October 8, 2016

Dear Jorge

Dear Jorge, 

Hey! How ya doin', Bud? It's really nice to see everyone lovin' ya, you know...it makes this Baby Boomer's heart flutter, as it seems to me the 60's and 70's have arrived in the Catholic Church - "Make Love, not war"; "I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony"; "Imagine there's no heaven. ...no countries, no possessions" and this beauty, "You may say I'm a dreamer..." All this is what you are wanting, is it not? Isn't this is your personal mantra; your belief, your ideology? Glad to see it's all working for you...  Yep. I'd say you are living the dream, no? I mean...molding and forming a big, out-dated, medieval and archaic conglomerate out of its Dark Ages and into the Modern Man era? It's hard to imagine that everyone - and I mean everyone - wouldn't be onboard with you.

I have to tell you, though - and don't take this personally  - but I can't be one of them. I know you don't really care about that, as you've already made known what you think, me being a Traditionalist and all. But no matter, you know I've "got your back" with my daily Rosary intentions. I still hope - and pray, obviously - that you'll come around to my way of thinking. But that's in your "God of surprises" hands, is it not? When that time comes, I hope that you are not all that surprised...and further still, pray that time comes before your Particular Judgement. Ah, ah...don't laugh, my Friend...despite all you do and hope to accomplish, that particular aspect of this medieval and archaic conglomerate  is still an extant teaching. At least, I think so. I haven't checked the Vatican homepage this morning...

Which begs a question as to why you leave all these past teachings intact, all the while you promote through your executive actions the exact opposite? For instance, I - and probably all Catholics - know that you want, approve and more or less demand Communion for the divorced and remarried sans annulment, but yet you leave intact the 6th and 9th Commandments, the strong words of Our Lord against adultery in the Bible as well as the various Saints and prior Papal documents against it. Wouldn't it clear the air for all concerned if you simply wrote and promulgated another Papal document that negated all these that conflict with your desires? Just asking, man...hope you're not offended...don't mean to be judgemental, but it is a fair question, isn't it? I know I'm repeating what I've written before, Jorge, but you have never answered...why?

I also - and again, please don't be offended - but I'm getting tired of seeing your picture plastered all over the newswires, day in and day out - don't you ever sleep, my friend? You aren't that photogenic after all - a clown nose, really?? Can you imagine me posting daily pictures of myself in the blogosphere, in various good will poses, in the same white robe/black shoes outfit? Couldn't you at least shake things up a bit and wear a different pair of shoes? Red ones, would be good, don't you think? White and Red are always good companion colors. After all, they have symbolic meanings: White = Purity and Red = Blood (as in Martyrs and Our Lord's Passion). Wouldn't that shake things up a bit!! Hey, now that I think of it, didn't your predecessor's of old wear red shoes? Everyone seemed to like it, and it's all about being liked nowadays, is it not? I can't wait to see your next photo!! Surprise me!

More seriously, though, I really can't get too excited about all that you're doing - chalk it up to my faulty upbringing, I suppose. My parents must have been radicalized in their youth and  gifted me with that same radicalization. But, you know...all that radicalization makes sense: Clarity. Order. Discipline. Universality. Forgiveness (but forgiveness with mercy and justice). And most importantly - Hierarchy. Hierarchy with God and Christ at the top, me at the bottom and you, remember, in between. I sometimes think that you think that you are at the top...but you aren't, really. You do know that, right, Jorge? You do know that you are only a caretaker of sorts, correct? That you cannot change the basic foundation of this medieval and archaic conglomerate, without changing its Divine and Salvific origins? You have to remember that its founding members restricted it to all those who willingly enter by its narrow gates, and not to those who simply walk in at the open borders? That it is we - the common ordinary peoples of the world - who must change and NOT this medieval and archaic conglomerate? Remember these prophetic words uttered by your Boss (which you have chosen not to abrogate, at least not yet: "Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat." and "Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able." 

Take it or leave, Jorge...but I'd be concerned about getting fired for not following the Boss's directives. You're only the CEO, ya know; your Boss, however, is Chairman-in-Perpetuity, with the exception that he will always own the conglomerate you represent and therefore can never lose control nor have it or the conglomerate wrested from him. He seems to me to be pretty strict, at least as it regards the foundation of his company. So...be careful. Forewarned is forearmed, they say. I'll keep praying for ya, to be sure!

Well, I have to get moving..have to go to the grocery store, balance the checkbook, etc. Hey! do I wish I had my very own personal bank like you do...it would sure make my financial statement look tons better! After 6 years of paying for this unwanted divorce and annulment (remember? I sent you an appeal and your court denied it? Remember that?) I could sure use the extra cash! Hah! Hah!

Anyway, I "gotta git" as they say. But I'll leave you with this promise, Jorge: I'll always keep praying for you and your "good" intentions and that you will someday find it easier to gulp more and just follow your Boss's directives a bit more religiously...it will certainly make your life easier, in some regards, and you will most certainly find many more "friends in low places"...true friends who have nothing but your best interests at heart, along with your Salvation. You might loose a few of your friends in your current entourage, but believe me, the return on your investment will be much greater - and who knows, but you might even "convert" a few dozen of those purported friends. 

At the least, I'll see less of your mug in the papers! HAH! HAH!

Kindest Regards, 

Dave





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