Another Idea That Sucks From Francis
Since the document is quite short, it did not exceed the Bear's attention span while reading it. Francis's manifestos have a soporific effect on the Bear.
Correct the Bear if he is wrong, but it seems that the Pope has decided that the wide variety of shrines scattered across the world in different cultures should be under the direct control of Rome. This may seem like a small thing at first blush.
The Bear hereby declares this to be a great evil, and announces that the woodland creatures will defend their shrines to the death.
However, although aberrant shrines (i.e. those which are actually Catholic), are probably not immune to interference as it is, Francis' Motu Proprio could make it easier for Rome itself to crack down on any genuine expressions of the ancient faith.
Fast-Food Shrines Serving the Same
Frankie MacFrancis Mercy-Burgers Worldwide
The Bear is uncertain whether the Church retains enough energy to be that destructive, and if Rome messes with popular shrines that is going to be one more wedge in our Francis-cracked foundation.
Of course, it is hard to argue that the Church is not already in silent schism, if schism means clearly-drawn lines of Catholics who disagree on fundamental dogma and its expression. The fact that the Bear did not even think to make this observation until it was buried deep into the article shows how obvious a fact this is to him.
Select Quotes with the Bear's Candid Commentary
This does not even makes sense. It is stereotyped language that Francis must bolt onto any discussion. Why "above all?" at all in a discussion of a shrine? Those who can benefit from a shrine are all of us who are spiritually poor, marginalized by the Catholic Church, refugees from the reign of lies, and pilgrims in search of rest. If there is any "above all," it is to those who are driest or hurting spiritually, and need to reconnect with authentic Catholic spirituality.
The purpose of a shrine - and this is so basic it is incredible that the Bear must even explain it to a pope - is that it is unique and offers an experience that is not what one gets in the local parish. To the Bear, it seems that this is precisely what Francis is trying to destroy, lest authentic Catholic shrines become centers of the resistance.
Additionally, Francis once again reveals himself as a faddist worldling who sees everything in materialistic terms and has not one iota of genuine spiritual insight.
The Bear is imagining vast tent cities of Muslim migrants demanding that crosses be removed from Lourdes property because they offend their religious sensibilities. And some spiritually deranged do-gooder in Rome will put his soft damp hands to work writing an order demanding compliance.
"Shrines are called to play a role in the new evangelization of society today."
Whenever the Bear hears the term "new evangelization" he reaches for his revolver. Things have reached a pretty pass when the devil feels free to advertise his campaigns, like "New Coke."
There is no such thing as "new evangelization," merely no evangelization. The Bear acknowledges the Church can hardly announce it is quitting the mission Christ imposed on it with his last earthly words, but it is bold to do so in practice while implying the "old evangelization" was somehow inappropriate for "today."
If you don't believe the Bear, by all means go look up the documents concerning the "New Evangelization" on the Vatican and USCCB websites. Have your Bible open to the first two chapters of Acts for comparison purposes.
"These places, despite the crisis of faith that engulfs the contemporary world, are still perceived as sacred spaces to which pilgrims go to find a moment of rest, silence and contemplation in today’s often hectic life."
Largely caused at present by Pope Francis himself.
But don't worry, they won't long last as "sacred spaces" to offer refuge from "today's often hectic life." Jargon submitted in evidence of a monumental misunderstanding of shrines. In short, Francis doesn't know what he's talking about, which the Bear finds disturbing in a pope, and does not understand why it doesn't seem to bother more Catholics.
Shrines are not day-spas.
We do not want someone this ignorant tinkering with shrines.
"...the powerful action with which God’s mercy works in people’s lives is made manifest."
It's almost as if someone really smart (Bear is not sure that would be our Pope) wanted to redefine the concept of "mercy" for some reason. Change it to mean "license." Weird, huh?
"In light of these considerations it is clear that the Shrines are called to play a role in the new evangelization of society today and that the Church is called to evaluate in pastoral terms the motions of the heart that are expressed through pilgrimages to Shrines and places of devotion."
Shrines need to be repurposed from centers of genuine Catholic spirituality uniquely owned by the people into engines of destruction of the Christian faith through a "new evangelization" branded to fool people into thinking the Church is remotely concerned with bringing people to Jesus.
No. That is proselytizing, which Francis considers even worse than arms-dealing.
The "new evangelization" is classic doublespeak: it is new because it has absolutely nothing to do with spreading the gospel. It is we, you see, as Catholics, who must be nuvangelized, which means convinced never to invite another soul to consider the Catholic faith. That is the "new evangelization," as explained very clearly in the documents produced by the Catholic Church.
Fortunately, the Bear always carries two guns, because "pastoral" is another word that makes him reach for his revolver. At the end of days more sins will have been excused by the word "pastoral" than Jagermeister.
"Pastoral" is becoming the all-purpose excuse to change fundamental teachings.
How we interact with God - "prayer" - is the true expression of what we really believe. This was defined long ago by the phrase lex orandi lex credendi. For all the head-in-the-sand Catholics who signal with their white tail feathers that Francis hasn't changed anything, get to know that expression.
If the Church changes in practice the understanding of marriage that was expressed by Christ himself and has been a signature teaching of the Church until relatively recent times, it does not have to be infallibly proclaimed to be a genuine change of belief among Catholics.
If it changes the practice of divorced-and-remarried persons (one cannot even speak solely of Catholics at this point) in regard to Holy Communion, it has changed our understanding of another signature teaching of the Catholic Church - the cluster of beliefs surrounding the mystery of the Eucharist. ("A little bread and wine do no harm, eh?")
You Can Pry My Shrine Out of My Cold Dead Hands
If a shrine worth protecting were attacked by Rome, the battlefield is compact and easily-defensible. People are attached to their shrines. There's no telling what peaceful but effective measures they might take to save them, or at least make the Pontifical Council for Devangelization look like the foreign thugs they are.
If you have ever split wood, you know there is a point where it is impossible to pull out the wedge. The only thing you can do is ring the hammer and drive it deeper. The Bear is no longer afraid of Francis, and he wants nothing to do with a Church that would preserve the leaven of lies Francis will leave behind.
Somehow we have to get back to the Truth. We will never do this by following a worldly agenda and betraying our Catholic ancestors with compromises. We'll never do it with superstitious dread of popes. If our old boy wants to split the Church, that's fine with the Bear. He'll take the sound piece of the two and let Francis and his protectors whose name is Legion warm their hands in the flames of their rotten piece forever.