The old Latin phrase "in cauda venenum" came to mind when the Bear read the Pope's homily at the synod.
In his storied career as a trial lawyer, the Bear learned that he was the best lawyer in the world as a prosecutor. He had to adjust his expectations as a defense lawyer. He knew that nearly all defense pre-trial motions would be denied by the court. The Bear noticed something else. The judge would always praise his argument at first, and only at the end pivot and give his reasons for denying the motion.
This happened every time.
The Bear supposes that was a way of appearing to be fair, and making a record should it be appealed.
But in the end, it was always "in cauda venenum."
The Pope's statement started out being a powerful defense of marriage. Of course the Pope must have an assistant whose only job it is to make sure the words "migrants," "war," "consumerism" and "social and environmental pollution," and so forth g…
“Christmas is approaching: There will be lights, parties, lighted Christmas trees and manger scenes. … It’s all a charade.” - Pope Francis (Caution, barf alert.) You see, Francis hates Christmas because there's still war and stuff, and LGBT lives matter.
Unlike evil Donald Trump who is in favor of celebrating Christmas.
So, the Bear joins Francis the Merciful in urging all of you to drag those Christmas trees out, colored lights and all, and destroy them in some way that will not increase your carbon footprint. Rip the glittering strings from your eves, and give your kids' presents to refugees. Dump your manger scene in the nearest lake, and mail your Christmas meal to hungry fighters in ISIS controlled territory.
Sit in the dark on Christmas Eve, with ashes on your head and sackcloth on your body and lament. Oh, but don't forget that nice donation to the Church.
Because, for the first time in history, the world is not perfect. Francis has inexplicably failed to bring a…
A Time When the Bear Was Among Pope Francis' Chief Defenders
The Bear has written about Pope Francis a lot. So have many Catholic ephemerists.
At first, the Bear defended the Pope against all complaints. The Pope was "teaching," or had "a personality." The Bear was critical of the Pope's critics. This went on for a long time. The Bear doesn't regret that. At least he gave him a chance, studied him, before he was forced down another path.
Gradually, it became apparent that Pope Francis was more interested in stamping his own idiosyncratic beliefs and practices on the ancient faith, rather than upholding it. Furthermore, his behavior sometimes crossed the line from eccentric to bizarre.
Pope Francis' True Colors
His methods seemed very much at odds with his image as "Francis the Humble." His handling of the entire Synod on the Family and followthrough appeared to be underhanded. His "pastoral" approach does not help Catholics confo…