Never Trust a Bear for Anything But Honesty
|The Bear thinks we should just form a|
single religion named 3GAR and be
done with it. Since we worship
the same God, after all.
Or, rather, never trust anything about a Bear except his honesty. He is a walking warning sign that flashes, "I am an enormous animal designed to kill you." That's honesty you don't find in humans. There are many sad accounts of a reliable performing Bear suddenly turning on his trainer and killing him, apparently for no reason. But there are no accounts of a Bear lying.
Or tolerating lies.
During his homily, Father, with the three-eyed Mercy Monstrosity behind him, on this, Trinity Sunday, said that Jews and Muslims worship the same God we do.
Now the Bear knows why he said this. It sounds nice, and tolerant. And Pope Francis the Wonderful talks like that. He has no doubt often heard the phrase, "Three Great Abrahamic Religions." He probably doesn't even notice the incompatibility between the stark and terrifying arbitrary aloneness of Islam, and the Holy Trinity. If he does, it is not important. Not set against the imperative of the Franciscan Pan-Religion Love Cult.
Besides, everyone knows this is Father's thing.
But the Bear doesn't care. It's still a lie, and a damned lie at that. And on Trinity Sunday.
Bear Walks Out
You can never trust a Bear. The Bear doesn't even trust himself.
So he got up and walked out. An involuntary mutter that included a very, very bad word may have preceded getting up and walking out. The Bear was not making a point. It was just in everybody's interest that the Bear remove himself. (By the way, May is Bear Danger Awareness Month.)
Getting shot with a tranquilizer dart is no fun. Okay, you get a great body high. (Bears are honest, remember.)
Tearing Down the Church Brick By Brick
The Church has the very best foundation. But the liars are pulling the Church down -- "brick by brick," as it were. Perhaps the source of our frustration is that we all want to fix this Church. But has it ever occurred to you that there may be no fixing? Is it such a stretch to conclude that the Church we see can never recover? Is there a realistic path back to the Church of 1958? No, there is not. Too many things have changed. It's a different world, with different assumptions, most of them hostile to Catholicism.
And there have been too many lies, repeated too often, and believed by sheep who really can't be blamed, and believed by many knaves who should know better. Truth is the last thing many prelates worry about.
Then there are fools like us, who educate ourselves and fall in love with a lady we saw in an old photograph. It's hard to let go of such a fond fantasy and admit that our sweetheart died some time ago after a short illness.
The Blooper Reel of the Church
Maybe something bigger and beyond our understanding is happening.
The foundation is the very best. You won't live long enough to see the glorious temple of truth and light that will one day again rest on that foundation. You can only look out through the crack in the door of your lifetime and see just a bit. A handful of popes, some worse than others.
We don't live in the highlight reel of the Church. We live in the blooper reel. Nothing but clowning, pratfalls, fluffed lines, and falling flats. We can't do anything about that. Let's be honest. Pope Francis did not mess up the Church. A messed up Church picked a Pope Francis.
The Bear wonders if we are so focused on what kind of Church we want, we're not willing to give God room to rebuild the Church according to His own design. (And, no, the Bear does not mean some new syncretistic Church according to man's design, as this statement would mean coming out of a liar's mouth.) It's natural enough to set our own ideal. After all, we know what was working within living memory of many of us. Maybe what is coming will look like what has been. Maybe it will look like something even better.
But the Bear expects the Catholic Church as we know it will come to an end, even if it retains the real estate. It is even now buffeted by the black winds it has conjured. However, in a twist on the parable of the house built on sand, the foundation will remain, while the church of lies will be swept away. The Bear truly believes this. You probably won't live to see what happens next. It will not be the work of man, at least not man alone.
The Bear thinks of the film 2010, the sequel to 2001. Astronaut Dave Bowman from the original movie makes enigmatic appearances to different people.
Heywood Floyd: What? What's going to happen?
Dave Bowman: Something wonderful.
Heywood Floyd: What?
Dave Bowman: I understand how you feel. You see, it's all very clear to me now. The whole thing. It's wonderful.
What is going to get us through this crisis is the confidence that something wonderful will happen. With us, without us, after us, is not up to us. We'll fight where we can, and walk away when we must. But this battle is not ours to win. The Bear believes this simple realization might be the key to sanity.
At any rate, it makes the Bear feel better.
But in case anyone feels depressed, here's a movie of a baby goat (Stormy) discovering her legs.