The Bear is pretty sure other third-tier ephemerists don't blog full-time, and well into the evening. Not that he's complaining, but sometimes The Bear feels he spends too much time here.
The Bear went to a traditional Latin Mass in a gorgeous old Baroque church, and woke up thinking maybe he would describe that, since it has been ages. He also has enough material to make another Amoris Laetitia article.
But if you read today's stories, it was a very busy day. Among other things, the Pope gave a sermon in which he said he felt bad for Judas, whom Pope Francis believes sincerely repented, a first among popes, the Bear is fairly sure. Instead of Mercy, all the man who betrayed Our Lord for 30 pieces of silver got were Rules, poor guy. The Bear wonders if he secretly thinks Judas is in Heaven.
Another in a long line of eccentric actions and utterances by the Oracle of Santa Marta.
The Bear has always tried to keep up on the big stories, while mixing some humor, farm news, and even fiction into this ephemeris.
From the Bear's perspective, things are literally so bad, he can only react to stories, not plan. He doesn't know if it is fatigue, or disgust, or too many cheap-vodka martinis, but this Bear has a sense that the wheels are coming off the West.
Pope Francis, for whatever reason, has shown himself to be dangerous. The Bear thinks Francis has always seen himself as a prophet, rather than a pope, or ordinary saint. Like a prophet, he's not content to tinker around the edges. He's cleaving the Church into two broken halves: a good Church of Mercy, and a shadow Church of Rules. It is almost as if he is incapable of realizing that the Church already had God's justice and God's mercy all figured out before Jorge Bergoglio arrived.
If he's a prophet, it is a false one. And a man who thinks he needs to single-handedly fix a 2000-year-old institution deserves a second look.
The Bear thinks we have become inured to the insanity, and we don't fully appreciate just how bad things are. If, when Jorge Bergoglio was elected, we had been handed a dossier containing everything from the subsequent three years, what would our reaction have been? Disbelief? Grief? Despair? Anger?
The Bear is going to find his goat and go to bed.
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