The Tragedy of Pope Francis
The Bear sees Pope Francis as a tragic figure.
Not just in the way of a man given a great opportunity whose personality defects ruin it for him.
Not even in the way of a man who, in ignorance and arrogance, makes an effective start in tearing down a great institution.
Truth: the Ultimate Weapon
The Bear sees Pope Francis as tragic mainly because the Bear believes that, in his heart, Francis is convinced he is doing the right thing. No one sets out to be the bad guy. But, even more than that, his weapon is the truth, not lies. The truth is the ultimate weapon. That is his real danger.
Lies can be attacked, beaten. The truth, on the other hand, cannot. One must make complicated counterattacks doomed in advance by a thousand qualifications. But of course, we must respect the Holy Father. But of course, we give our intellectual assent to his magisterium. But of course, mercy is one of the chief elements of the Catholic Faith.
By the time the orthodox defender of the Faith gets to the first "but," both he and his audience are bored and confused. It is a brilliant strategy.
And, of course, it takes a brave Catholic to challenge the Pope of Rome. Most don't have the guts for it. Loyalty to the Pope, absurdly, is placed at the pinnacle of virtue; it is the mark of a good Catholic, greater than all other virtues, and more important even than adherence to the words of Christ.
"Look at My Humility, My Beloved Descamisados!"
Francis came wearing a deceptively slick persona of humility and mercy. It is not easy to fool the more perceptive for long, however. It did not take much time for him to reveal his arrogance and cruelty and disregard for the Catholic Faith.
No sooner had he boasted of his own humility than his actions revealed the Peronist fraud upon the gullible descamisados - "Why, see? I'm just like you!"
No sooner had he spoken of his own mercy than a long, long enemies list slipped from his white garments: bat Christians and capitalists. Jorge Bergoglio was the outsider who finally got to be the ultimate insider.
How did the cardinals elector not see the danger in putting such a man in charge of the Church? The Bear believes that many did, and elected him anyway, because his weaknesses made him a ready tool for their designs. The rest were empty chairs and fools.
The Real Francis Could Have Made a Great Pope
The Bear happens to believe that the Church could use a more merciful tone. The Bear thinks churchman are, for the most part, insufferably arrogant. A genuine Pope Francis, who was really humble, who was really merciful, could have been a wonderful pope. He could have benefited the Church and enriched the lives of Catholics everywhere.
The Bear confesses he is not even much of a traditionalist. Give him morality that is logically in line with what has been believed everywhere at all times, and ritual approaching the competence of a high school chapter of Servants of the Misty Dawn, and the Bear will happy snooze through Father's ridiculous sermons on interfaith every week.
Instead, Pope Francis is just another shabby little South American Marxist, seething with resentment over his failed country that must have somehow been sabotaged by those rotten northerners who have gotten rich at his expense. Steal the Malvinas, will they?
Now, Francis has his big chance to show everyone. The Bear wishes it really were more complicated, more dramatic, more evil, than that. He is a small man who has been given what he sees as unlimited power to solve every problem in the world, from the anguish of divorced and remarried Catholics to the desperation of boat people.
And in his ridiculous, arrogant, tin pot way, that is what he has set out to do.