Steve Skojec at his blog takes aim at the endless excuses many Catholic commentators come up with to ignore the obvious:
Is anyone else getting really, really tired of this game?
Pope Francis consistently says things that cause serious concern among Catholics who know what the Church teaches. No sooner have the words left his mouth (and of course, been reported on far and wide) than the spin machine goes into high gear – powered in large part by Catholic bloggers who make a living promoting the status quo within the Church (no conflict of interest there!) — telling us why we should not worry about the obviously controversial thing because of one of the following reasons:
- It’s a translation issue
- It’s a contextual issue
- When he said “X” it’s clear that he probably meant “Y”
- The source is unreliable
- The information is not first-hand
- We must look at the issue through the Argentinian cultural lens
- The media is misrepresenting what he said
- He contradicted himself in another thing that he said during a homily last week
- Fr. Lombardi says it ain’t true
Take your pick. There are probably others. I imagine the Catholic apologists in the tank for this nonsense have a sort of flow chart they pass around every time they add a new option. “Did the Pope speak in Italian? –> IF YES, it’s not his native language. Lost in Translation. IF NO…”
It’s a spin-the-wheel sort of system. Maybe there’s a papal 8-ball out there (in white, of course) where you shake it up and it gives you a series of half-believable reasons why whatever he said wasn’t really heterodox. Across the spectrum of Catholic publications and social media, it’s become a giant excuse-making enterprise. Almost like the Pope Francis edition of whack-a-mole.
You’ll have to excuse my sarcasm. I’m starting to find this all incredibly offensive, and insulting to the collective intelligence of Catholics who see what is really going on.
Go here to read the rest. It is deeply ironic that Pope Francis is causing problems for many people who take Papal utterances quite seriously and is celebrated by many people with a long history of not paying the slightest heed to what a Pope says. No amount of excuse making by well meaning Catholic bloggers can alter the reality of what is transpiring. Clicking one’s heels and wishing real hard only works in Oz.