There has been spirited debate on St. Corbinian's Bear blog whether the Synod was a victory or a defeat. I believe it is fair to say that more traditional Catholics seem to be the ones denying that we won a victory.
Michael Voris makes an excellent point -- we must not succumb to a "defeatist mind-set." (The Bear is just going to ignore the execrable "Blame It On Pope Emeritus Benedict" Vortex from the day before.)
The Bear would like to clarify some things.
First of all, the Bear may get frustrated and growly when debating. That's just a Bear. In the courtroom, there are rules and traditions that channel polite debate into useful issues based on evidence. While his commenters are smart, and do a pretty good job, the Bear misses a referee to rule on (and require!) evidence.
Maybe he should just stay out of the comment box altogether. The problem is that this is no ordinary blog. It has a mission to support the Plain Ol' Roman Catholic Church without bringing avoidable scandal into the picture. If the Bear abandons the comment box, he is certain you can see how that mission could be quickly overwhelmed. (And the Bear is not thinking about anyone in particular. so relax.)
He could also simply not allow comments, or heavily moderate. That is pretty much up to the commenters. This would grieve the Bear. You guys usually have good comments, but the Bear is asking you to step up your game so there don't have to be any changes.
Victory. If you're going to discuss it, you have to define it, agreed? The Bear might agree with you that we did not win a victory if crushing Modernism was the condition. That's why we try to keep things within the realm of reality.
In the Bear's case, it seems clear that they had every advantage in the world. Counting on that, they raised expectations with the help of a complaisant media. And yet, at the end of the whole unnecessary mess, they managed to eke out some wishy-washy language in a document that doesn't really mean much anyway. Who knows, maybe it was your rosary that tipped the scales, that one you prayed when you really didn't feel like it.
By any reasonable measure, this was a victory. We've had over a year of celebration dances by our enemies that have not stopped to this day. But they were beaten, even humiliated by any reasonable standard. But our glum attitude makes their charade look true.
Why are the Modernists and their fellow travelers able to pretend like they won, while we, having actually won, huddle in the corner straining, blood vessels near bursting, trying to make a cloud of defeat appear over our heads?
Why is it only the Modernists who are capable of never giving up, and always pursuing their tangled plots? We, on the other hand, throw in the towel after the first punch.
Why is it that only Modernists can argue the language on what an ultimately meaningless document permits? Do we have no one to argue against them, so we must hang our heads in defeat?
Why do Modernists always project optimism, while we are not only far from joyful, but make fun of Pope Francis when he urges us to be so? Which group would you rather join, the glum defeatists, or the confident and happy Modernists?
Where is the supernatural element in the way we
Bears don't lose. The Bear never lost a death penalty, and he tried many. Those are hard cases. Everything is against you. But every time the Bear found a way to win as the underdog.
We need to think like generals, recognizing our wins as well as our losses. The enemy observes our reaction. If we project defeat, evil rejoices in both natural and supernatural realms. They sense our weakness and fear. A demoralized enemy is one you have already defeated.
We won the Synod. And even if we didn't, we should celebrate as if we had.