As told here, Michael Voris has used one of his live Mic'd Up programs to slam news and opinion outlets he considers to the "right" of Michael Voris.
What is this all about?
Here it is in a nutshell: Michael Voris will expose, criticize and ridicule any bishop of the Catholic Church who fails to adhere to his own conservative sensibilities. That is mostly what his flagship program, The Vortex, does, day after day. Michael Voris cannot stand the "Church of Nice," (i.e. ordinary Novus Ordo parishes) nor the weak, compliant and corrupt bishops who lead them. However, Michael Voris can't bear to lay any mistake or misdeed at the feet of the Pope.
Hence we have Christine Niles of CMTV saying at least some forms of criticism of the Pope were "just unacceptable." Michael Voris interjects an "amen."
Michael Voris is the furthermost right of legitimate Catholicism. Everyone to the left is despised as the "Church of Nice," and everyone to the right is dismissed as reactionaries.
It is very narrow spectrum of opinion, if you think about it!
Now, Michael Voris and the rest at CMTV know the problems with Pope Francis as well as anyone. They admit (albeit in a sort of hypothetical way) all the problems we talk about concretely here at SCB. So it isn't that they are fans of Francis (as far as the Bear can tell), or do not cringe at his mistakes.
The ostensible reason for Michael Voris and his people to ignore Pope Francis is that if media powerhouses like CMTV, or The Remnant, start pecking at the Pope, in no time people will desert the Church for more appealing havens, such as SSPX, whom they dismiss as "schismatic."
Mr. Voris also characterized the Catholic blogosphere by putting both hands by his head and making rapid "talking gestures" while babbling -- apparently suggesting ill-informed chatter by hysterical malcontents.
Mr. Voris was quick to point out that the Pope could never err in doctrinal matters, other people do not understand infallibility, and the Pope can entertain and even express wrong ideas on a human level.
Fair enough. But the answer to that is: Mr. Voris, with all due respect, where have you been the last fifty years? Has it been changes in doctrine that have all but destroyed the Church? Or has it been everything but doctrine that has undermined our worship, polluted Catholic culture, and confused the faithful? The Pope does not have to infallibly change doctrine to do mischief! Indeed, why would he, when he can use "gradualism," and "compassion" to change the implications of existing doctrine until the same words mean the opposite?
The Bear isn't sure where Mr. Voris is coming from with regard to the Pope. The risk of driving people to SSPX seems small to the Bear.
But to pretend that the Pope cannot harm the Church so long as he does not exercise his infallibility is ludicrous. If adulterers are welcomed to the communion line, one may be sure it will not have been because any doctrine has been changed. Indeed, the Church will take pains to explain that nothing has really changed, but our times demand an enlargement of compassion, not following the letter of the law in some picky way that doesn't meet human needs.
One supposes Michael Voris and Church Militant TV will pass over all that in silence, unless they can blame the Bishop of Poughkeepsie, instead of the Bishop of Rome.
The irony of what you are reading right now is that the Bear isn't what you would call a "traditionalist," not in the way traditionalists would recognize, anyway. He doesn't think Francis is not really the Pope, and can personally take or leave the Latin Mass. He tells everyone at least once a week to "nail your foot to the floor in front of your favorite pew and die there."
But to adopt a policy of ignoring Pope Francis short of him infallibly declaring the Moon to be made of green cheese is unsupportable in a Western institution. If God wanted robots blindly obeying the big cheese in every tiny detail, no matter how ridiculous or harmful, He would have not a pope in Rome, but an imam, and there would be a great big mosque where St. Peter's sits, around which we would all deliriously orbit.
It is clear where the loyalties of Michael Voris and CMTV lie. The Bear certainly doesn't fault them for being loyal, even if he thinks loyalty has its limits. It's the narrowness of their moral vision that is a bit surprising. Does Michael Voris really think that he occupies the narrow channel of truth, and anyone to the left or the right is running into the rocks? Why pick a fight with The Remnant now? (Although that has been bubbling for awhile now.) [Update: and why pick on a poor old Bear? See comments. Terry Carroll is a CMTV spokesman.]
Peter is not the Church. Peter is not the Bride of Christ. Peter is not Red Queen who cries, "Off with his head!" at the wrong word. Peter is a more or less flawed person with a great deal of authority and influence that he can use for good or evil. When he uses it (innocently or not) to the detriment of Church, God must judge between whose who side with Christ's Chuch, and those who side with the Pope. These are very unusual times, and may God be merciful to all persons of good will.
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