Saturday, June 24, 2017

L'Abandon de Dieu


A simple comment for the creatures of the Woodlands about the short below: This is reality in relation to the state of Eucharistic Adoration in the Catholic Church. Plain, stark reality less than two weeks ago. So we documented it.



(by the Bald Eagle).

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Some Relics of Our Lady


Ex capillis, ex velo, ex veste,
ex selpulchro Beata Virgine Mariae

The miracles which derive from the holy relics witness to the fact that their pious veneration by the people is pleasing to God (Saint Justin Popovich).
 
Even after death they act as if alive, healing the sick, expelling demons, and by the power of the Lord rejecting every evil influence of the demons. This is because the miraculous grace of the Holy Spirit is always present in the holy relics (Saint Ephraim the Syrian).  
Here (above, below) for your edification are four precious relics of the Virgin Mary in a hand-carved and gilded sealed reliquary and a fifth relic in a common theca. The four relics of Our Lady presented in the above reliquary, with official documentation of their authenticity, consist of:
  1. A short strand of her hair,
  2. A small piece of her silk veil; 
  3. A small piece of her colored robe; and 
  4. A stone from her tomb in Jerusalem.
The locks of the Virgin Mary's hair, her robe and her veil were originally kept by the Patriarchs of Jerusalem, to whom they had been given by the Apostles (Cannuli & Bartolo-Abela, 2016; Relics of the Saints: January-February). Then the Patriarch-Saint Juvenal gave them to the Empress-Saint Pulcheria, who gifted them to the city of Constantinople. Some locks from the Virgin’s hair, which had been cut off for remembrance by some of the Apostles upon her dormition, can now be found in the Great Reliquary at the Duomo di Messina, Sicily, and at the Basilica of San Marco in Venice, Italy.

Ex capillis


Ex velo

Above is a small piece of the Virgin's veil that she was reportedly wearing when she gave birth to Christ. This veil was in the possession of the Emperor Charlemagne, who had received it as a gift from the Byzantine Empress Irene of Constantinople. It was gifted by Charles II, the grandson of Charlemagne, in 876 to the Cathedral of Notre-Dames de Chartres in France. Other portions of the veil can be found in churches across Italy, in Cologne and Mainz, Germany; and in Prague, Czech Republic among others.

Ex veste


Ex sepulchro

Above is a small stone from the tomb of Our Lady that can be found in the crypt of the Church of the Assumption in Kidron Valley (Valley of Josaphat; Joel 3:2, 12), Jerusalem, Israel. According to the tradition of the Dormition, the body of the Virgin Mary spent three days in this tomb before her Assumption into heaven. Her three days in the tomb mirrored those spent by her Divine Son in the Holy Sepulchre, also in Jerusalem.

Official documentation of the authenticity of the relics and their provenance comes on parchment from Aloysius, Cardinal Amat (eventual Head of the College of Cardinals), dated 1829. The four relics above were re-authenticated on the same document in 1884:

Certfication by Aloysius, Cardinal Amat

Here is a fifth precious relic of Our Lady's, this time a small piece of her girdle (belt), which she had given to the Apostle Thomas. Large portions of this girdle, reported to have been made of camel hair, can now be found at Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos, Greece; the Monastery of Trier, Germany; the Cathedral in Prato, Italy; and at the Church of the Holy Belt in Homs, Syria.

Ex fascia Beata Virgine Mariae

I will not enter here into how these relics ended up in my possession, but there is a whole story behind them. Maybe one day I shall decide to narrate it. In any event, I hope you enjoy them.

© Marcelle Bartolo-Abela, aka Bald Eagle


New Ecumenical Liturgy at Francis' Skunk Works?

The "Skunk Works" is the unofficial name for the U.S. top-secret aircraft development program. Veritas Vincit reports that rumor has it that Francis is developing a top-secret ecumenical liturgy that will be acceptable to Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans. (The obvious joke: "But we already have one!")

Is Francis the kind of guy that would have his own top-secret theological Skunk Works?

You can read the story there, but the key difficulty is the consecration. The Bear will let his intelligent readers work that one out on their own.

One proposed solution is to have each celebrant silently pray his or her own formula.

The Bear stresses this is a rumor reported by an Italian journalist who says his sources are "usually good." As to the truth of that rumor, the Bear cannot offer an informed opinion.The Bear does not usually go in for rumors and seers and the like, preferring to stick to hard evidence and reasonable inferences drawn therefrom.

This might easily be a hoax. In the absence of evidence there is no real reason to suspect otherwise. The Bear is not passing it along for the purpose of the truth of the matter asserted, as the old courtroom hearsay exception goes.

There is something here, however, that is worth considering.

As ridiculous as this sounds, the Bear's reaction was not shocked surprise. In fact, the ecumenical trend lines in the Church are leading to something like this sooner or later. Francis is the perfect man to make it happen. The only thing that makes the Bear tend to doubt it is that no provision is made for Evangelicals.

What is worth considering is this:

Intelligent, well-informed Catholics cannot dismiss such a rumor out of hand. We are at a time in Church history when we can imagine that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass might mean sacrificing the sacrifice in the name of the illusion of communion with non-Catholic sects.

Our position is similar to that of a husband who hears a rumor that his wife is having an affair. Depending on the wife, he would instantly dismiss it as ridiculous or entertain the truth of the rumor - at least for a moment.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Debate Between Bear & Jesuit Top Dog Fr. Abascal





Equal Time for Response of Top Jesuit Fr. Abascal

Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal begins, in the best Jesuit tradition, by smiling indulgently at the Bear's simple reading of the text of the First Epistle of John, Chapter 2, verses 18 - 26 in the previous article.

"Ah, si, Oso, the Johannine Epistles. Of course the best scholarship recognizes they were written much later than claimed, by a school that associated itself with the apostle. Their author was not really the apostle, as you would know if you were a genuine scholar. Even the early Church did not know quite what to make of the epistles and Revelation attributed to him. It is doubtful that he was an historical person in the first place.

"Even so, Oso, the words are relative and one must understand the audience and purpose of any passage left to us by ancient editors. Then, if you insist on applying it to real-world situations - which is a bad idea - it must be done with great discernment which the laity lack. 

"The truth is much less dramatic than you have imagined. The authors of this epistle were addressing local churches that had been divided by a different understanding of the new faith, most likely Gnostics of some sort. In fact, this epistle is not even relevant to Catholics today.

"For example, we have a much broader understanding of who comprise the People of God on this great human pilgrimage. 

"Your simple-minded reading of the text out of context would eliminate our Muslim brothers and sisters in their own valid faith-experience of one of the three Great Abrahamic Religions. Such an exclusivist view of the Christian Faith was buried with Father Feeney. [Laughs.] 

"The requirement is not any sort of intellectual acceptance of some first-century Christ-figure, whose myths were collected around a possibly historical rabbi, or at any rate movement of universal love. Christianity is one of many simple expressions of mercy in today's world, a world that is much larger and more diverse than any imagined by the third-century editors of the Johannine school. 

"The Church is evolving into a reinterpretation of the Christ-figure that leads it to accompany everyone without exception, but especially those on the peripheries: the poor, the refugees and the migrants. Indeed, we must learn to do without the facile certainties of old labels like 'Catholic,' and even 'Christian.' Labels divide. We must never smugly formulate our brothers and sisters with a word. Only triumphalists do this.

"The existence of the crisis of Global Warming proves to us that we are all just humans being, facing the same threats, the same questions, and finding answers suited to our experience, heritage and language. The answers are unimportant. What is important is the image of each of us touching one another in mute loving ways and finding reciprocal acceptance beyond all ancient arguments, modern borders. or outdated arbitrary cultural constructs such as morality and gender.

"Your implication that Pope Francis may be an antichrist, besides being shockingly non-Catholic and uncharitable, shows a naive, even childish proof-texting that is the result of wrenching the text from its context. Catholics can hardly insist on the biblical texts as some sort of 'divine oracle.' That is superstition, and one that the Catholic Church has always condemned. They did not have tape recorders in those days, you know. But I am sure you have not considered that essential fact in your petty bourgeoisie piety. 

"It is not only futile, then, but dangerous to rely on... [laughs again] your quaint reading of your Bible. Read it for inspiration, if you must, but leave the interpretation of it to scholars who have spent years in training. You are, after all, merely a Bear."

The Bear's Counter-Argument: 2 Kings 2:24

(Several minutes later, after wiping his muzzle carefully with a napkin and brushing his fangs.) "Nothing tastes worse than antichrist," says the Bear with a toothpick in his jaws, "but what's a Bear supposed to do?"

Probably the most brilliant bit of satire from the vast collection
of the funniest Bear-related humor from the Bear's friends at
Bearmageddeon News.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Who is the Antichrist? First Epistle of John Test

The Word of God, Served Up Fresh and Piping Hot From Bear HQ

Normandy,1944. "Who goes there? 'Flash.'" / "Uh, 'mercy?'"
The Bear is not calling Pope Francis the Antichrist.
Possibly just a bit sloppy with his language?
Right from the USCCB website from their own Bible translation is the last word on everything we are usually talking about here in the woodlands.

Just ask yourself one simple question to know who is with us and who is against us as Christians. Ready?

Who moved?

That is the simple answer to everything. The First Epistle of the Apostle John is an interesting, largely overlooked, epistle. It is a short, but difficult read, due to its lack of logical organization and what may seem on first sight to be contradictions. It repays careful study, however. (The Bear is a silly and simple-minded creature who believes in and loves Holy Scripture.)

The Bear thinks of it like a sentry, issuing a series of challenges to test those claiming to be of the Christian family. It as an excellent examination of conscience.

During D-Day, sentries challenged an approaching man with the word "flash." If the response was not correct - "thunder" - he would be treated as an enemy.

In 1 John, there is first the Sin Challenge, then the Love Challenge, followed by the World Challenge.

Then there is the subject of this important message from Bear HQ:

The Antichrist Challenge 

Yes. The Antichrist Challenge. There are antichrists operating in the world today. There have been since the time of Christ. As long as we are in these Last Days (the period between the Incarnation and the Second Coming) there will be Antichrists.

How are we to recognize them? We would expect them to be smooth and subtle, like the father of lies. We would expect their status to be mutually promoted by their co-conspirators who have risen to the heights of power in a perverse and wicked generation. Since Christ promised us only a cross and persecution in this world, we would expect them to speak a world-pleasing message that would gain them personal popularity, especially as they are contrasted with "outmoded" and even "harsh" previous ideas.

Read this carefully, please. Are you prepared to take the God-breathed words of Holy Scripture seriously? Or chuck it into the doublespeak trash can like the new top Jesuit Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal from Venezuela? (The words of the Randy Newman song "Political Science" keep coming to mind: South America stole our name so... What is up with South American churchmen, anyway?) The Bear will give Fr. Abascal equal time in the very next piece, never fear.

Bears are fair. They just have so many advantages it seems like they're not.

But now the Bear must put aside his bicycle, clasp his great paws before his breast sincerely, fix you with his terrifying gaze and be deadly serious.

His performance is simply quoting scripture. He invites you to read it in context in your favorite Bible so you know he is not tricking you in any way. Let it speak to you, and listen closely, for it has more than one warning for our times.

The First Epistle of the Holy Apostle John Chapter 2 verses 18 through 26 

18
Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour.
19
They went out from us, but they were not really of our number; if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
20
But you have the anointing that comes from the holy one, and you all have knowledge.
21
I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.
22
Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist.
23
No one who denies the Son has the Father, but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.
24
Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father.
25
And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life.
26
I write you these things about those who would deceive you.

The Apostle John had things pretty simple. Christians knew the truth. Anyone who tried to change what they knew to be the truth had gone out from among them. Of course, that is far too simple for today. Right?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Icons as Resistance

"Please, help my man!"

In our time it is the icon that struggles for the Church (Leonid Ouspensky).

In times past, but not remote, icons were a strong part of the resistance in the Church against the iconoclasm and oppression du jour. They can still be used very effectively in this way.

The people would buy an icon (or more) from a master-iconographer or the advanced students in the master's workshop, have it blessed in the appropriate manner and set it up with ceremony in their home. Those unable to afford an original icon would make sacrifices to buy one - that is how vital the icon was considered to be in regard to one's relationship with God, one's faith and the Christian spiritual journey. They would never dream of buying something plastic when this started to exist. Others would trade some of the tools they used in everyday life - for example, farmer's tools - for a real icon until they could pay for it. Yet others would take lessons over a period of time in order to learn how to write an icon or two for themselves, which was cheaper in the long run than buying a single icon outright - in particular if one then managed to get set up writing icons for the whole neighborhood. These kinds of icons are known as "popular icons" due to their lack of sufficient finesse in comparison to those written by the masters. They tended to be very prevalent in Ukraine.

Other people would learn to write icons by studying several older icons in depth, with the icons per se being the real teachers. Many Russian master-iconographers started out this way, in fact, because they were often so poor that they could not afford to take lessons. Some others, including priests and the laity, would defend the icon against usurpers and potential usurpers with their own lives - and in return, God would reward the people for their faith with nothing less than spectacular shows of His divine intervention. These shows often paralleled those of the Old Testament era with regard to their largesse and physical impossibility by natural means. And the fact remains that God still acts in such a manner, to this day, where icons are concerned.

Icons - Hidden, but Triumphant

The Theotokos of Kazan


You deigned to reveal Your face to me like a formless sun (Symeon the New Theologian).

According to Saint Pavel Florensky, icons should be the product of revelation, not mass production. Benedict XVI said the same thing. Some original icons have relics embedded in them. Others do not. Some are covered in part with precious stones and/or riza - a 'robe' or covering made of precious metal/s. Some are enshrined in a kiot, which is a beautifully hand-carved wooden frame that, not infrequently, costs as much as the icon due to its intricate work. Other icons are placed on a shelf in a prayer corner or hung on the wall. Some icons are adorned with a rushnyk - a hand-woven colored 'towel' with a distinctive pattern and that is used to handle the icon so as not to dirty it with oily fingerprints. Other icons are adorned with flowers. All icons, however, are the focus of veneration, fostering and facilitating prayer of the heart. They are also made to be kissed with love, the kisses given being transferred to the prototype.

"I love you, Mama"

In the home, the original icon is placed in the main room where the family gathers and which, preferably, faces east. This icon takes the place of what has become known these days as "your television." A pure beeswax candle made from the combs of hives is kept lit in front of the icon for the following reasons, according to Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite:

  1. To glorify God Who is both Light and Who has brought forth the Light of the world;
  2. As an offering to the depicted prototype;
  3. To denote that the light of Christ has dispelled all the darkness;
  4. To honor the martyrs for the Faith;
  5. To manifest the inner joy that may be present in our souls;
  6. To symbolize any good works we may have done; and 
  7. As a reminder that if we turn to God, our sins and the sins of those for whom we pray shall be forgiven and burned away.

All the colors in an icon have meaning; none of them are arbitrary. Here are some meanings of the most frequent colors that can be found in an original icon (Irina Yazykova):

  1. Red is the color of the earth, blood, sacrifice and royalty; 
  2. Blue denotes the divinity, the heavens, purity and having been chosen; 
  3. Green is the color of the Holy Spirit, eternal life and blossoming in God;
  4. White denotes the transfiguration, purity and the robes of those who do justice;
  5. Purple denotes royalty; whereas
  6. Black is the color of darkness, the grave and the abyss.
Darker shades of the above tend to indicate the impeccable brilliance of the Divine Light that has often been perceived by humanity as blinding darkness (i.e., the apophatic darkness). The gold or silver halo around the head of the depicted prototype also denote the Light and indicate that the person is a saint, angel or divine Person. Any persons portrayed without halos in icons have either not yet become saints or pertain to evil. 

A Brief Theology of Pure Beeswax Candles

"We venerate You, O God"

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God (Mt 5:8).

One hundred percent pure beeswax candles are used, to be lit in front of the icon - not 51% 'pure' as per the latest USCCB guidelines or something made out of paraffin that you buy at the Dollar Store. The main reasons for this are as follows, with some of the reasons coming from Saint Symeon of Thessaloniki:
  1. God the Father is the Provider. Everything that is offered to Him in an original icon written in accordance with traditional practice comes from the earth and its animals. No man-made materials are used. Even the brushes employed for painting the icon come from the tails of animals. The offering returned to God, therefore, when the icon is installed comes from His own provision to humankind. That is why only natural, primary materials should be employed. In a parallel manner, the candles used to light up the icon should come directly from the bees He created, not from secondary materials. Using candles of pure beeswax thus indicates one's faith that the Father will, indeed, provide during times of hardship for His people, the family or the person concerned, as He did without fail for the Israelites after their exodus from Egypt;
  2. The purity of the beeswax symbolizes the purity that should be in our hearts and souls. God is pure; He is Immaculate. As such He cannot live where the darkness of sin resides, even though He has never stopped intensely desiring to come and live not just with us, but in us - namely, in the very heart of our souls as He had lived in Adam and Eve during the first days of creation (albeit not in an identical manner), and as He has lived in a handful of human persons since then who have resided fully in the Divine Will;
  3. Beeswax candles give off a sweet, delicate scent. This scent is considered to symbolize the sweet aroma that should emanate from our souls as a result of divine grace;
  4. Candles made out of pure beeswax are supple, regardless of whether they are thick or thin. This quality thus symbolizes the flexibility that should characterize our hearts and souls until they have been made firm by the Gospel; and
  5. As the pure candles feed the flame while they burn, they symbolize our struggle on the Christian journey with the necessary, but beautiful, processes of purification, illumination and deification.
© Marcelle Bartolo-Abela, aka Bald Eagle.





Friday, June 16, 2017

All Your Shrine are Belong to Us

Another Idea That Sucks From Francis

The Bear has been asked by someone with the mistaken notion that the Bear might have some competency on this issue to comment on Pope Francis' "Sanctuaria in Ecclesia" Motu Proprio. 

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.

Having said that, the sad state of many shrines (such as Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, upon which the Bear has recently heaped abuse) make them immune to further degradation. In addition, one suspects that this action's primary effect will to be limited to launching self-congratulatory conferences and producing reams of gaseous documents of the sort we could any of us mock up at this point.

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

Instead of each shrine retaining its own beauty, character, and mission, it is conceivable that the eventual outcome could be to standardize them like a fast-food chain where a Frankie MacFrancis clown serves up the same bland mercy-burgers from Nagasaki to Marytown, Illinois. 

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

"Finally, in the Shrine, the doors are wide open to the sick, the disabled, and above all, the poor, the marginalized, refugees and migrants."

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." 

One instance of the ubiquitous word "mercy." When someone single-handedly turns one of the most wonderful words there is into a knee-jerk reaction of suspicion you have to hand it to him. Mercy does indeed play a huge role in the Christian religion. You would never know it from the empty buzzword Francis has turned it into. 

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.

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