The Limits of Truth
The Bear has told the truth, or at least has applied all of his training, experience and diligence to arrive at what he has reason to believe is the truth, and from a disinterested starting point. He was an apologist for Francis at first, and is still less troubled by his unpleasant quirks and habits of speech. They are really not very important except as convenient little arguments for those who have long
He has examined the evidence with a degree of care of which few would believe a Bear capable.
The Church has done one about face after another. It did not begin with Pope Francis, but it did start to manifest around the beginning of the 20th century and got a big boost from V2. Pope Francis has accelerated the process with the deliberate and incessant use of media to appeal to Catholics directly. He drops hints and expects his men to run with them. And how they do! "We hold these truths to be self-evident..." would be one way of putting the Bear's argument.
The mid-19th Century Church could pass the Church of today on the street without recognizing it. It would, in fact avoid eye contact and move to the other side.
In a nutshell, the Church has adapted with enthusiasm to the spirit of the World. It has brought upon itself a crisis of credibility, and no amount of wishing is going to make it go away. One signature doctrine after another is being quietly dropped.
The only people who disagree with the Bear are those who are convinced already - those who must be convinced for their peace of mind. There are fundamentalists on both ends of the spectrum although Francis exempts his fundamentalists from criticism.
Unless the Church Transforms the World, the World Will Transform the Church
It is impossible to deny the West is sick and lacks confidence. The same may be seen of its institutions. The Church is failing in the very same way at the very same time as all other Western institutions. Too late we are realizing just how serious the command to baptize the nations was. The Church thrives in a Christian society. If it builds in a swamp, instead of draining it, it will grow sick just like its neighbors. (See Romans 12:2.)
If you look at the intellectual fashions of the West, you will quickly discover that the Church is baptizing and embracing them all. To adapt a phrase, the Catholic Church has become the Democrat party at prayer. If you doubt the Bear's words, look at the USCCB's committees. They are filled with proud socialists, Soros think tankers and liberals of every stripe, all gathered for the greatest exhibition of virtue signaling in the world.
The Magisterium of the Photo-Op and Sound Byte
The Bear learned long ago that deeply satisfying emotional beliefs, e.g. the death penalty, make poor topics for discussion. There is literally no point in presenting arguments, because people will not even listen to them, much less seriously entertain them. Besides, the magisterium of the photo-op and of the sound byte are the only magisteriums that count anymore. One may argue "oh, those don't really mean anything," and the Bear would agree, except in what the press reports and interested third parties trumpet and priests decide to implement "pastorally" and in the beliefs of individual Catholics.
It is a brilliant bit of sleight of hand by people who are impatient with the truth interfering with their agendas. The only way it works is because everyone is afraid to call them out on it. The Bear has never offered the alternative. He has always left that to others. It is enough for one Bear to point out the obvious for most who still don't get it, or others have decided to elevate other things higher than the truth of God.
The Great Battle: The Church of Ought vs. The Church That Is
This is a shame, even a danger, because Catholics desperately need to start bringing "the Church as it Ought to Be" in line with "the Church as it Really is" in a careful, intellectually-sound and deliberate fashion. The old pietistic or ultramontanist kneejerk responses ("there, there, now, we've had bad popes before," or "if only you truly understood Vatican II," or insults and putdowns) are ludicrously inadequate.
The Bear is resting here on the outskirts of the woodlands, because he has said all this before. At some point, the benefit of him stating the truth must be balanced against the danger of harming the faith of certain people of good will. The Bear suspects that those who agree with the Bear's assessment don't need to read it, the rest won't want to read it, and there may be those it could harm.
The Bear has always stuck to non-supernatural arguments, not because the supernatural is unimportant, but because where naturalistic arguments suffice to explain things, one need not invoke the supernatural. At an any rate, that has been the Bear's approach, and there are plenty of alternatives. Of course, the designs of God are often manifested in the natural world through Providence.
The Church is capitulating to the world, of that there can be no doubt. That is a big enough message for a Bear.