If you're not going to talk about Pope Francis, then, please, do not waste the Bear's time with your ideas about anything going on in the Church today.
Yeah, it's great to talk about Australian priest, Father Tattersall standing up to the idea of an Australian synod. He wrote this, and more:
As in the case of the Synods on the Family, it will be carefully prepared and conducted so as to exclude - or at least marginalise - any views that do not conform to the clichéd expressions of worldliness that pass for insight and compassion, in a tired restoration of a Church adrift in the 1970s…. Any doubt about this should be dispelled by a keynote address recently delivered by Bishop Vincent Long (newly advanced by Pope Francis to the Diocese of Parramatta), who is always attentive to prevailing trends:
Whose creature was the Synod on the Family that Fr. Tattersall is so critical of? Who made Vincent Long a Bishop? Bishop Long who wrote this endless, loopy message? (Warning, the Bear would rather have burning thorns stuck in his eyes before re-reading it.) If the Bear were Pope do you think he would appoint someone like that as a bishop?
It's the one person some who imagine themselves to be "journalists" will not mention. To those people, the Bear says, gently, you can make yourself look like journalists, but if you draw a line beyond which you will not go to reach the truth, you are decidedly not journalists. The Bear respects your scruples. But you do understand they disqualify you as a journalist, do you not? If you are really a journalist, how would you not understand this?
The Bear recently wrote how Pope Francis was irrelevant to him. A "journalist" whose scruples prevent him from writing honestly about Pope Francis, who is, journalistically speaking, driving much of what is so wrong in the Church, is doubly irrelevant to the Bear.
In truth, it is the Bear who is a journalist, or, more properly, a commentator, even though, as a Bear, he does not look anything like one. He does not have a degree in theology, but did earn a living as a small market radio news director. (He did not win any Emmys, however. He's not sure Bears are allowed to.) You think credibly delivering a farm report on pigs is easy?
The Bear would rather have his salmon delivered in small amounts from loyal friends, rather than someone writing a big check. Because if that were the situation, the Bear would totally write whatever some millionaire told him to. Just being honest; Bears have no scruples. The Bear's studio is wherever he puts his laptop down. His staff is a yorkie named Buster who contributes a bit of moral support to the mission. And Red Death, who contributes by not killing the Bear. Every day.
That's it. Which is probably why SCB is admittedly such a pathetic and slipshod example of an ephemeris. But the Bear will follow the evidence wherever it goes, and comment on it as honestly (and entertainingly) as he can. The Bear believes you know that, and that's probably why you're here.