Bear Growls: Crazy Time


Do you ever get the feeling that you are living in a pontificate scripted like an old Monty Python skit?  I certainly do, and I think our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear agrees with me:

The Holy Father has sent a letter praising Francesca Pardi for a children’s book in which an egg encounters all sorts of different families, including those headed by gay penguins and lesbian rabbits. The controversial book, which was banned in Venice, touched hearts at the Vatican. According to an article in The Guardian, the letter said:

“His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,” wrote Peter B Wells, a senior official at the Vatican secretariat of state.

This is what John Allen wrote in the National Catholic Reporter of the appointee of Pope Benedict:

Cables revealed as part of the Wikileaks scandal show how much diplomats rely on Wells for readings of the Vatican’s take on sensitive issues, such as the church’s sexual abuse scandals. Other players know the score, too. In 2010, when parishioners in Boston wanted to appeal the closing of nine local parishes, they consulted a couple of canon lawyers about the best way to get the pope’s attention, and the reply was to address the petition to Wells.


Msgr. Wells

Wells, an American, is known as the guy whose ear you want when you want the Pope’s ear. He is not some low-level functionary.

The Bear will say this, after taking a deep breath. In all charity, obviously, this was not the doings of Pope Francis. The Vatican Secretariat of State may have its own agenda. People are always taking advantage of poor Holy Father, by shoving anti-fracking T-shirts or commiefixes into his hands, or misquoting him, or making up stories about phone calls they supposedly received from him.

This is a boilerplate letter, and the Pope probably never even saw the book. (The author apparently submitted her entire oeuvre, including seven or eight dealing with homosexual issues, along with a plaintive letter.)

How does the Bear know Pope Francis is innocent?

Because not even Pope Francis would approve of a book for young, impressionable children promoting homosexuality. Only a flat-out homosexual activist would abuse his position for such a purpose. This would constitute material assistance — through his endorsement — for a book even secular authorities found repulsive, a book that promotes homosexuality and same-sex unions to young children. “Woe to those who do; woe, woe to those who approve.”

Also, if he had, Michael Voris would have done a Vortex about it. Because if there’s one thing Michael Voris hates, it’s bishops who approve of homosexuality.

The Bear predicts that within 48 hours, we will see a retraction from the Vatican. And thus shall we know that the problem we have at Santa Marta is not a horror beyond all imagining.

UPDATE: Friday, the Vatican Press Office said: “In no way does the letter from the Secretariat of State mean to endorse behaviour and teachings not in line with the Gospel.” Oh, and it was supposed to be private. (The Bear isn’t some big shot diplomat, but if you decide to weigh in on a controversy Elton John has thrown a hissy fit about, chances are the aggrieved author is not going to keep a papal endorsement letter private. Just a hint for future reference, gentlemen.)

Well, there you go! This:

His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,”

in reference to books promoting homosexuality to children is clearly not “endorsing” their content! What do you think the Bear’s chances are of getting Msgr. Wells to issue a similar statement on behalf of the Pope regarding this blog?

“Bear, His holiness is grateful for your tireless ursine activity in the service of the Church, and the spread of genuine Bearish and Christian values.”

Nah. If the Bear were aiming at first-graders to teach them what a great thing it was for homosexuals to co-habitate and obtain children was, he might have a chance.


Go here to read the comments.  That the Holy See is currently controlled by crazy people is the most charitable interpretation of much that is currently going on at the Vatican.  Pope Francis defenders sometimes argue, erroneously, that Pope Francis was picked by the Holy Spirit.  Considering some of the wretched popes that the Church has been cursed with I doubt that, unless God sometimes, in His all too justified wrath, gives us the Pope that we deserve and not the Pope that we need.


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  1. We do have to get our moral priorities in order.
    Do we have any idea how much Kids’ books (promoting homosexuality) cause the cutting and killing of CO2 absorbing trees for the paper they consume?
    How evil is that?
    On that basis, I await a retraction from the Vatican.

  2. Gay penguins and lesbian rabbits went in search of a church they could call their own.
    A church where all were welcomed.
    The Gay penguins and lesbian rabbits decided that their beliefs and practices far outweighed the importance of the principals contained within this church. The church must change, the Gay penguins and lesbian rabbits thought to themselves! They found help. An egg.

    The story continues….

  3. The clip was amusing, Norwich council… “I’ve already have one of those!”

    Thanks for the laugh in a surreal time.

  4. Who writes a book about homosexual penguins and rabbits?
    And just how does such a book end up in the Vatican?

    Msgr. Wells is a symptom of the cause of so many Catholics leaving the Church.

  5. One hundred or so years ago, a man who wrote a chidren’s book portraying sodomite and lesbian relationships as normal would have been ostracized as a sexual pervert and his book banned by both Church and State, and any cleric who might have lent such book credibility would have been defrocked. The times today are insane.

  6. Paul W P said; “The times are insane.”

    A reasonable statement.

    At times I feel as though the nation is the HMS Titanic. “God himself cannot sink this ship.,” and yet it wasn’t God, but the poor design of men with super inflated ego’s and pride equal to or greater than that of the Pharaoh’s.

    Our ship is floundering. The water has breached the forward compartment’s. The life boats, the Eucharist and Confession, are never going to be overfilled. However it’s not because of the mismanagement of the crew, rather it’s the pride and prejudice of the passengers. They don’t want help.

    These times are insane!
    Damn right they are.
    Stay close to the lifeboats.

  7. It is all part of the End-Time prophesy. This Sodomy thing is the 666 in Revelation 13 v 14-18. Folks wake up and read the signs of the time.

  8. Pope Francis has become a kind of Nero figure, corrupt, autocratic, mad, setting fire to the Church of Rome.

  9. Penguins Fan….hummmmm. Moniker change coming up? 🙂

    Children’s books that speak the truth relating to this era of “tolerance” should be endorsed from Rome. The book’s could easily explain the reasoning behind our intolerance to propagate sin, and forgiveness with true love from a caring Church, the body of Christ.

    New moniker idea! Straight Penguins Fan….
    No. Too long. El Penguins Fan? Have a blessed day.

  10. I don’t believe the Pope gave a letter of endorsement for this book. I don’t. Something seems strange here…

  11. Wow, and I thought the “Pope bans Harry Potter” thing was a lame example of misrepresented manners….

    I’m not sure if they need to recruit more grandmas– you know, the ones that can make “that’s nice” cut like a knife?– or if people would miss something like that, too.

    How long do you think it’ll take them to figure out that being super-extra nice and polite to folks doing wrong isn’t going to work to get them to fix themselves? They don’t see anything wrong with what they’re doing– and in trying not to drive anyone off, they encourage them to keep on the wrong path. 🙁

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