Friday, May 20, 2016

New Poll

Should the Bear just drop the subject of Pope Francis, or should he continue to write about him? Vote in the poll at the top of the right sidebar, please. Help shape the future of St. Corbinian's Bear's blog.

29 comments:

  1. Personally, I would be just fine if you turned this blog into a series of stories about The Bear's early days.

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    1. Yeah, so would the Bear. His ego would not want to trade his current readership for something in the low double-digits. He still has plans to plug the holes and edit A Bear's Lent for self publication on Amazon, though.

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    2. Yes Great Bear. I'd buy it. It needs to be illustrated though.

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  2. More importantly, is the Daily Bergoglio taking its toll? Regardless of the vote, are you up to it?

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    1. Honestly, the Bear doesn't know. This is one of the things he's thinking about on this so-called break. Unfortunately, the Bear's current health isn't the greatest, yet he is driven. He has to maintain some sort of perspective or this blog turns into francisthedestroyer.

      The Bear gets angry at all the manifestations of the heresy of Bergoglioism, which he is convinced is indeed a real thing, a toxic brew of indifferentism, liberation theology, and secularism. It could easily catch on and survive him.

      The institution of the papacy is extremely dangerous in today's world. It is inevitable that without heroic restraint, each pope will create his own cult of personality. Does that observation make the Bear a bad Catholic? Or just someone who can see how the laser focus of all of modern media upon one flawed man inevitably leads to a distortion of the faith?

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    2. Hm, I may want to change my vote. I voted yes but in light of your health concern then, no. Your health is far more important than upsetting yourself for nothing. I prefer a joyous and relaxed Bear than a depressed or churlish one. After all your family has to live with you.

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    3. No, don't change your vote. That is a decision the Bear will make anyway. Maybe he'll just slow down a bit. Honestly, it gives him something to do on a regular basis.

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    4. Heresy of Bergoglioism -- unfortunately this isn't new. Pope Francis is not a scholar nor well read by his own words. He is, though, the product of the scholarship of his formation that has fermented in his own thoughts over the years.

      Great Bear, if you would like to branch out beyond the Daily Francis, get a hold of the syllabi of the Intro to Theology, Social Justice, and Morality courses at your local Catholic University. Or walk through the book store and see what books they are selling.

      Example: The only required text for one of the only two honors sections for Intro to Theology at Marquette University for the fall of 2016 is the book titles "The Shadow of the Galilean."

      Revelation 6:16 indeed.

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  3. Perhaps you can match him to the great anti popes of the first 1000 years of church history...like the anti pope who became pope after conspiring in the murder of his predecessor. Reading Warren Carroll's books is a good inoculation against despair....usually.
    Either Make it a humorous history lesson or keep the blood pressure down by ignoring the nightmare. I like to pretend I live in the era when the peasants didn't even know who was pope, let alone what he was saying.

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    1. Please don't post as unknown without an identifier.

      The Bear is unlearned, but has a hard time thinking of previous bad popes who thought of evangelization in terms of "colonialism," and Jesus sending out disciples on a literal mission of "conquest." He can't think of a previous pope who seems to believe the Catholic Church is one choice among many, and that Jews have their own method of salvation that does not involve Jesus, so the Church has no mission to them. He can't think of a pope before who saw the Church as a PAC for trendy causes.

      We've had morally corrupt popes, and a few popes who taught unorthodox beliefs, but nothing like Jorge Bergoglio, who is attacking the supernatural nature and mission of the Church. Pope Francis is literally without precedent. Also, remember a bad pope 1500 years ago did not have the ability to corrupt the faith on a daily basis, worldwide. This is the key point the Bear hammers again and again, and cannot understand why people do not get just what a crisis today's pope is.

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    2. I admit that I will downplay the crisis, but like so many others, it is because I am isolated. Isolated from real life orthodox Catholics, isolated from the institutional Church (because they don't care about sinners like me and I have tuned them out to the constant garbage that is spewed forth).

      Now I am sure that there has been this type of nonsense before amongst the leadership of God's people, but you are right, no one has ever had the ability to steer the barq of peter like this. It is crazy.

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  4. Of course you should continue to write about him!! You have a duty to uphold the faith and these days that means constantly correcting the piece of crap that sits in the papal throne! How many mediocre Catholics might just go along with what he says as being magisterial? Sound the fog horn, turn on the lighthouse lights, and guide the poor souls adrift in the ocean.

    You have such a gift for writing amusing yet spot on criticisms. How can you stop?!!

    Seattle Kim

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    1. People don't know how much time and energy this ephemeris consumes. The Bear is not complaining. He has health concerns. And the ephemeris means he must give up other things. A hobby. Time with his mate. Other creative projects. Again, not complaining, just pointing out that it is not as easy a choice as it might seem.

      Oh, sure, little posts tossed off like the last couple don't take much time, but my usual thorough treatment takes a lot of time. Sometimes a 16 hour day, like the DNA articles I did. There is a lot more the Bear could have said about this latest fiasco, but he's "taking a break."

      And it makes me angry. Real angry -- Bear angry. It's... unpleasant for those around me. It puts me at odds against the Church, because I get angry at it, too.

      The Bear needs to satisfy himself that he's accomplishing something. Yes, it's like watching a train wreck, and gives scope to the Bear's clever, lurid treatment of the disaster. Is it enough to be taking a stand? To discuss with like-minded people? What it boils down to is the game worth the candle -- a candle that looks alarmingly short sometimes.

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    2. You need a research staff -- that would take a load off of you.

      Thinking about the mess that the forest is in makes me furiously angry as well. Then I am less owl and much less man. Righteous anger and long suffering are both virtues, but it is hard to find a balance.

      Zeal is consuming and its flame will eat away the tallow of our lives. Your best work is your stories -- I would love to see them as illustrated children's books.

      But your other work is needed. We have gone past the point of trying to stay upbeat and just dealing with Pope Francis as something that will one day come to an end. Not all of us are built to endure. The people in the pews don't know what to do. Fr. is off trying to raise money for the Building Fund, or preaching about wuv or social justice while the sheep starve.

      Great Bear provides food and a place of safety for this wandering creature.

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  5. I voted yes we need to know. However, I would like to see discussions of what to DO - love 'em or hate 'em Michael Voris is gathering a resistance movement to actually try to work at the parish level - to influence, to educate, to exhort individually those who have been so poorly served. I am as addicted to poking a stick in my eye every morning with Francis-News as the next man but my frustration is few talk about what (if anything) we can do.
    Barbara

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    1. The Bear doesn't know what to do. He doesn't know what real impact MV is having, but anyway, the Bear doesn't have his resources. The way the Bear sees it, Francis is the problem. His idiocy goes from his mouth, across the wires and right into the parish priest's homily. The Bear is seeing the Church change before his very eyes.

      The Bear is normally pretty accessible. Do you share the Bear? On Facebook? Or by email? This ephemeris has more "personality" than most. The Bear is not being self-serving. If not this ephemeris, another one that tells the truth in a way that isn't going to come across as too strident or off-putting, or, well, dull.

      Coming up with something to do isn't easy. If it were, we'd being doing it. Teach RCIA classes. Then watch Father and the other teachers undo everything you've done. Parish council? Depends on the dynamics where you are. Complain about homilies? It might help.

      There does seem to be a silent majority, or, if not majority, at least large segment, in the Bear's parish, that aren't happy with the status quo. Organizing that vague feeling of malaise is another matter.

      So, the Bear does what a Bear can do, which is attack malefactors with relish to the entertainment and edification of a cheering audience.

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  6. Bear,
    Starting in March 2013, I felt uneasy and troubled by the man sitting on the Throne of St. Peter. At that time I couldn't quite put my finger on it but with the help of your blog and many others I've come to realize that I was being sucked down a rabbit hole by this man. Intrinsically, the things this man said and wrote just didn't ring true. The more he spoke, the more confused I got. It was driving me crazy. I was spending waaay too much time thinking about what this man was saying and doing. When Amoris Laetitia came out, I read it and realized what a mess we're in. But of course that's exactly what he wanted-a mess. Then I realized I was giving this individual too much credit- papolatry! I found that I needed to back away. I needed to crawl back out of that rabbit hole to daylight. I can say that the real good that has come out of this for me is that I've turned to prayer. I'm praying more these days than I've ever prayed. I try to get to daily Mass when I can and I pray. I've been reading Laudes in the Baronius Press Roman Breviary (haven't quite gotten to Vespers and Compline yet, but I will) But best of all I've 'discovered' the Bible. I found that I had to turn and face the One True Light and fix my eyes firmly on Christ.

    So I would say that you may want to drop the subject of the Pope. I enjoy the Bear's ephemera and would like to see it continue but I agree with Murray, "More importantly, is the Daily Bergolia taking it's toll?" For me, it was and I think that you wouldn't be asking this question if you didn't think that it was doing the same to you.

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  7. I voted yes, but then changed my vote to no. Is what you write going to change him? Will it change us? I don't even know if that is the question :)
    God bless!

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  8. I can live my life pretending he exists in my happy place. Nice Pope Francis! "What? No, I didn't read that. More tea?"

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  9. Bear, your humor is needed. Keep posting about him but realize that we can't change this and to keep our sanity we must find the silly and funny parts. Many people around the main subject are silly. Look at the Organist who stopped the Ukulele playing Bishop. That Bishop was emboldened by PF. Find the fun and you'll do a great service but don't let your health fall for it

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  10. I'm voting that you continue. Blogs like yours reassure me that I'm not alone and I'm not insane. You articulate the problems so well and provide me with much ammunition against creeping heresy. But I agree with Netmilsmom: concentrate on the funny stuff. Humour, satire and outright ridicule are powerful weapons.

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  11. Mr.Bear, you are Chesterton in the age of Bergoglio. Even if you stopped blogging now, we would have many treasures already.

    Seattle kim

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    1. The only way Chesterton and the Bear may be compared is in bulk.

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  12. My husband requires full time care, so I rarely leave the house. If not for Bear and a precious few other Catholic ephemerists, I would be under the impression that I was the only one who sees the disaster that is this papacy.

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  13. I voted "ignore" for the simple reason that there's nothing we can do about it. The Pope is not a politician. We can't affect public opinion to vote him out. There is an opposition party, but you don't want to campaign in favor of THAT. Likewise it's not feasible that his behavior will change based on what's posted online, though he did seem taken aback by the reaction to the women deacon commission idea.

    So by complaining about the Pope we just get frustrated because our complaints have no effect. So we have to complain LOUDER and eventually we're in The Remnant territory.

    Let's take the extreme example: let's say the Pope was invalidly elected, he's not Catholic and is in fact a Masonic infiltrator who's intent on destroying the Church? What does that mean to you? There'd still be nothing you could do about it You'd still have to pray for the good the Church.

    Secondly, we don't need to. We have a catechism and instead of explaining the Pope, we can explain the rather large portion of the catechism that remains untaught. If the Pope adds additional confusion to that discussion, then that's the challenge of our age and see the 1st paragraph.

    Thirdly, the Pope is not a politician (again). His every utterance isn't a blank-slate policy statement. His statements must be read in continuity with his predecessors.

    Fourthly, we have plenty of work to do in our own neighborhoods and parishes without worrying about Rome. Is it easier to explain the faith to our non-Catholic friends and coworkers and strengthen the faith of our fellow parishioners or bitch about Rome. I'd suggest it's easier to bitch about Rome. But God's probably calling us to deal with the people around us instead.

    I would propose that if Francis is such a thorn in our paws, then we should, instead of rallying support against him, start a communal Friday penance for him and for the good of the Church. God can interpret that intention how He sees fit.

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  14. The Bear respectfully disagrees. Your opinions are not unreasonable. Perhaps it has to do with temperament.

    The Bear will state why he thinks he is doing a job that needs to be done.

    There is more than one objective other than making Pope Francis stop acting like someone with no respect for the deposit of faith. That is probably not going to happen.

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  15. A Pope like Frank is a cross to bear for any Catholic who believes in the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ - as it has always and everywhere been taught by the Church.

    Fighting evil is a tiring and wearisome business especially when one attempts to do it with humour. Nevertheless this is the mission we all received when we were Confirmed. You are one of the few who sees the reality of the current evil before us and this is a burden and a Cross to carry in its own right. The Way of the Cross is the only Way we can truly follow Our Lord. If this is the Cross God has given to you, thank Him for it and keep doing what you are doing. The Holy Ghost will give you the words when it gets tough - especially if you ask Him.

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  16. My answer is 'yes'. Please do not shut your window to the stuffy room of humanity. Inhale....

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