|From the Bear's Russian patriotic portfolio.|
The Bear knows his own mind. But not everybody else needs to in this matter. But the Bear no longer suffers from cognitive dissonance. Now he can get down to trying to be a better Bear. Pope Francis could not be more irrelevant to the Bear. Does that make the Bear a heretic or something? He's not too worried. If salvation comes down to a game of three card monte, then no doubt the Bear is doomed for some other reason anyway. One way or another, the only thing a Bear can do is decide where his faithfulness lies, and throw himself on God's mercy.
The Bear may find certain Catholic issues in the news to write about. But he's done with Pope Francis himself as a topic. Let's get real. We all know. Yeah, we can argue how many Popes can dance on the deposit of faith until doomsday, but our nice little arguments won't change what we instinctively and logically know. There is absolutely nothing Francis could do that would change the Bear's opinion. Well, except start channeling Pius XII.
So, no, you aren't sure what the Bear has concluded. It's best that way. This is the time we are given. If you have truly retained your certainties, then God bless you. The Bear has never claimed to be anything but a disreputable attraction in a flea-bitten Dancing Bear Show.
But when it comes to those sorts of things, he's still the only Bear in town.
And he still says nail your foot to the floor in front of your favorite pew and die there. That was always about as grim as encouragement can get. But now he adds "But not before you've outlived your enemies."
Do svidanya comrades. The Bear will be naturalized a Russian citizen Monday. Tenacious Badger and wise Owl are in charge of the woodlands until the Bear comes back.