Watch this strange Michael Voris Vortex episode carefully.
He does not really defend the Pope so much as attempt to shame bloggers out of their "third-rate" commentary. The Pope, says Voris, is not going to change, and not even the Vatican knows what he is saying, so "take a chill pill" and zip it.
The problem is that the Pope can do tremendous damage in this day and age without officially contradicting Church teachings. Every news cycle is another battle in the planetary war for souls. A single careless statement can demoralize the faithful, embolden the infidels, and sow confusion. We need the Pope to be circumspect and on message.
This is a lesson the Pope refuses to learn. Why?
Of course bloggers should be careful of their facts. But when the Pope grants informal interviews and holds forth on topics that matter to the Church, bloggers are going to comment. That is what bloggers do, you know, Michael.
All of us, bloggers, prelates and popes, should remember this: "In the multitude of words there shall not want sin." Proverbs 10:19. And this:
If anyone does not fall short in speech, he is a perfect man, able to bridle his whole body also. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide their whole bodies. 4 It is the same with ships: even though they are so large and driven by fierce winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot’s inclination wishes. 5 In the same way the tongue is a small member and yet has great pretensions. Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze. 6 The tongue is also a fire. It exists among our members as a world of malice, defiling the whole body and setting the entire course of our lives on fire, itself set on fire by Gehenna.
Or in the words of Billy Joel, we didn't start the fire, no we didn't ignite it, but we're trying to fight it.