Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear minces no words:
The Bear used to understand what the Catholic Church taught, and what he was required to believe, do and avoid as a Catholic. Now he is told this is “fundamentalism.”
The Bear will speak about Jorge Bergoglio.
Using his name is not to show the Pope a lack of respect, or still less a rejection of his office, but to acknowledge that the human personality of an elderly gentleman from Argentina has swallowed up the institution of the papacy. We bounce from personal enthusiasm to pet peeve, seemingly at random, loosely linked by a collection of familiar tropes and phrases. Every once in awhile, the irresistible presence of a microphone will elicit an off-the-cuff inanity as connected to Catholic thought as a Marx Brothers movie.
This is what Jorge Bergoglio does. Unfortunately, the world takes his utterances as a Pope’s pronouncement of truth.
Anyone who thinks they can shrug off the damage Jorge Bergoglio is doing to the Church does not understand the situation. The Bear has written about the “Social Justice Warrior” examination of conscience distributed at the Bear’s church. It was full of stuff like being environmentally responsible, but contained no real sins. What would be the state of the soul of someone who based his confession on such tripe? This would not have happened before Jorge Bergoglio. Since pewsitters are never instructed about sin in homilies, they will gradually be conditioned to forget sin — real sin — entirely.
And why not? Doesn’t mercy cover everything, anyway? The Bear does not hear about confession from Pope Francis. He tweets constantly about mercy, as if confession were not the ordinary channel of mercy; as if confession no longer mattered in his reign of mercy. (Maureen Mullarkey wrote an excellent piece on the Year of Mercy.)
Medieval Hocus Pocus Out, “Whatever” In
Communion used to be simple. You were a Catholic with no mortal sin. Now Lutherans are encouraged to receive communion, if their Protestant-formed conscience prompts them to. Same with homosexual couples, according to some, uncorrected, prelates. Same with divorced and remarried couples. “A little bread and wine do no harm,” as Jorge Bergoglio is famously reported to have told an Argentine divorcee. And now we are watching this being institutionalized.
What are we to make of transubstantiation now; and how do we understand the Mass? What about the issues of sacrilege and unworthy reception; the meaning of “communion;” or our relationship to the divine Person of Christ? Doctrines don’t get changed, they just gets swallowed up by changes in practice. Medieval hocus pocus that doesn’t meet the people’s needs is quietly abandoned for the new, relevant and inclusive Church.
Jesus Now Optional
Salvation used to require acceptance of the free gift of Jesus Christ’s salvific work through the Church. Now the Church of Jorge Bergoglio has announced that Jews need not accept or even believe in Christ, much less come into the Church to be saved. They are still saved “through” Christ, who is reduced to a mysterious, non-personal salvation process of some sort. So much for the miraculous conversion of the Jew, Alphonse Ratisbonne, with the Miraculous Medal. The appearance to him of the Virgin Mary, approved by the holy see, must have all been a mistake, since she did not tell him, “Alphonse my son, you are a Jew and have no need of my Son.”
An Unbelieving Church for an Unbelieving World
Jorge Bergoglio’s thoughts are not about correcting doctrines he believes to be in error. His thoughts are a solvent that dissolves doctrine entirely, or at least weakens it so that it may be bent and twisted to his will, like one of those horribly misshapen ferula our recent popes have adopted. Sow enough lies and confusion, and there is no need to change doctrine.
Jorge Bergoglio is not a preserver. He is not in continuity. Like the typical leftist he is, he loves only the Church of his imagination, one reformed according to his vision. He is possessed of ambitions that would make Martin Luther, nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg church, feel like a piker.
Everything is changing, always at the expense of the supernatural. The Church is being re-purposed before our eyes. Without doctrine, without mission, without faith, its eyes are lowered to terrestrial concerns, real and imagined. We are seeing a Church trying to make itself relevant to a world that no longer believes by becoming unbelieving itself. Those who still believe are named the enemy: “fundamentalists.”
Fortunately, when the Bear becomes confused, he recalls that Jorge Bergoglio has not really changed the truth, nor can he. A “fundamentalist” is just a good Catholic, and being one is as essential, simple and challenging as it ever was. The distortions of Bergoglioism must be opposed.
This is why the Bear has taken the frightening course of — let’s be honest — attacking the gentleman from Argentina with everything from sober commentary to outrageous parody. While he respects the papacy, the Bear will use every rhetorical weapon he has to do his tiny, perhaps illusory, part in defending the Church from Jorge Bergoglio, and to encourage the maligned and beleaguered believer.
Because make no mistake. The elderly gentleman from Argentina is the most dangerous man in the world.
to read the comments. I am not quite as distressed by the Pope as is our bruin friend. We have had bad and/or foolish popes before, and in Pope Francis we have one in spades. What I find distressing is the number of Catholics, both clergy and laity, who seem to think that Catholicism consists of saying “Yes, Sir!” to whatever a Pope utters, no matter how idiotic, how at war with prior Catholic teaching. Let us be thankful that the Pope has not said a favorable word in favor of Satan, because I am certain that many of his sycophants would find a way to choke even that down. Such fundament kissing has nothing to do with Catholicism and everything to do with cowardice, careerism and contempt for the Truth of Catholicism, that is infinitely greater than any Pope.