The Bear writes this from the new, openly established kingdom of the Prince of the World. Not so long ago, we were still at war. Sure most of our territory was occupied, collaborators were everywhere, and it seemed there was a new beachhead or drop zone every month.
But the Bear has realized the war is over. Over at least as far as human efforts are concerned. There are rumors of fleet gathering for a counter-invasion, but few details are available.
There can be no mistake we've been conquered. We've seen the newsreel footage of demonic legions marching through Paris, New York, Rome, and other capitals. The old national ensigns have been hauled down, and the red-and-black flag of the Prince of the World flies everywhere.
The Bear has obtained - never mind how - a slightly singed document containing a Top Secret plan of the Devil. They called it "The Manhattan Project."
The Devil had the schematics for human beings. He knew we were like fish who could survive only in the sea of sacramental marriage. Sacramental marriage was he key to everything. Fidelity, family, culture, religion - in short, if he could destroy sacramental marriage, he could destroy everything. That's why they devoted most of their efforts into the Manhattan Project. Honestly, they took it more seriously and worked harder on this essential strategic feature than did our generals and officers.
His agents were placed in every important position, secular and religious, at all levels. Marriage was too hard, the Devil honestly believed. His agents sold something "realistic," suited for weak creatures like us. At some point, sacramental marriage had been entirely replaced by the Devil's easier version. The Bear can't say exactly when this happened. Just that it did, and that is why we are singing Hell's anthem now.
The Manhattan Project: not with a bang, or even a whimper, but with a moan of pleasure from damp sheets and a sigh of satisfaction. The Bear has heard demons call this "the greatest day since plucky old mother Eve declared her independence from the Man in the Sky." A few have taunted the Bear, and he has no response. They planned well, fought hard, and beat us fair and square. Well, with the help of a lot of collaborators and traitors, if that's fair.
Fortunately, the Bear supposes, the new regime is not oppressive. In fact, just the opposite. They don't care what we do as long as we're in Hell at the end of the day.
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