Monday, April 11, 2016

The Bergoglio Dossier

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.

21 comments:

  1. Before getting into substance...(I need to think more about all of the things that have gone on.) I think I blog too much from time to time as well. It would help if the telly's were not occupied by kids playing XBOX or watching their own dumb stuff. I did not work--too much sinus misery today. But it's really boring not working...

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    1. I think I'll stay up until 2 a.m. writing an article about compulsive blogging and the impact of the Bergoglio pontificate.

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  2. "The Bear is going to find his goat and go to bed."

    I just find that really amusing. As good an ephitehet as any at the end of another day of lunacy. Blessings to you.

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  3. Well you know he's been touted as the biblical false prophet of Revelation who heralds in the reign of the antichrist, right?

    Seattle Kim

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    1. PF the FP? I must get to confession.

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    2. I want to say I would expect someone a bit more impressive. But maybe false prophets are just really lame so you can recognize them when they come around.

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  4. I think giving another salmon to the Bear would help. Besides that, it would be practical and energize him for another day.

    Thinking about all the stuff going on with the world, flesh, devil and the Church just makes you crazy.

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  5. Imagine what an eclectic and fun household--a Bear, a shepherdess, a goat, a half drunk bottle of Smirnoffs and a framed picture of Pope Francis, I'm sure, for inspiration.

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    1. Smirnoff? The Bear wishes. He buys plastic gallon jugs of Popov. Of course he's has a lot worse in Bolshevik Russia. A. Lot. Worse. But you're right, it is quite a circus. That's where the Bear feels at home.

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    2. You are right Bear! Popov brings out the true "zek" in us. My next donation for this effort will be earmarked for a small bottle of Chopin or Belvedere.

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    3. I am not supposed to drink due to all the psychotropic medication I must take to comply with Fish, Game and Wildlife Department of Large Talking Predators requirements to make me "safe." Bear brains are made out of iron.

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  6. Plastic gallons of skoll vodka are just perfect for my daily Bloody Mary.

    Seattle Kim

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    1. Good vodka is pretty much a waste in a Bloody Mary. Makes a huge difference in a martini, though. I keep a bottle in the freezer and pour it into a glass Russian style, too. When we were in the Orthodox Church, Christmas would be quite the, er, event at the priest's house after Divine Liturgy!

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  7. "Fair is foul, and foul is fair
    Hover through the fog and filthy air."

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  8. From listening to his rebukes, it appears that Pope Francis had really bad formation. He keeps rebuking priests who torture people at the confessional, care about liturgy rather than mercy, spends 99% of sermons on abortion and contraception to the exclusion of carrying for people,his follows rules for the sole purpose of condemning people, etc and paints them as the typical traditionalist. Such a group of priests are the extreme minority, even among traditionalists who wish the N.O. would be abandoned and we all return to TLM. It's easy to disprove (at least the sermons) by listening to traditionalist audio archive sites, but he isn't interested in being proven wrong.

    He has to be right, because if he isn't he has to repudiate his circle of friends and much of what he has tried to accomplish by "freeing the church from this scourge". And that is not easy for an Argentinian of his age.

    Every culture has its sins, and the common sins of Argentinians at least of his age is pride reinforced by bravado. If he had not been so proud, that bravado could have been a wonderful gift to the Church to confront the heretics and clean up the Church no matter what is said of you and actually gain courage when you're attacked because "you have something to prove".

    As it stands, I cannot pray for the Pope's intentions or long reign of the Pope without going into depression. When I pray for the Pope I pray that either he have a St. Paul like conversion and clears the temple like Jesus, or retire and leave the mantle of St Peter to someone who will strengthen rather than weaken and confuse the Church.

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    1. Just an additional thought. Perhaps the election of Pope Francis is not merely in God's permissive will, but also his active will. Pope Francis has brought back some of the pre-Vatican II bravado, both to the Papacy and to shy orthodox Bishops that would rather keep quiet and let others fight heretics but have been forced to speak up. He's also increased the likelihood of the next Pope to be clear, orthodox, courageous, and not from either South America or Europe. Cardinal Scola, who would have been the choice if Cardinal Bergoglio didn't become Pope would likely continue the trend of safe, quiet Popes from Europe that quietly let heresy grow while the Pope held to scholarly Orthodoxy. IMO, such Popes could not fix the crisis of the Church.

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    2. Well said. Pope Francis thinks he is humble, but anyone with discernment can see that he is very proud, but the pride is covered with a false humility. And this is a well known spiritual danger in monasticism. It is a classic pitfall. His pride has continually grown until he is almost delusional at this point.

      We may be in the minority, but I agree that all but the most hopeless cardinals have to be scared to death by this man. I think that's why we will see someone fairly conservative next time. God's will be done.

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  9. If he's a prophet, it is a false one.
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    Appears to be fitting the bill.

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