"Pope Francis is harming the Church," quoth Michael Voris in his professional broadcaster's "headline voice." Of course, as you now probably know, the quote is from Cardinal Burke, our own Cardinal Ottaviani. Things are moving fast, faster than a pony with a Bear after it. So we'll do this in snapshot format.
You know in his heart of hearts, Michael Voris has felt that Pope Francis is harming the Church. It must have been very satisfying for him to, at long last, say it, even if they were someone else's words. The Bear does not expect this to signal a change from the "hey, nobody toucha the pope, capice?" policy. If anything, there is less reason now than before, after the Pope appears to be hoist on his own petard.
Cardinal Kasper and Edison-Talking-Machine-gate. This was his big show, one more chance to send his dodgy German theology down the Rhine and into the Tiber like a leaky WWI U Boat. Then, one of the least unfortunate remarks he makes triggers an outright lie.
Do people past a certain age (in Cardinal Kasper's case 81) really not just assume they're being recorded? Perhaps he did not recognize the iPhone's capabilities, and assumed he could tell Africa "don't call us, we'll call you." Talk about an unforced error. It certainly did not enhance his credibility. Maybe the Bergoglio circle assumes all journalists operate by the Scalfari rules -- no recording, no notes.
Cardinal Burke, on the other hand, was dignified and straightforward. Here is an Israelite in whom there is no guile! He was critical of the synod and -- in a measured way -- critical of the Pope. Suddenly it wasn't just crazies who had reservations about Pope Francis' agenda! He probably won't change any minds, but it's nice to be validated by someone of his stature, isn't it?
As for the synod cheerleaders, well, the cheer must be pretty complicated now to cover secrecy, lies, palace plots, not to mention sharp deviations from Catholic teaching.
Hey, hey, ho, ho,
Africans have got to go!
It wasn't me, no, no,
I never said they have to go!
Ho, ho, hey, hey,
We must value what is gay!
Marriage eight or marriage nine?
Step in the communion line!
So, at the end of the synod, what do we know that we didn't know going in?
The Bear thinks we correctly smelled the intent months ago, but we -- at the least the Bear -- were surprised at both the boldness and ineptness. We accept that Roman games are played by old men, but perhaps some are just a little too old for such a revolution.
Before the synod we had suspicions, and our instincts were sound. What's different is we have evidence. If soon-to-be canonized Pope Paul VI was Hamlet, kindly old Grandfather Bergogilo has been unmasked as Nixon.
Finally, we must not forget these are determined men carried by the wave of worldly opinion who know time is running out. We have not heard the last of homosexual acceptance, and communion for divorced and remarried for one reason: Pope Francis wants those things very badly and will do anything to get them.
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