Wednesday, July 5, 2017

BREAKING: POPE RELEASES CATHOLIC POPE VIDEO



ADDED THOUGHT: This is a perfect example of the "Mad Virtues of Pope Francis" (see below). He so often takes a Christian truth and just goes nuts with it, while diluting others. Christian Joy is a real thing. Bear is not arguing with that. But so is Christian tribulation, ordinary sadness, and clinical depression. Bear would say Francis can only see black and white, but Pope Francis has based his whole pontificate on shades of gray - how many, Bear does not know. Yet there are certain hobbyhorses in which he flashes blinding ignorance.

Granted, it calls upon normal, real, "happy Catholics" to invite "un-Christian sad Catholics" back to the Church so they can be happy, but hey, it's better than we've see so far. If Protestants can have their "Prosperity Gospel," Bear will give Francis a "Happiness Gospel." It's a start, if a superficial one.

But for the record, sometimes people are sad, and sometimes people are even depressed. These are not unusual or "un-Christian." The Bible is full of people who were not always overflowing with joy, and more than one prophet begged God to put him out of his misery. Being Catholic is not an exemption from normal human emotional states, or even abnormal ones, and there are many people who do not need to hear such nonsense.

But compared to this, it's like he's morphed into Pope St. Pius X overnight.




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23 comments:

  1. Owl hates the movie INSIDE OUT because the whole movie focuses on the need for all of a person's emotional states and at the end, there is no room for Sadness. No core memories no hybrid core memories of emotional maturity.

    Sadness is a legitimate emotion. In no way shape or form does sadness separate from Jesus anymore than any other legitimate emotion.

    This message brought to you by John 11:35.

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  2. Yeah, Bear hates it too! But it's relative. At least we now know he values being Catholic for therapy if nothing else. Bear's tellin' ya, this is 'UGE!

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  3. As someone who suffers from mild depression and pretty much all of the anxiety-related disorders, I find this always-smiling-all-the-time kind of thing to be extremely fake and off-putting.

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    1. As someone who is sometimes a Hell of a lot more depressed than mild, well, yeah. Bear thinks "unhappy" is code for "people who don't like me." Kind of like when Jimmy Carter told the American people there was something wrong with them because they couldn't wait to elect someone like Ronald Reagan, get the hostages back and destroy Soviet Communism.

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    2. I hated to break your bubble of joy, but that's my take. I am a bona fide cynic though, but I think we are his sad Catholics, and if we would only get with his program, things would turn out alright and we could all get along.
      Bear, this may be tangential to the blog, but I'd be interested in your take on the explosion of bipolar diagnoses going around. It's like half the country is now bipolar. Maybe we're all nuts, but living in this world, who wouldn't be. Is depression really depression if the person has a good reason to be depressed? I always wonder that. I know we are supposed to be "full of joy", but are we supposed to walk around grinning like chimps? I think there is an emphasis on positivity that is nauseating and puts a lot of pressure on people. I too, ALG, find it exhausting and fake.

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    3. Putting my clinician hat on, yes, Kathleen1031. There are definitely over-diagnoses of bipolar d/o I and II. Thing is, many inexperienced clinicians (which is what you generally find on the front lines these days) tend to take the 'easy way out.' As for "is depression really depression if the person has a good reason to be depressed," the name for that is situational depression.

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    4. Thank you Marcelle, very much. I don't wish to take up space here, but I need to get up to speed on this topic. I have a loved one I am very worried about, and I know nothing about this topic. I get the feeling, that they have been incorrectly diagnosed however. Where does one go for help. How does one know they have a "good" person evaluating them. A minefield. Thank you again.

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    5. Owl finds that it is really difficult to find a clinician that treats the moral let alone spiritual dimensions of mental illness. If one is only treating the bio-mechanical elements, then of course pills it is.

      Yes, situational depression / "blues" is no fun sadness but it is also massively different than the sadness that comes with depression that is rooted in one's biology.

      "Owl is sad today because the colour red." Owl sees red when someone says that because Owl is sad that Owl has separated Owl's ownself from Christ.

      Owl is, by nature, a melancholic. Being "sad" is normal and healthy for Owl.

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  4. Wow, did Francis just say that becoming more Catholic is good?!

    Either something really bad is coming or my anxiety needs to decrease.

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    1. No. He said if you happen to know someone who is already Catholic who is fallen away AND sad, it's all right to ask them to come back to the Church so they can be happy, which somehow Francis has decided is the normal state of real Christians. Everyone remain calm. This is probably one of those strange South American ideas we notherner just don't understand.

      YES there is Christian joy as an ideal and sometimes realized in practice through grace and better mental hygiene. But YES Christians also suffer tribulations and unhappiness for all sorts of reasons, not least to teach us patience.

      So ONCE AGAIN Francis has slapped those who suffer from clinical depression in the face, and, to a lesser extent all Catholics who are not arm-waving Charismatics in Buenos Aires.

      And NO, we are not to invite non-Catholics to consider the Catholic Church. Or presumably people who have given up on him and become happy Lutherans. Nor even those who have become sad Lutherans.

      Just non-practicing Catholics with missing teeth who live on the street because they're too damned unhappy to just go home.

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    2. Thanks for the third option, i.e. that I'm wrong!

      You're right, it is ridiculous; I mean, was Our Lord smiling as he carried the cross? Is this a valley of rainbows and puppies? Where's buddy christ?

      Still, and, again, you're right, it's a lot better than they have been.

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  5. Considering how grumpy he often looks in photos, this is "rich", this video. Bald Eagle would love to know who is writing these scripts. They're really pathetic. If it's the Pope himself, he needs to go to film school.

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    1. Yes, Bear thought of the scary look on his face when he was carrying the blobifix. Bear cuts him some slack because he's old and that sucks a lot of the time. And there are frequent Bear maulings to endure which are no fun. For him, Bear means.

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    2. Pope Videos are done by the Apostleship of Prayer, a SJ world-wide organization. They are also in-charge of the monthly Pope Intentions

      Video production for these things seems quite high, though script production is abysmal. Pope Francis strikes Owl as someone who was handed a sheet of paper (literally...you can see it) and told to "read this" and the producers used the first take because that is all Pope Francis had time for.

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    3. The pope suffers from RBF (resting b*tch face). RBF also known as b*tchy resting face, is a term for a facial expression (or lack thereof) which unintentionally appears angry, annoyed, irritated, or contemptuous, particularly when the individual is relaxed or not particularly expressing an emotion. Such as when the cameras are off.
      The concept has been studied by psychologists and may have psychological implications related to facial biases, gender stereotypes, human judgment, and excessive reaching out to the peripheries. The concept has also been studied by computer experts, utilizing a type of facial recognition system; they found that the condition is irreversible.
      NB. This condition should not be confused with the typically harmless rBf: resting bear face.

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  6. I wonder if Our Lady was sad, perhaps feeling her own Immaculate Heart "pierced" along the Via Dolorosa or when holding the lifeless body of her Son; the God/Man in her arms? Hmmm. Is this Papacy a punishment from the Holy Spirit for our tepid responses to God's unending Graces and love? Nothing for it but to grow closer to Our Lord and pray more.

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  7. They told me I am a Bipolar Bear, but I think my energy is just unevenly disributed throughout the year.

    Bear does not know how many people have real dx of depression or bipolar. He strongly suspects more people are prescribed antidepressants by their regular doctors and that it is over-diagnosed and over-medicated. Bear has written about things like "information-action ratio" that are specific to our time, so, yes, Bear thinks people are more stressed out today because we are all now occupied with huge problems we can do nothing about, and many Catholics are suffering from cognitive dissonance as Bear has also written a lot about.

    Drugs? Personal decision - everyone chooses what goes into their own body, unless incompetent. Bear is not a big fan. Except for Adapt. (Bear is paid spokesanimal.)

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    1. Over-dx'd and over-medicated by both regular physicians and psychiatrists. Bear in mind (1) the easy way out in terms of dxs, and (2) kickbacks from Big Pharma.

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    2. I've heard through a reliable source -- the ladies altar flowers guild -- that Adept is very effective in treating CCDD (Catholic Cognitive Dissonance Disorder).

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  8. It's not only naturally "suffering Catholics" who are turned off by the super sugary sweet "joy joy fun fun" message. It falls flat on more grounded personalities like myself. If you ever see me extremely happy or sad or angry at all or you every see me moderately happy or sad or angry or even moderately emotionless for more than an hour, then run for the hill because the end of the world is nigh.

    There's suffering in this world and some people are forced to endure more than others. The two most dominate eastern religions are based on this fact and being shamed because you can't just ignore that suffering and be joyful is offensive a message as the eastern message that you always suffer because its your fault in a past life.

    You cannot ignore the suffering, but you can make it more meaningful through the Cross and taking comfort from the Book of Job, St. John of the Cross, Mother Teresa, and other martyrs and saints who know suffering and have found meaning. In that meaning, there is job but not the clap happy type...it's more the meaningful gratitude that an adoring child or spouse being granted the privilege of suffering the cross in service of their parents or spouse.

    Until the Church as a whole can preach the pure cross (and not just the excuse that Jesus suffered so I don't have to) in addition to joy, the Church will not recover from its current decline.

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    1. "Truly I tell you -- there is no happiness but in the Cross."

      - St. John Vianney

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  9. The assertion that, "When a Christian is sad, it means he has distanced himself from Christ," leads to an obvious conclusion for that subset of Christians who call themselves Catholic:

    Listening to the incessant false teachings of Pope Francis, bishops and priests invariably makes Catholics sad.

    Sadness means Catholics have distanced themselves from Christ.

    Therefore, listening to the false teachings of Pope Francis, bishops and priests invariably distances Catholics from Christ. QED

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