembled at St. Peter's Square, in full view of the cameras, and leading the crowd in the recitation of the Nicene Creed?

      I think I know the answer to that one.

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    2. Just to be fair though, if your elderly parent began to exhibit the erratic behaviours we have had from Francis, would you not suspect an underlying illness impairing his thought process? My guess would be dementia. Perhaps, dementia praecox, but I am not privy to his earlier medical issues and any findings.

      If he is ill, there are certainly those who are best served by propping him up so they can make the best of a manifestly evil agenda.

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    3. It occurred to me the other day, that there have been no apparitions by Our Lady, anywhere in the world, as far as I know. I'm not talking about seeing Jesus in the toast, but a serious apparition. Has Our Lady given us the last of our warnings? Many listened, but many do not.

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    4. Our Lady has give us every warning we need. Why should she keep preaching if nobody is going to listen to her? What warning have we lacked?

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    5. Well, Kathleen and Bear, the answer might just be to continue with the December 26, 1957 interview of Sister Lucia by Father Augustin Fuentes:

      "Father, the Most Holy Virgin did not tell me that we are in the last times of the world, but She made me understand this for three reasons.

      The first reason is because She told me that the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin. And a decisive battle is the final battle where one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat. Also, from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility.

      The second reason is because She said to my cousins as well as to myself, that God is giving two last remedies to the world. These are the Holy Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These are the last two remedies which signify that there will be no others.

      The third reason is because in the plans of Divine Providence, God always, before He is about to chastise the world, exhausts all other remedies. Now, when He sees that the world pays no attention whatsoever, then as we say in our imperfect manner of speaking, He offers us with ‘certain fear’ the last means of salvation, His Most Holy Mother. It is with ‘certain fear’ because if you despise and repulse this ultimate means, we will not have any more forgiveness from Heaven, because we will have committed a sin which the Gospel calls the sin against the Holy Ghost. This sin consists of openly rejecting, with full knowledge and consent, the salvation which He offers. Let us remember that Jesus Christ is a very good Son and that He does not permit that we offend and despise His Most Holy Mother.

      We have recorded through many centuries of Church history the obvious testimony which demonstrates by the terrible chastisements which have befallen those who have attacked the honor of His Most Holy Mother, how Our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honor of His Mother."

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  15. This absolutely confounds me. So if a woman is in danger of rape she can use contraception? In other words, she carries a condom in her purse and, if some ISIS ne'er do well grabs her, she says, "Oh dear, it appears you wish to rape me." Then she digs in her purse and hands him a condom. "Slip this on please before we start."
    Do these cleric understand anything about biology? The pre-emptive contraception he's taking about is the pill or the patch. All forms of birth control other than the barrier method rely upon abortifacients.
    This a big, BIG deal despite what Fr. Z says.

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    1. It's a big deal. Consider the headline and subhead in the WSJ this morning for an article by Francis X. Rocca,

      Pope Urges More Reliance on Individual Conscience

      Zika-related exception to contraception ban has implications for other sexual, medical issues

      It sure does. While Rocca explores the implications in a very fair and accurate manner that is even sympathetic to conservative fears, the person who wrote the headline has a particular direction in mind for the Church to go; the same direction that Cupich wants it to go.

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    2. Within a year or two, Jorge Bergoglio's plans will be dust in the wind. He sees the advantages of planting error via the media, but he fails to see that nothing is going to stick without him doing it the correct way. I see the Devil being smart, and the Holy Spirit being smarter.

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    3. For what does it profit a man, ...

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  16. I hardly ever watch the pope, because I'm trying not to. I do not recall him blessing the people as popes used to. This is a nightmare of a papacy, but the problem is far bigger than even a terrible pope. I believe our remnant is far tinier than we may imagine. I wonder if our Church is almost altogether gone, since it appears most Cardinals agree with this pope.

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    1. I think alot of the cardinals would like to pounce on him if they could but might be waiting for the opportune time, especially with the synod report coming out. I always appreciate hearing those voices that clarify Church doctrine, priest especially can do this at Sunday mass which I have heard after a planetrip by Francis.

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    2. I would hope the CDF will clarify and correct this distorted view of doctrine, Francis needs a smack down on heresy.

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    3. It would certainly help, and give some fortification that is badly needed. You are probably correct, maybe they are waiting for the synod report.
      ugh. The synod report.

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    4. "I think alot of the cardinals would like to pounce on him if they could but might be waiting for the opportune time..."

      Do you mean the Cardinals who voted for him and essentially promote him with positive references to him?

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    5. Perhaps. We have some good cardinals as well as lay people who will not jump off the cliff with Francis yelling, "shortcut"!

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  17. "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."


    We're seeing the pope of Jorge's dreams, the church of Jorge's dreams, the God of Jorge's dreams, the world of Jorge's dreams, one man's dream is another man's nightmare when not shared. The Church and Jorge are about as close as a bear and wolve going to sleep in the same den, one will not sleep well.

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  18. I noticed someone mentioned that the Pope contradicted two encyclicals. That's because the first one was mostly written by Pope Benedict, and he just threw a few things in. I believe that now is the time of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Our Lady of Lasallette. There is an interesting website called end time news, where Ned Dougherty receives locutions and writes what he receives (he has received these since his near death experience). If you look back to his October and November 2015 locutions, this is what is said. Jesus and Mary say to continue to pray for the Pope, because he is badly misled and has bad advisors. Jesus said that he is in control of the church and not to overly concern ourselves with these things except in our prayers. He said that He will step in when it is necessary. Maybe some people don't believe in this, but it seems very pertinent to our times and believable to me at least....

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    1. No, I was referring to "Casti Connubi," promulgated by Pius XI and "Humanae Vitae," promulgated by Paul VI.

      I know that "Francis's" first encyclical was mostly written by Benedict ... except for the parts inserted by Francis, it was clear and sensible teaching.

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    2. It's simple why I pray for the Pope. He's the Pope and that's what Catholics do. Ultimately God will ring down the curtain on this sad episode the the long, long history of the Catholic Church. Who knows, perhaps the Cardinals will act with some basic common sense next time, and the Bergoglio faction will be discredited.

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  19. Lots of folks having "locutions" these days.

    Seattle kim

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    1. At the current time I can't see enough conniptions. They speak for me!

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  20. Have you ever met a healthy 20-year-old with a well-formed conscience? By which they can judge their own case? Neither have I.

    Doctrine is a gift from the old to the young.

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  21. Pope Francis is writing in dust. The wind will have blown away his queer notions the first day after he dies. How sad for him to realize that, but won't. He's starring in his own production and this agents keep the bad reviews from him. No one governs the faith by off-the-cuff comments in press releases, and on airplanes. (That's what Father Z means when he says they don't mean anything. They are not establishing anything. As I have said, that does not mean they are not harmful.)

    He is a third-world poseur with little knowledge about the world, who wouldn't get ten votes were another conclave to be held today. Whatever inflated opinion Pope Humblebumble has of himself, he's an embarrassment to the Church and a danger to the faith.

    When God's plans for him are finished, he will go the way of all flesh and be judged. "Creativity" won't count very much.

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  22. “Test Pilot Tex Johnson performed a barrel roll in a 707 in 1955.” Johnson also commented that “The Boeing 707 can survive anything, except a bad pilot.” Guess that make it inferior to the Church, which has survived bad Popes before.

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