Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pope: "Beat Them With Fists"

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Trying to get in through the kitty door is another one.

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If you haven't caught Dear Reinhard 3 -- "Strudel" yet, the reviews are in. "Bwa ha ha ha! Oh Mr. Bear, this is the finest installment!!!" -- Slate doesn't review SCB, but Seattle kim did. For that matter, the Bear's friend at Mahound's Paradise has discovered his own letter, (somehow) written by our misguided family's dog.

Angry Bear Rant

Speaking of which, biting humor has always been the weapon of the people against the powerful. The Bear believes Cardinal Marx's ideas, such as "we are not a branch of Rome," and his dangerous plans for the Synod on the Family are gravely unsound and he does not appear to be operating in good faith. If a prelate who is threatening schism and wishing to poison the morals of every parish in the Church does not deserve a good Bear-mauling, the Bear does not know who does. There's a point to the satire.

Then there is Archbishop Cupich's indefensible remarks about the Planned Parenthood scandal. That got handled in a different, but equally Bearish way. That made the Bear very angry.

Forty-two youths got mauled by bears just for making fun of the prophet Elisha's baldness!

Look, this is a blog written by a Bear. The larger-than-life Bear personality is part of the schtick. It's not like there's no truth in advertising here. You either appreciate that sort of thing or not. But there's a lot of genuine love for the Church and righteous anger behind it.

Bloggers in ancient times were called prophets. They weren't known for good news and high praise. But, then again, Nebuchadnezzar was building a siege ramp and the king had installed idols in the Temple (yes, The Temple). The Bear is sure there were prophets in those days who said, "Oh, dear, we must be respectful to King Ahaz and never criticize, even though he's installing idols in the Temple." Those bloggers, er, prophets who sucked up to the powerful got killed by fire from heaven.

Sadly, this no longer happens today.

What prompted this rant was the continued navel-gazing in the Catholic blogosphere prompted by Damian Thompson's article about the supposed meltdown of Catholic blogging.

The Bear says, buck up! Take off the gloves and put on the brass knuckles! It's all about the Church! Not tossing posies and rosewater at those bent on demolishing it! With all due respect, the Bear doesn't care how many times you've gone to confession for being angry about some prelate's latest enormity. You should be angry. Making-a-whip-of-cords-and-driving-the-church-tax-recipients-out-of-the-temple angry. St. Paul tells us to be angry, as long as we do not sin. (Ephesians 4:26.) Sad don't feed the bulldog, and qui tacet consenter videtur. If you're not angry, if you're at peace with everything that's going on around you, just wow. You must be Buddha.

Or as Pope St. Pius X put it: "They want to be treated with oil, soap and caresses. But they should be beaten with fists. In a duel, you don't count or measure the blows, you strike as you can."


  1. AAAAwwwwwwwIIIIIIIIIII LOVE St. Pius X! Those Pius guys are the best!.....V, X, and XII....that's a serious trifecta!, with IX and XI pulling in close behind. If I were a pope, I would be a Pius. Guess I'll have to get busy protesting for 'badger rights'....badger's could be good priests...we'd be GREAT in the confessional!

    And right you are my ursine friend....there are times when not being angry is a grave sin, and we are right smack dab in the middle of 'em. I was always dazzled by the fact that Jesus was slowly and methodically knotting the cords as He was watching the debacle....that's holy aforethought! :)

    The woods are on fire, and the anointed firemen seem to be setting the biggest blazes....good to have a Bear on fire patrol to rip the bad ones a new one....capt. reinhard most notably, but uh, maybe there might be an installment of "Pregunta el Cardinale "El Loco" Maradiega....todo el mundo es favorito!; aye ay aye!!!"? (yeah, it's a long title, but it polled well in a Frank Luntz public-opinion survey....and THAT'S what counts.)

    A blessed Sunday to you Bear.

    1. He's the one who just tweeted everybody's on the road to Heaven. What the Hell is wrong with these people? Unless they know exactly what they're doing: sliding a worldly Church underneath the actual Catholic Church and hoping no one notices.

  2. When I saw your title, I thought it was Francis talking about climate change deniers...or people who dared to insult his mother. Then you reminded me of that great Pius X quote--"oil, soap and caresses" indeed. I think he had a sense of humor.

  3. You'd best watch out. The National Park Service may hunt you down and euthanize you.

  4. And here is the one I like from St. Augustine......'Hope has two beautiful daughters, their names are ANGER and COURAGE.'

  5. On how to treat a blasphemer, by St. John Chrysostom: "Go up to him and rebuke him, and should it be necessary to inflict blows, spare not to do so. Smite him on the face! Strike his mouth! Sanctify your hand by the blow!"

  6. Not to mention St. Nicholas slapping Arius at Nicaea!

  7. You guys! Bear and above commenters are folk I like to hang out with because they are smarter than I and you guys are not afraid to share. You stand up and show us, the more timid, what must be done.
    And I clearly see that just because a bear can put his head through the kitty door doesn't mean that he SHOULD proceed with the rest of himself. Anyway, I thank God for you all.

  8. Perhaps St. John the Baptist should be the patron saint of Bears?

    1. St. Corbinian is good enough. He took on the warlord of Freising over his irregular marriage. Fortunately for St. Corbinian, the warlord happened to be um... "killed in battle" before he succeeded in killing the saint. (If by "battle" you mean having your head chewed off by a Bear). Now Cardinal Marx is sitting in St. Corbinian's see. Marx would have blessed the marriage and become the warlord's best buddy.


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