As I've posted before, my brother has a lens through which he views the state of the Church: "How do my Lucky Charms taste?"*
He first used the term about nine months ago when he was wondering aloud why he seemed to feel out of sorts in a wide range of areas. My response was somewhat flippant but fairly immediate:
"It's this pope, man. He's ruining everything!"
"That's so true! Ever since Benedict resigned, even my Lucky Charms don't taste right."
And so, from then on, we've had the Lucky Charms-o-Meter. (tm)
Kicking things around today, we tried to sum it up this way:
We've got areas of St. Louis where you literally can't go, where the streets are blocked off with regular presence of police in riot gear and angry mobs. Now in the Shaw neighborhood police can't protect themselves even when fired upon. We've got Ebola and enterovirus running around, with porous borders seemingly designed to cause it to spread. Speaking of porous borders, we are letting in waves of people who can't be quickly assimilated. The economy is propped up by printing money and hiding the reality of real inflation and unemployment numbers, with nearly half of everyone dependent on government hand outs. The whole thing could collapse anytime. The homosexual agenda can't be stopped, and pretty soon it will be a crime to act like you're a Catholic. Our own bishops, and the pope, too, are meeting for some reason to undermine Catholic teaching and cut the legs out from under our efforts to defend the family, marriage and the Eucharist. The entire abdication and election events are surrounded by enough weirdness to make it plausible to wonder what's going on, whether everything is actually as it seems. And we have Francis going around insulting faithful Catholics for doing what Catholics have always done, and believing what Catholics have always believed. He has no problem with any heretic or degenerate, but faithful Catholics seemed to irritate him greatly. The press and the world just loooove him. It seems like there might be ten to twenty bishops in the whole world who are standing firm for the faith, and every one of them is in the crosshairs for demotion and ridicule. All the while heterodox bishops are ascendant. Oh, and we're getting close to a hundred years after Fatima, the US is picking fights with Russia (and everyone else), China menaces, ISIS is taking over regions and Christians are everywhere in retreat, and Europe is dechristanized. Oh, and we have two bishops in white living in Rome like it's no big deal.
It's getting so you can't choke down your Lucky Charms.
How do yours taste these days?
*Yes, this strongly implies that a grown man eats Lucky Charms.