In the for what it's worth category, notorious arctophobe Michael Voris. Watch the whole thing. Does he sort of say we're to blame for believing what the Pope says?
The Bear will make this short and sweet.
One man is entirely responsible for the papal logorrhea on airplanes. That is currently Pope Francis. Given the confusion he generates, and his helplessness to resist the lure of microphones, the Bear respectfully invites his Holiness' attention to the example of Ulysses and the sirens. The Greek hero was just as helpless against the sirens as Pope Francis is against microphones. Ulysses ordered his crew to lash him to the mast, and not let him go, no matter what.
In similar fashion, Pope Francis must order his security detail to handcuff him to his first-class seat, and not let him anywhere near the microphones, no matter how much he pleads.
Or -- and this is a crazy idea -- the Pope simply does not invite reporters onto his airplane. The Bear is not aware of any provision of Canon Law that requires a Pope to fly around with a gaggle of reporters. Are they some sort of ballast? Have the pilot descend to 10,000 feet, open a door and pitch them into the Atlantic like Jonah. Shouldn't take more than a couple of flights.
And the Bear will virtually bite the face off of anyone who employs the argument that "it's non-magisterial, it doesn't matter." Yes, the Bear has used that argument himself, but he was wrong. (And he can hardly bite his own face off.)
When the Pope opens his yap, HE IS TEACHING. When Fr. Lombardi follows up with a confirmatory press release, the Church is TEACHING. It is completely foreseeable that people will RELY ON MORAL TEACHINGS THAT COME OUT OF THE POPE'S PIE HOLE. And when one of his commissions comes out with a "non-magisterial" press release to much applause, THE CHURCH IS TEACHING. Don't tell the Bear it's not "magisterial." You think the average Catholic, let alone some reporter, knows the difference between "magisterial" and a magistrate? So, whether it's "magisterial" or not, it does count. Big time.
It's the 21st century, people, not the 10th. The neat little lines between magisterial teaching and just standing in the aisle of an airplane making crap up have been erased forever. Frankly, it's prissy to insist on a difference when your difference won't mean crap to 99% of the Catholics who are being infected with lousy moral theology, or junk science. All because we have a pope with a lot of crackpot ideas he just can't wait to share with every single person on the planet. Call the Bear wrong on this.
Pope Francis seems to teach more junk in this way than can reasonably be accounted for by mere ignorance. Not only when he rambles into the beguiling microphones, but we also get slick, professionally produced "intentions videos" that we have all seen and discussed. Every shoe that drops points in the same direction.
Pope Francis has recently carelessly relied on an urban legend about St. Pope Paul VI allowing nuns in the Congo to use contraceptives. Then he stirred in some folk moral theology about the lesser of two evils. Federico Lombardi mixed in the almighty conscience, contained in his confirmation of the nuns story. Which, by that point, can only be called a lie, unless the Vatican press office has no obligation to confirm the hoaxes that it passes off as the truth to trusting Catholics.
Yep, the Pope just improvised doctrine on one of the most sensitive issues in the Church today, and his man in Rome nailed down any objections like the good reptile he is, the serpent being the original model for his function. We are being played for suckers, and no one is the bigger sucker and accomplice than he who waves his hand and says, "it doesn't matter what people believe; it's not magisterial."
SCRUMCH! That was the sound of a Bear virtually biting your face off.
Okay, maybe not so short and sweet, nor very Lenten, but the Bear trusts he has made his point.