Friday, April 17, 2015

It Is a Strange Thing to See the Bride Run From the Groom

What should be our cue to finally enter into schism? Before the Bear answers that question, he would like to make an observation. The Church was rife with error of all sorts before Pope Francis came upon the scene. If you want to find a rejection of Christ's very teachings, you do not have to wait for the Synod Part II and the blessing of unholy unions. Before adulterers and homosexuals are blessed by the Church for their adultery and homosexuality, the divine commission to evangelize the world was rejected.

True, Pope Francis has gone further and made "proselytizing" a sin, but a Bear wonders how anyone can keep a straight face when talking about the "New Evangelization." It is new not to evangelize, it is true. Old Evangelization was sacrificed on the altar of Ecumenism, chief of many strange, effeminate gods that find shelter beneath St. Peter's dome in our age.

So the the Church has ceased to spread the Word, and angels weep in amazement. But there is more. The "Gay Lobby" must remain in the realm of speculation, so the Bear does not mean that, although it is certain many homosexual predators were tolerated for a long time. No, the Bear speaks of the forgetfulness of Hell and the general expectation that most, if not all, persons will go to heaven. Not one in a thousand priests is brave enough to earnestly preach the Last Things.

Of course, it has been some time that being Catholic had anything to do with one's eternal destination. The dogma of extra ecclesiam nulla salus -- no salvation outside the Church -- has fallen into desuetude and thereby been silently annulled. That was never the Bear's favorite dogma, but we don't put these things to a vote on a generation-by-generation basis.

Or do we? We have, most of us, grown up in the Church of New. The giddy generation that gave us what would eventually become the Franciscan Church, is now going to its grave, leaving us to pick up the pieces. And they'll do much more damage before the last one is dead, and they will leave many sons and daughters following.. You will not live to see the Church mended.

The point is, we are putting so much weight on a potential change about remarried persons taking communion that we are forgetting this is not the first non-negotiable issue that the Church has abandoned. The Church hasn't been herself in a long time. It is a mystery, but we know that God is in control and has His reasons for allowing His Church to be wrecked. And no other word may be used: wrecked. When things are eventually set straight, it will not be a housecleaning, but a rebuilding. Brick by brick indeed.

As for when do we finally throw up our hands and give up on our Church, the answer is, of course, never. When one's spouse is sick, you don't get mad and run off with the neighbor's wife. Each of us is important. Even if we do just one positive thing for the Church in these dark days. That's why the Bear always says, "nail your foot to the floor in front of your favorite pew and die there."

It is a strange thing to see the Bride run from the Groom. These are strange times. Strange and doleful.


  1. I remember Mother Angelica saying that the Church is currently going through its Passion. Seems to fit.

  2. I really needed to hear that wise maxim - 'nail your foot to the floor' again! You have no idea how much. Thanks.

  3. Bear said:

    "nail your foot to the floor in front of your favorite pew and die there."

    In all charity this is wrong!

    Mark 6:11

    "And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you; going forth from thence, shake off the dust from your feet for a testimony to them."

    SHAKE off the dust from your feet, not nail it!

    God continues to provide Good Shepherds and as Catholics with an informed conscience it is our duty, in these black times, to seek them out and follow...


    They have struck the sheep
    Just words they shout
    Fleecing the flock
    Confuse with fake doubt

    They have struck the sheep
    Hoots owl, "Who?"
    "The sky is falling!"
    Scream hysterical ewe

    And facing the flock
    They lure a white wedge
    Eyes to eyes backing
    Nearing cliff's edge

    But in the lower
    Pasture greens
    A Good Shepherd guards
    Each lamb a grace gleans

    He stands, turns east,
    He leads, they follow
    Toward thunder's roll
    No time to wallow

    Like others before
    Crook and Mitred for attack
    "Mine sheep know me"...
    And we've got his back!!!!

  4. Hello, St. Corbinian's Bear, and all of you other creatures. : ) I'm new here. I've been meaning to ask what exactly 'nail your foot' means. Does it mean 'Stay in the Church, and keep practising the Faith', or does it mean something more specific? Thanks.

    1. Welcome! You have it right. (If you want to get more Holy Stubbornness points by staying in the nearest parish to your domicile, then you can go for that, too, but it is optional.)

    2. Thank you! 'The Dog' (a more recent convert than The Bear, but his equal, I hope, in earnestness) is finding Fr. Malachi Martin's works endlessly helpful (although, quite hair-raising too, of course).

  5. The Bride running from the Bridegroom? Simple, as the Bible says, the great apostasy shortly before the Second Coming. Francis' actions will force the issue, and finally the minority of faithful - both clergy and laity - will choose the Truth. Be ready for great persecution and martyrdom. Remember the approved prophecy of Akita:

    "As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead.

    The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their Confreres. The Church and altars will be vandalized. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.

    “The demon will rage especially against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will no longer be pardon for them."


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