Bear Growls: Father Rosica

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Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear sets his sights upon the recent charitable musings of Father Tom Rosica.  Go here and here to read about this credit to the priesthood.  Here are the comments of our bruin friend:

 

Fr. Rosica: Jesus Brand Out, Francis Brand In

The frightening and unusually meaty face of Fr. Rosica
Catholic Bloggers Holy Executioners Strewing Corpses All Around

The Pope’s PR flack and head of Salt and Light Media Foundation has excoriated Catholic ephemerists. On May 17, Fr. Rosica had these charitable words for the Bear and other Catholic ephemerists who are having none of Pope Francis’ Kool-Aid. The Bear would just point out that the beginning of the first sentence unwittingly states the problem. This from the ever-reliable CRUX.

Although Pope Francis has succeeded in rebranding the public profile of the Church, according to a Vatican PR aide, his positive tone isn’t always reflected when Catholics themselves take to the use of social media. 

On the contrary, to hear Father Thomas Rosica tell it, sometimes Catholic conversation on-line is more “culture of death” than “culture of life.” 

“Many of my non-Christian and non-believing friends have remarked to me that we ‘Catholics’ have turned the Internet into a cesspool of hatred, venom and vitriol, all in the name of defending the faith!” he said. 

“The character assassination on the Internet by those claiming to be Catholic and Christian has turned it into a graveyard of corpses strewn all around,” said Rosica, who assists the Vatican Press Office with English-speaking media, on May 11 as he delivered the keynote address at the Brooklyn Diocese’s observance of World Communications Day. 

“Often times the obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed, nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of faith or of liturgical practices are very disturbed, broken and angry individuals, who never found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners!” Rosica said. 

“In reality they are deeply troubled, sad and angry people,” he said. “We must pray for them, for their healing and conversion!”

Mixing humor and invective can be done. The Bear does it nearly every day. But, Fr. Rosica, the humor should be intentional. Sadly, for Fr. Rosica, the Bear is laughing at him, not with him. Not the best thing for a liar-for-hire. “Trolling pontiffs and holy executioners?” “Corpses strewn all around?” A bit purple, don’t you think?

Even funnier is absolutely ripping the heart out of Catholic ephemerists then faux-piously saying, “In reality they are deeply troubled, sad and angry people. We must pray for them, for their healing and conversion!” A good PR flack should stay on message and avoid blatant insincerity.

This “disturbed, broken and angry” (alright, disturbed and angry) Bear for one takes comfort in the fact that someone filled with such contempt for him nevertheless manages to pray for this unworthy Bear’s healing and conversion. However, the Bear thinks Fr. Rosica is mainly going after traddies here. The Bear merely wants Pope Francis to go away and never come back.

The Infamously Litigious Fr. Rosica

Now, the Bear realizes that he is taking a big risk criticizing this pompous asshat. [Note: edit out “asshat” before pub] Fr. Rosica doesn’t always just pray for erring ephemerists. Sometimes he sues them. Or possibly, he both prays for them and sues them; the Bear does not know.

Fr. Rosica sued one-man ephemeris Vox Cantoris. If Fr. Rosica wishes to sue the Bear, the Bear would be delighted to match his public relations instincts with Fr. Rosica’s, which appear to be nil. “Pope’s PR Priest Sues Disabled Veteran Blogger for Calling Him ‘Asshat.'” [Note: sub. “asshat” before pub.] “Rosica Strikes Again: Sues Adorable Bear Who Hurt His Feelings.”

“[Francis] Has Rebranded Catholicism and the Papacy”

Fr. Rosica gained infamy during the Synod on the Family. He also promoted Pope Francis to “Prince of Peace.” Now, that’s the kind of publicity you can only buy. Here’s what Fr. Rosica had to say about his client, Pope Francis. The occasion: Fr. Rosica received some award in Brooklyn, covered by his very own media outlet! 

“After three years at the helm of the Church, we must ask ourselves: What is the most important achievement of Pope Francis? He has rebranded Catholicism and the papacy.” [Emphasis in original.]

He also said this:

Many of my colleagues in the “secular” media industry have said that Francis has made it fun to be a religion reporter and journalist again. He has changed the image of the church so much that prestigious graduate schools of business and management are now using him as a case study in rebranding. 

Note that Fr. Rosica and the Bear agree with all this rebranding of the Catholic Church and the Papacy. It’s just that Fr. Rosica thinks this is a good thing. Why wouldn’t he? As long as the reporters are having fun. Heck, the Bear would have fun in the back of the plane, too. No doubt Fr. Rosica, as PR flack, enjoys having a hand in this rebranding. And it’s comforting to know that big corporations, maybe Target, who get themselves into trouble are using Pope Francis as a model to “rebrand” themselves. What kind of dope uses “rebrand” in a religious context, anyway?

The Bear has one question for Fr. Rosica. What was wrong with the Jesus brand?

Any way, nice to know we humble ephemerists, the francs-tireur of this war for the soul of the Church, are getting to people like Fr. Rosica, and, it may be assumed, image-conscious Pope Francis.

Go here to read the comments.  The internet can be a terrible place, but how can we go wrong if we emulate the Christ-example of Father Rosica in dealing with those who oppose us?

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17 Comments

  1. The Bear and Father Rosica both strike me as angry people who do no favors to the Church. I see no reference to Father Rosica dismissing the “Jesus brand” and no sign that Pope Francis has improved the Church’s image.

  2. The Bear doesn’t work for the Vatican Pinky, he doesn’t head a Catholic network in Canada and he has never threatened to sue a blogger. Rosica is a disgrace to the Church and the Bear is merely pointing out that disgrace.

  3. Yeah, I get that, it’s just…you’re a good kid, but not everyone who wants to hang out with you is going to be a good influence….

  4. If the Bear strikes Pinky as angry, then please count me angry as well. I am absolutely livid at what Obama and the liberal progessives have done to our nation, and what Bergoglio and the liberal progressives have done to the Church. It is time for Jesus Christ to return with that whipping cord to strike fear and terror into the hearts of these heretics and apostates as He scourges them out of His Father’s House. Maybe I will regret writing that because I am no paragon of rectitude either. But enough is enough. Obama mandating that we allow sex pervet men in the girl’s room and Bergoglio equivocating decapitating Islami terrorists with Christian evangelists – too much is simply too much. Rosica has got to go, preferrably to North Korea where he belongs, and Bergoglio back to Argentina and Obama back to Kenya.

  5. Well. It appears that in addition to one Vox Cantoris and at least one Corbinian Bear —add perhaps at least one American Catholic — Trolling Pontiffs all, no doubt — such are keeping Fr. Rosica’s undergarments in an uncomfortably tight wad.

  6. The Reverend Thomas Rosica is a corporate yes man, or to be more blunt, an ass kisser. These have almost always existed in the Church

    This papacy is a disaster for the Church.
    Thank God it is beyond the power of man to destroy it.

  7. Michael Voris is my hero!!! Wish we had someone like him to address a plethora of subjects on video. You don’t have to wonder what his thoughts are.

  8. “‘Many of my non-Christian and non-believing friends have remarked to me that we ‘Catholics’ have turned the Internet into a cesspool of hatred, venom and vitriol, all in the name of defending the faith!’ he said. ”

    Well, this typical, standard liberal haters MO. They always accuse those of us stating or standing for traditional values/belief systems as being so “unloving.”

    Does anyone have a vomit bag? I am sick to death of that lame comeback. Why can’t the other side like Francis & rosics grow a pair of gonads & actually say what they truly think? I know! If they really exposed their goals they would defeat their own purpose on the front end–and therefore must pretend that they are not “really” after destroying settled church doctrine.

  9. “’Often times the obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed, nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of faith or of liturgical practices are very disturbed, broken and angry individuals, who never found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners!’ Rosica said.”

    Basically, the point is that we little people should stop trying to think independently, stop taking things SO seriously, and basically shut up & disappear.

  10. “‘In reality they are deeply troubled, sad and angry people. We must pray for them, for their healing and conversion!'”

    Do you know HOW MUCH hypocrisy & sin I have seen covered up by someone telling me they would or were praying for me –there by indicting that I was the one with the problem–in order to avoid dealing with their own sin? A lot!!

    “A good PR flack should stay on message and avoid blatant insincerity.”

    I am going to have to memorize & use this!

    What exactly is an “asshat?”

  11. The lengths Voris goes to in avoiding any criticism of the pope is breathtaking. How can he be so sure that both Frs. Rosica and Lombardi aren’t acting with explicit approval or even at the behest of Pope Francis? If this were taking place in, say, the Archdiocese of New York, he would. e shouting from the rooftops, and rightly so, that the buck stops with Cardinal Dolan. Beyond that, he would, probably with some merit, be accusing these two priests of being mouthpieces for His Eminence.

  12. “The Reverend Thomas Rosica is a corporate yes man, or to be more blunt, an ass kisser. These have almost always existed in the Church”

    Unfortunately in my experience ass kissers exist in every realm and sub-realm of life.

  13. “The lengths Voris goes to in avoiding any criticism of the pope is breathtaking.”

    The criticism, in my take on it, is directed at an out of control mouth piece for the Pope who is allowed to continue to be out of control. Voris is addressing what he actually knows. There is no way for Voris to know for sure that Rosica is speaking for Francis & with Francis’ approval. How can Voris criticize Francis for something that isn’t known for sure. It is very wise to beat folks with what you do know. It is not wise to beat people based on hypotheticals. Unless you are into character assassination.

  14. Woops! I meant there is no way for Voris to know, when Rosica is speaking as a private individual, that what Rosica is saying is being said for Francis or with the Pope’s explicit approval. Why in the world are you finding fault with Voris for sticking with the facts?

  15. Since when does the culture dictate the need to “re-brand” the Holy Church?

    Are our gospel messages to harsh?
    Are our former theologians to negative?
    Are our beliefs out dated and our views on sin intolerant to the culture?

    If the answer is YES, then get out of the Holy Catholic Church! Or, repent and re-brand your mind, heart and soul.

    The directive to pick up your cross and follow me isn’t in need of re-tooling or watering down. It is a call to holiness and conversion.

    On this Trinity Sunday may our gracious God instill the best brand into the Church. The brand that has conquered for over twenty centuries, and humble those who feel desperately to change or alter His Brand…TRUTH.

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