Regrettably Michael Voris issued an apology for reporting on Cardinal Burke's comments last week. If you go here, you'll see the video is no longer working; he took it down. My friend at Les Femmes saw this apology before I did. I say AMEN! to all her comments and I too pledge NOT to succumb to a false clericalism that refuses to acknowledge the obvious problems issuing forth from this papacy. Contrary to what Voris says, we do not have to "comb through" everything the Pope says to find statements that, at best, obfuscate the faith. In fact, it takes much more effort and mental gymnastics to pretend that we are not being continuously bombarded with oddities. If nothing else, I want to assure others that they need now bow before the "god of surprises".
I have to wonder about something. He seems to believe that his reporting of Cardinal Burke's all-too-accurate assessments somehow "harmed the Church". But he merely reported what the Cardinal said. Are we to surmise from this "apology" that he believes that Cardinal Burke harmed the Church by stating that the Pope was doing harm by not standing for the Faith? If not, where's the alleged harm?
I also couldn't help but notice a parallel between this and another situation that happened about six weeks ago. Consider: this past Friday Voris published his report on Cardinal Burke's remarks. A few days later it was pulled down. Yet another few days later he issues an apology. Does it sound familiar yet? Here's a hint: Msgr Charles Pope!
By the time I became aware of Msgr Pope's reaction to Cardinal Dolan's stance regarding the St Patrick's gay parade, his blog post - rightly critical of Cdl Dolan - had been pulled. Fortunately LifeSiteNews and others saved it so I was able to save it. So, like Voris, Msgr Pope posts an article and then it's pulled down! Then - like Voris - Msgr Pope apologized for his previous post. Even the timing of events is almost identical.
Now if one reads Pope's apology very closely, one can detect that he apologized under duress, probably from the Archdiocese of Washington. Their server does host his blog and he is a priest of that diocese (just happens to be mine as well). Now a question for which we may never receive an answer: was Voris's apology influenced by some outside entity? Perhaps I'm just speculating, but one must admit the other similarities are quite striking.
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