Voris: Now Okay to Criticize Francis
As the Bear watched the Vortex "Pope Benedict's Fingerprints," he was shocked at what can only be called vitriol toward the Pope Emeritus.
The first thing that struck the Bear, though was Voris' saying that Pope Benedict piled up the dynamite and Pope Francis lit the fuse. He also admitted unspecified "problems" with Pope Francis' papacy. So the "don't criticize Pope Francis policy" has been dropped, at least to that extent.
You Missed Hitler Youth, Michael
Most of the Vortex was a hate-fest toward Pope Emeritus Benedict. Voris was brutal in condemning Benedict for "abandoning" the flock to "wolves he himself let in." (Ironically, Voris included Pope Francis in this pack of wolves.) Benedict was also criticized (along with St. Pope John Paul II) with creating many of today's troublemaking cardinals. Including the biggest troublemaker of them all, Jorge Bergoglio, whom Voris mentioned by name.
The SODDI Defense
So now that the that defense of Pope Francis is no longer credible, Voris opens phase two: deflect the blame to Pope Emeritus Benedict. Oh, and also to ignorant bloggers who have no "secular experience," whatever that means. (The Bear has secular experience in print and radio journalism, as well as law.)
In defending Pope Francis, which seems to be the one and only mission of Church Militant TV now, Voris implied that Benedict lied about his health to get out of the papacy, called his retirement "possibly immoral," called his retirement a "cataclysm" that may take centuries to fix, said Benedict as a father, abandoned his children, and blamed the whole Synod on him, not Francis. The classic SODDI defense: some other dude did it.
But what was truly shocking was what can only be called disgust, even hatred directed toward Pope Emeritus Benedict. Anticipating objections, he gleefully pointed out that Benedict was no longer a pope, so he could say whatever he wanted about him. However, unless Michael Voris knows for a fact that Benedict was in good health when he resigned, he may very well be committing sins of calumny and detraction.
Sometimes you have to wonder about Michael Voris' health. He is capable of a good show, but, every once in awhile, we get a bizarre rant. Maybe he needs a new producer. If Terry Carroll still reads this blog, Mr. Carroll, the Bear respectfully tenders his opinion that we've had a couple of very strange Vortex episodes lately. Something is wrong, and it's showing.
Personally, the Bear liked Pope Benedict XVI's bear on his coat of arms, but he was always the German theologian. Some love him for making it possible for some to use the old liturgy, but the Bear cares not for such things. The Bear remembers not caring for his Jesus books, but could not say why, now. The Bear liked Pope Benedict, because he seemed to be popely and relatively conservative. He was not, however, the man the hour seemed to call for.
The Bear thinks it is hilarious that Michael Voris is protecting Pope Francis by blaming Pope Emeritus Benedict for opening the door by first advising St. Pope John Paul II to make him a cardinal; then secondly by retiring, and making his election possible. Yep, Pope Francis may be a snake, goes this argument, but it's all Pope Benedict's fault that he was permitted to slither onto the throne of Peter.
As a defense, that doesn't pass the straight face test, Michael. Even if someone buys it, all you've done is create two guilty men. Juries are cool with that, and will punish whomever is available.
From someone with a whole lot of secular experience.