There's no doubt that Pope Francis did encourage such progressive thinking due to his extemporaneous interviews and disregard of papal traditions. No one can gainsay that, not even Michael Voris. However, today Voris goes through great mental and logical contortions to absolve the pope of any responsibility for this mess. This is not the first time that Voris has made such vain attempts; I rebutted them at the time and now I'll have to do so again.
- At 3:50, Voris states that the pope's "own media people have been a disaster, failing him on every score". Well then, why does the pope retain them? It's been well over a year now and still the pope hasn't cleaned out that communication office of his. Some opine that the pope desires that aura of confusion; that opinion has basis.
- At 4:40, speaking about the pope's "gang of nine" closest advisers, he says "a general is only as good as his first officers". True enough. The responsible general knows this and will ensure that he is surrounded by competent men. Instead, the pope picked men like Maradiaga and Kasper. Can he possibly claim ignorance of their proclivities? No - not given the length of time he spent as bishop and cardinal himself.
- Following that, at 4:52, Voris goes into the pope's "governing style" saying that the pope surrounds himself with people whom he personally likes and avoids those whom he doesn't. That is NOT just a mere preference of style, but the epitome of irresponsibility. When one is about the serious task of governance - in this case the shepherding of millions of souls for their eternal salvation, they must select their assistants based on their assistants' abilities and vision in carrying out the mission - not based on trivialities such as personal likes and affinities. We might expect children to do the latter, not vicars of Christ.
- At 5:25, Voris says of the pope, "many of those around him who are decidedly progressive and heterodox on various points may be actually using him Being "used" or putting up the appearance of being used? Are we really supposed to believe that the pope is such a dear, sweet, naive little bumpkin as to allow himself to be used? C'mon! How long has he been bishop and cardinal before going to the Vatican? He's been "around the block" too many times for us to buy this "being used" poppycock! He's a big boy now! He owns the mess he's creating! In the words on that plaque in President Truman's office, "the buck stops here"! As much as Voris disdains criticism of the pope, does he realize how patronizing and condescending he sounds towards the pope?
- The following is the crux of Voris' presentation so I'll break out of the bullets now
- I've said this several times before when Voris tried to scold those of us who criticize the pope's words and actions. To raise these valid points is NOT equivalent to "slamming the pope".
- I suspect Wuerl et al are trying to silence us and to inhibit our questioning by implying that we "just don't like this pope". Is it Voris who is playing into their hands by rehashing his call from several months ago for us to shut up?
One of his closing statements was that due to the machinations of the progressives, the pope has "little maneuvering room". What difference does that make? Why cannot the pope just do his job and promulgate the Teachings of Jesus Christ and give the results of that fidelity into the hands of God? Why is that so complicated? No doubt it would take courage but that is his responsibility.
The title of the Vortex video is "Failed Papacy". I don't know about that. I do know that up till now, this papacy has been one friggin disaster: from clown-nose selfies to "who am I to judge" to muslims praying to "allah" in the Vatican to telling adulterers they can receive Holy Communion - I could go on and on with this. But after next week he will still be pope. What will he do with the rest of his papacy? This is cause for prayer for us, that he will make something of his papacy and do something for Christ's hurting and bruised Church. Now the video..