In 99% of his videos, Michael Voris is spot on with the Vortex "where lies and falsehoods are trapped and exposed". However, he seems to be giving some misstatements a pass if they issue forth from Pope Francis. Not only that, but he continues to chide those of us who call out inanities and distortions, regardless of source. Logical fallacies abound in this and I'll try to unpack as best as I can.
First, he seems to think that the only ones noticing the miscues of Pope Francis are "extreme left" and "extreme right". That's simply not true; every now and then Voris intimates that he himself has noticed them (See 2:58-3:03, 3:10-3:13, 4:30). In artificially dividing them into two camps of either progressive liberals or sedevacantists without acknowledging any honorable motives on the part of us who also see the problems, he demonizes us.
He correctly states the reactions of "the right" and "the left". The "right" (and he seems to be lumping faithful Catholics and sedevacantists together) are displeased with various misstatements on the part of the Holy Father. He rightly says that these same misstatements cause jubilation on the part of the "left". Then he says "both camps are wrong". Does it not dawn on Voris that they are reacting to the very same misstatements? Both camps are having their typical reactions precisely because they have the same understanding of the Holy Father's pronouncements. And just why, oh why, do these folks of widely differing perspectives read Pope Francis in the same manner? Is it logical to assume that all these vastly differing people have identical perspectives on the Holy Father? Or does the cause for such "interpretation" lie in the message itself?
So poor Pope Francis is just so misunderstood (see 5:50)? Funny! As I said in a previous post, I don't recall the previous two pontiffs having such a difficult time making their messages plainly understood. In fact, the left hated these two men precisely because there was no hint of ambiguity (or nuance as Cdl Dolan calls it) to their words. They also knew better than to give interviews. Now why does this Pope continue to give interviews, after all the debacles that have resulted in this first year alone? That's a fair question and I offer it for consideration.
At 3:48-4:15, Voris launches into those on "the right", stating that all in this group attack the Holy Father as a person. That's simply not true. In artificially lumping people into two categories, Voris seems to be accusing those of us voicing concern over the Holy Father's imprudent utterances and who pray for the pope and plead with him to do what it takes to ensure that no obstacles to the Faith arises from his pronouncements. The Holy Father has had a year now to get the proper Vatican staff in place and yet the gaffes continue to emanate from the Vatican. It is not an "attack on the Pope" to state plainly that this buck stops at his desk. I don't know about these emails to which Voris alludes; I trust what he says is the case - but that is no cause to demonize us all. And yes, he does so precisely because he doesn't acknowledge that those of us who take issue with the Holy Father's pronouncements may have the good of the Church at heart.
Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia. That is the truth - and therein lies a key problem. If billions of people are hearing garbled messages from the Pope, they will understandably believe that the teachings of Jesus Christ are likewise incomprehensible. We know that there are different levels of papal pronouncements and that interviews don't rise to the level of pronouncements at all. Still that is the image that an uncatechized world sees. I join with thousands of other faithful Catholics in loudly urging the Holy Father to tidy up his presentation and pointing out to him the havoc he wrecks by his careless utterances. If Michael Voris cares not to join us in this effort, I've no problem with that. I do take issue with Vortexes such as this that undermine our message.
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