The Bear thought he would give a little background on Mr. Terry Carroll's broadside over the Bear's article on Michael Voris' and CMTV's no-criticizing-the-Pope policy.
Mr. Carroll and the Bear enjoyed an intermittent -- if verbose -- correspondence on various topics, especially CMTV's reasons for not criticizing the Pope. To say that there was considerable flattery that the Bear enjoyed, would not be unfair to either party. (If ever you are caught by a Bear, tell him how lush and shiny his coat looks, and how white his teeth are.) He consistently held up for examples a handful of blogs that he thought were doing it right. At one point he mentioned that the Bear would be part of something exciting. The Bear promptly forgot about that. Apparently it was to be a guest on Mic'd Up, Michael Voris' live talk show.
If you were to conclude the Bear felt like he was being groomed, you would be right. Apparently one of Mr. Carroll's jobs is to maintain blogger relations for CMTV. (If the Bear knew what his official title was -- if any -- he has forgotten.) For example, Mr. Carroll likes Connecticut Catholic Corner. And, once upon a time, he liked the Bear. There was also quite a bit of discussion about outlets Mr. Carroll didn't care for too much.
Once, the Bear pulled an article about Michael Voris that he was persuaded might not be entirely fair. (It might have been the famous incident where Mr. Voris announced he did not go to communion because he reported Cardinal Burke's comment.) Aside from that, Mr. Carroll had no further influence on St. Corbinian's Bear.
As for CMTV's policy of not criticizing the Pope, the Bear has no problem with that. However, since the Bear does criticize the Pope, anyone's reasons for refusing to do so are directly relevant to this blog and subject to fair comment. Remember, it was Michael Voris who decided to start all this, when he and his young proteges took on The Remnant on Mic'd Up. That, too, invites comment.
The Bear found two things disturbing in Mr. Carroll's comments.
First, since when is a guest spot on a CMTV program a reward for right-thinking? This is the same Bear who gradually went from a Francis booster to doubts, to disappointment, discouragement and worry, with attendant criticism of specific blunders (e.g. "Rabbitgate"). The Bear is surprised that he would suddenly become un-guest-worthy over a single article. So, we disagree about whether it is ever right to criticize the Pope. We do not disagree about whether Pope Francis poses a danger to the Church. One of us is willing to talk about it and the other isn't. It is as simple as that.
I am surprised someone of Michael Voris' journalistic background would cross a guest off the list solely because he will not act as an amen chorus for MV. Heck, the Bear might even be persuaded, if he heard a good argument. At a minimum, the Bear would provide the counter-point. Not to mention, how often to you get to have the world's only Catholic blogging Bear as a guest?
The other thing that bothered the Bear was Mr. Carroll's analogy that criticizing the the Pope was like men sitting around in a bar complaining about their wives. The Bear feels his guests deserve better than that, and when he said that he found it insulting, Mr. Carroll sarcastically asked if the Bear were going to call "the tolerance police." The Bear is not quite sure how a conversation that does not include race, sex, orientation, national origin or non-Christian religions, implicates the tolerance police. It was just snotty. The Bear is certain Mr. Carroll didn't think before typing it, and now regrets it.
The analogy isn't very good because the situations are so dissimilar. After you read an article in SCB, Pope Francis is still the Pope, and you still can't do anything about it. You will, perhaps have been encouraged that someone else feels the same way you do, and your devotion to the ancient faith and your own parish -- where, never forget, Christ dwells, whether the music is lousy or not -- has been renewed. The Bear has never received a single email saying, "I was so depressed by your last posting I'm chucking the whole thing for the SSPX." Instead, he receives emails of appreciation and thanks.
The Bear is confident he is doing good, honest work here. Up to this point, the most charitable word to describe Pope Francis is "reckless." Where does that leave CMTV? "All the news that's fit to print -- and Pope Francis isn't fit."
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