Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Poll

The Bear respectfully invites your attention to the poll in the right column and asks you kindly to participate. You can mark more than one answer. The Bear finds the results flabbergasting so far.

Does anyone else feel that the Francis debacle has gone beyond questions of Church governance and created personal distress? The Bear bets his blogging friends who monitor and chronicle the misadventures of Jorge Bergoglio are starting to feel like they're beating their heads against their keyboards.

One thing the Bear has noticed is that bloggers often seem to articulate concerns in unison. It's almost watching a school of fish, or a flock of birds, moving effortlessly and mysteriously in unison. The Bear doesn't think it can be chalked up to the echo chamber effect, either. Of course, a certain amount of this is reacting to Francis. But is there more?

Whenever members of the Bear's family call each other at the same time, we say, "communion of the saints!" Why not? Just a thought.

Anyway, the Bear would be very interested in hearing from as many people as possible. And he's also interested in hearing how people -- especially, but not limited to bloggers -- maintain their balance in the face of Francis the Pope. If anyone feels moved to increase the sample size by tootling a little traffic this way, so much the better.

18 comments:

  1. The Bear sticks to his Rule. Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours); and St. Benedict's Rule (10 verses or so a day, per schedule); plus 30 minutes of scripture. When he remembers, has time for, a rosary. To be honest, the Bear has not been entirely faithful to this, which he has since corrected. A Rule helps the Bear a lot. He needs to do more.

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  2. I find that this pope has damaged the church but this has, in turn, increased my faith. God is using this pope to scourge His people and to encourage us to embrace the cross and the battle that will ensue. We are now seeing the wolves as they are no longer hiding in sheep's clothing. This is a good thing.

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  3. There is no question in my mind that Francis has damaged the Church, but oddly (or maybe not so oddly) I feel that I have been strengthened spiritually by this painful pontificate. It has forced me to be less complacent about our precious Faith than I previously was. When you feel like someone is trying to wrest something precious from you, you hold onto it more tightly. And when you feel like someone is trying to harm a loved one, you develop a sense of urgency about staying close by that loved one's side.

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    1. The Bear hopes he isn't going feral again, like in '88. 1888.

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  4. What I find amazing is how many people have already indicated that they feel this pope has harmed them psychologically. I don't think this should be pooh-poohed. Continual stress, a perception of betrayal, and hitting us in the most tender spot. Welcome to the Pope Francis Spiritual Abuse Survivor Network.

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    1. LOL.....True that!! Love the way you articulate our 'current state of mind'. 'The Pope Francis Spiritual Abuse Survivor Network.' It could also be called: 'The Pope Francis Spiritual Abuse Self Help Group'. Or maybe 'S.A.S.A.' (Spiritual Abuse Survivors Anonymous)

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  5. Francis stresses me out with his peculiar, off-hand remarks, his out-right disrespect for the traditional work of the Church, his over-the-top environmental pessimism, his dour authoritarianism, his insistence that the only valid work of the Church is social work and, especially how he calls himself a "Son of the Church" and says things that seem to affirm doctrine, then DOES things that empty his words of any meaning. I think he has very much damaged the Church and it is weird how he lords it over the bishops and even reduces big mouths like Timothy Dolan to silence. He has made the cardinals cower except for the toadies like Cupich. Even Fr. Barron finds himself under the gun and is desperately looking for the right "hermeneutic" by which to wrestle the pope's statements into something acceptable to faithful Catholics. I would bet that those who are enthralled by Francis know next to nothing about what the Church really teaches and never go to Mass. So, for my part, I attend Mass every day where a wonderful priest preaches from the Gospel and makes a real life application. I go to the TLM whenever I can. I have priest friends who think Francis is fraud, and I invite them often for dinner. I admire more than I can say Fr. George Rutler of St. Michael's in Manhattan. Go to Pewsitter for the article on how he restored that church without asking for money and with the help of poor immigrants. Wow! I read articles and bloggers to stay up to date on Francis's goings on and keep my friends informed. We must not let this man become a Pied Piper and lead unsuspecting folks on a dance into the cave in the mountain that will close behind them. That's where the Devil lives. !!! And I read great books on the liturgy like "The Heresy of Formlessness" and novels like "The Stones of the Abbey." So I keep myself alive spiritually, get encouragement from priests who are as distressed by Francis as I am, and pray the liturgy with all my heart and soul. I even bought a cape for a good, young priest to wear with his soutane and biretta where he serves in the Bronx. And I look everyday for postings by the Bear! Thank you, Bear!

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    1. The Bear has obviously been in the grip of his distemper of late, which is why he is happy to draw inspiration from his readers. But reading your post reminds the Bear just how pitiful the Church's presence is in the rural Bible Belt. He's practically a hermit, or better, a sarabaite as St. Benedict might say.

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    2. SusanBV, Im so delighted that you mentioned Fr. George Rutler. I admire him enormously too. He is such an exceptional defender and illuminator of the Faith, capturing the heart and imagination with humor and erudition. He also is a very brave man and a devoted priest.

      Years ago as a secret wannabe-Catholic who had only recently discovered EWTN (a lifeline for me at that time, for which I'll always be grateful), I stopped to gape at Rutler's unusual (for these days, sadly) ecclesiastical garb and the austerity of his series' format (just him, standing on a checkerboard-type floor with a potted plant of some kind as backdrop) but soon was quite absorbed in what he had to say.

      I'm rambling :-). May God bless and watch over Fr. Rutler and the souls under his care there in NYC. I will add that his series are available from EWTN, and he can also be found on YouTube. He also writes for Crisis magazine.

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    3. I was not familiar with this priest. I'll look him up. It would beat binge-watching 3rd Rock from the Sun until this papacy is over.

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    4. LOL :-D

      Fr. Rutler has a rather stilted speaking style that initially might seem off-putting -- but he grows on ya :-)

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    5. Rutler is the B.E.S.T. I highly recommend buying the "Christ in the City" series (4 seasons), available at the ewtn website. It is some of the best money I've ever spent....each episode can (and should!) be watched over and over again. He is mesmerizing, and blessed with the great gift of Wisdom joined to erudition.

      He is also the best writer on the planet. You can subscribe (free) to a weekly column sent to your inbox at http://www.stmichaelnyc.org/pastors-corner/subscribe

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    6. Thanks Susan for the web address. I will definitely do that. Who that knows Fr. Rutler cannot LOVE HIM? One of the best we have. I have to keep reminding myself (I think the Holy Spirit is also sometimes nudging me) to seek out more affirmation preaching prelates and not to concentrate so much on Pope Francis and the boys in the Vatican. I pray for more balance in my faith life, and while the gathering of information on the quite insane happenings in Rome is essential, the need to feed myself with the true faith of real Catholic prelates is now more important than ever before. Prayer, fasting, receiving the sacraments regularly, daily rosary, and seeking out faithful prelates online is the order of the day. So very necessary to keep us strong during the storm.

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  6. Mr. Bear if it hadn't for Pope Francis and his 'dancing with the infidels' I never would have heard of you or all the other great Traditional/Conservative web sites that are so informative, well done and fun to read. I used to watch EWTN and read National Catholic Register but not any more. Keep up your excellent work!!

    I wonder how many of your followers are like me.

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    1. That's easy: you are clearly sui generis. I think I speak for all right thinking Catholic bloggers when I say we would gladly trade our blogs for a new pope. But thank you for the kind words.

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  7. I don't know about anyone else but with this Pope I suffer PTSD...

    "POPE"-Truamatic Stress Disorder!!! ;-)

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  8. Aside from Pope Francis what about the problems nearer home, like in New England.

    IHM schools teaching error
    http://eucharistandmission.blogspot.it/2015/07/ihm-schools-teaching-error.html

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