Saturday, May 14, 2016

And Now, The Bear Video

You haven't seen much of the Bear lately. Perhaps you believed he was sleeping. The Bear sleeps not. Here's a little video the Bear knocked out with the advice and encouragement of certain woodland creatures. And you know something?

This is just to show you we can do it.

We still need volunteers for the exciting work to come. Email the Bear at st.corbinians.bear@gmail.com to come on board. (And a little salmon to help pay for stock media when we have to would be appreciated. We're not the Vatican here, you know.)

And now, The Bear Video.



27 comments:

  1. Very nicely done, Bear. Good for you...

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  2. I couldn't have done it without the woodland creatures' encouragement and help. This is just a proof of concept for recruiting purposes. But, yeah, the Bear supposes it's not too bad. You should have seen the first one.

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  3. Hey, that's really good! You certainly did do it, and I congratulate you. It is exciting to work on such a project, isn't it? Being creative, when you care deeply about the point you are trying to make, is rewarding, and exhausting. You even had a sad lady. She's not sandwich lady or sewing lady or one of the other ladies, but she had a tear, and that was probably because of the mean old church or somebody was less than merciful.

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  4. Nice video. But the problem is that nobody here is thinking of leaving the Church. Instead the Church - or at any rate its official apparatus, led by Bergoglio - is leaving us. There will be a point soon at which you can nail your foot anywhere you want, but the Church won't be there. Unless, God willing, this papacy is shortened (like tomorrow or the next day, max) or Francis excommunicates all of us (it's going to happen) and finally a cardinal or two and a number of bishops remember their duties and stand up and fight back.

    However, maybe things like your video will encourage them.

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    1. The Bear has no problem finding the Church. And where the Bear nails his paw to the floor is where the Church is.

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    2. Elizabeth ~ That is why you have to nail your local priest's foot to the floor along with yours.

      It is easy to find where the Church is locally, but only if one is following St. Ignatius of Antioch and looking for where the valid Eucharist is. It becomes much harder if one starts by looking for where the Faith is taught. It is really easy to find local parishes where the Faith isn't taught and what makes them Catholic is only a valid but (highly) illicit Eucharist.

      It won't be hard for the validity one day to slip away.

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    3. Unfortunately, most of us have very little impact on what is taught or not, or influence with our priest. This is the reality. I have taught adults coming into the Church only to have everything I said undone by the other teachers and Father. I cannot fix the problem, and I will not run. I will be an example of honestly acknowledging problems, accepting reality, and stubbornly staying where I belong.

      Please do not talk about "invalid Eucharist." That is not the issue for the ephemeris, even speculating about some undefined future.

      Anyone who is relying on the Faith to be taught by clerics in the Church today is a fool. If it is in your parish, consider yourself a lucky exception. Faithful teaching from top to bottom is a luxury we don't have in our age. Fortunately, our age also provides the means for nearly everyone to learn it on their own.

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    4. to Elizabeth: if Francis is going to excommunicate us, I would like excommunication in Latin.
      And even if he actually is THE POPE, excommunications are not infallible acts. We can treat our excommunications like St Athanasius or Archbishop LeFebvre did by continuing in the faith.

      Seattle Kim

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    5. Ill keep away from that topic.

      Part of the problem is that there is this disconnect between catechetics, Faith, and sacraments. Influence on priests--I am not sure that is what I am looking for -- perhaps reasons to give them courage to stand their ground. Good priests, even the so-so that blow in the wind, are under tremendous pressure. He will be dragged away if we do not build supports for him.

      It is not like I have had priests listen to me anyway, either.

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  6. Fantastic start Great Bear. Thanks for the pick me up this Sunday.

    The video shows great promise of where you can take your message. A lot of people are dispirited and feel lost. This is a great way to build communion and fellowship amongst the abandoned faithful.

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  7. No unknown posters, please. And no suggestions that the Roman Catholic Church that owns fancy buildings in Rome and has thousands of parishes all over the world is not the place we should be, whatever its current distressing problems.

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  8. Bear,
    This is soooo much better than the monthly intention videos! I loved the use of the nun kneeling in the pew- great counterpoint.

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    1. Thank you. Now that the enthusiasm has worn off, I'm seeing the weaknesses, but it was only ever meant to be a demo and recruiting video for people to the project, to prove we could do it.

      I think it resonates with people who know what the pictures flashing by mean, but I'm not sure most Catholics would. I think the tag line at the end is a bit shocking for newcomers to the Bear. But, yeah, it took many frustrating hours, but finally came together. Thanks.

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  9. Thank you so much for that lovely video - the first half where you show images I saw in my girlhood brought tears to my eyes. The second half where the darkness begins brought tears too...

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    1. Unlike the Pope Videos, the Bear is unable to offer some facile happy ending, only a rather grim declaration of extreme stubbornness.

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  10. I think that video is very impressive, really. Probably the only way to end it on a positive note would be with the Blessed Sacrament at Adoration or the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    Congratulations on the 1000th blog post. That's a big milestone. We need to keep encouraging one another in these confusing times. Thank you Mr. Bear.

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  11. Fantastic. Agitate and propagate!

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  12. Nice video, but one important nitpick.

    It's not our Church, it's Christ's Church. That mistake is precisely the problem of the Post Vatican II world. Unfaithful bishops, priests and theologians thought it was Our Church and convinced the laity of this.

    The result? (Judges 21:25) Everyone did what was right in their own eyes, and consequently God left us to our own devices to suffer the consequences of our arrogance until we cry out for him to save us.

    But we don't learn. We've fallen back into the heresy of Joachimism combined with the sin of Genesis 3. We the laity didn't do it, it's the woman (the Church, the Bride of Christ). And when the clergy are asked to justify it (especially Pope Francis), it's not us, we were lead by the Holy Spirit who works in new ways in each generation and always presses us forward. It's a sin to resist the Holy Spirit. Never mind that we should test the spirits and that demons often mascarade as angels of light. Only focus on the fruit of the Spirit of Vatican II which is good for spiritual feel-good food, pleasing to the ecumenical eye, and also desirable for gaining worldly wisdom.

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    1. Perhaps you're being a bit overly literal here. After all, one can say "My Father" without claiming ownership and control over God.

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    2. Of course, and it is the way everyone on this blog likely understood your video.

      However, when it comes to the Spirit of Vatican II and the broader Christian world, "It's your Church" already has a meaning that is more accommodating to the local whims of each parish. "If some parishes want to have clown polka masses, sure knock yourself out. If you want the Traditional mass, it's your church so you should see to it that your priest accommodates your 'tastes' along side the clowns".

      IMO, it's important to avoid ambiguity, particularly during this pontificate.

      There's another reason why I'd hesitate to use "It's your Church". In the past, we tended to have the imbalance that "It's your church", meant that the local parish had duty rights over you sort of like "it's your country" did, so it's almost a sin to go to another parish for the sacraments or question the priest even if the priest is preaching heresy. The abuses of Vatican II were allowed to spread quickly precisely because of this. But now, that imbalance has gone to the other extreme. Similarly, God as King and Judge loomed so large that scrupulosity or resigned despair was common. It's not for nothing that the "Divine Mercy devotions" were instituted. But now we've gone to the other extreme of "Buddy Jesus" who accepts you where you're at without repentance and you can't imagine anyone except Hilter going to Hell.

      Because the pendulum has swong so far and is being flung farther during this pontificate, I feel it is important to use language that pushes the pendulum back to the proper balance.

      But that's just my two cents.

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    3. It is sort of a mistake to see "the spirit of Vatican II" as the opposite end of a pendulum's swing from that which came before it. The "spirit of Vatican II" descends from the Aggiornamento movement, which is one of the two movements that come out of Vatican II as having "won". The other is the Nouveau Théologie. Both are largely anti Neo-Thomistic, which is the majority paradgm that existed before Vatican II.

      Pope Francis isn't one end of the pendulum then, but rather a development of the Aggiornamento program, one that is "new and exciting".

      But to the point of "it is your church" -- This is a needed slogan to counter the clericalism that runs rampant where people assume that it is the priest's church to do whatever he will. Saying that it is Christ's Church doesn't work either because the priest represents Christ and, in this appeal to authority usage, the Church is more his then the laity's.

      The Church is our Church -- it is our home and we have rights and responsibilities to it. Vatican II is many things, but there are often overlooked weapons in there for the laity. Christ commands his priests to feed His sheep, which is to teach them the Faith and provide for them the Sacraments. We woodland creatures have a right to be fed, and when we are not fed, that is a massive abuse of a priest's obligation.

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  13. Also good job showing the 6 Protestant ministers Paul vi brought in to help
    create the Novus Ordo mass most of us attend.
    I converted from Protestantism back in 2003 and even was a guest on Life on the Rock in 2004 in an episod entitled Why I Regret My Abortion. When learned about the 6 Protestant ministers (and the other nefarious facts about Vat 2, Paul vi and John xiii) about 2 1/2 years ago, I felt SO SAD AND BETRAYED. Guess it's better to know the truth. But sometimes I long for the old days when I was an ignorant but happy Novus Ordite trusting in our church leaders. Those days are over for me.

    Seattle kim

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