Friday, December 23, 2011

Michael Voris not Catholic?! What's Wrong with this Picture?

Michael Voris isn’t “Catholic”?! Thus reads a statement (thank you, Fr. Z) from the Archdiocese of Detroit:
The Archdiocese has informed Mr. Voris and Real Catholic TV, RealCatholicTV.com, that it does not regard them as being authorized to use the word “Catholic” to identify or promote their public activities.
Are you kidding me?


If Michael Voris’s views, as he shares them on the Vortex and the other programming on RealCatholicTV, are not Catholic, then
·         woodchucks don’t chuck wood
·         birds don’t fly
·         Abe Lincoln wasn’t honest
·         the sky isn’t blue
·         bears do not poop in the woods
·         dew does not fall from heaven
·         the Pope is not Catholic
and I’ll eat my chapel veil.
I find it scandalous for a Diocese to declare that Michael Voris cannot call his organization Catholic.
In fact, I think it’s even more scandalous than allowing all those questionably "catholic" hospitals, colleges, universities, and dissident groups to include “Catholic” in their titles.
I am practically speechless. But I won't be for long, and I will have more to say on this subject.

UPDATE:

Be sure to see this article from LifeSiteNews, which includes this note:
There is however an interesting twist to this story. Michael Voris, while he may be the star of RealCatholicTV’s programming, is not the owner of the website. The owner is Marc Brammer who lives in South Bend Indiana in the diocese of Bishop Kevin Rhoades.
Brammer told LifeSiteNews, “I own RealCatholicTV.com. I contracted with Michael Voris to produce video content for that website and I pay him for it. It is a business relationship between me and Michael. If all of a sudden now there’s this tussle over the use of the word ‘Catholic’ I’ll deal with it through competent ecclesial authority.”

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5 comments:

  1. I can think of a whole lot of "catholic" organizations that ought to be made to comply long before Real Catholic TV

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  2. Michael has done great service for the Church. For real change to result, the entrenched management in our diocese would necessarily push back. Michael rocks!

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  3. Technically, the Abp is correct; the competent ecclesial authority controls the use of the term "Catholic" in all ventures. (Leave aside the South Bend/Detroit dichotomy).

    I suspect that Voris was slapped upside the head because of his willingness and ability to expose wacked-out Bishops and priests, and do it in no uncertain terms. Bishops don't like it when one of their own is shown to be a nincompoop, either doctrinally or in other ways.

    IMHO, tough cookies. The Bp of El Paso got far more respectful treatment than he deserves.

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  4. The Archdiocese of Detroit also opposed Real Catholic TV.com’s understanding of other religions and Christian communities. Vorris affirms the dogma outside the church there is no salvation.
    The case is similar to that of apologist Robert Sungenis of Catholic Apologetics International (CAI). His former bishop asked him to remove the name Catholic from CAI. Robert was also being opposed by the Jewish Left while his bishop was unable to say in public that Jews need to convert into the Church for salvation.
    Robert Sungenis’ bishop of Bishop Kevin Rhoades who is now the bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, USA where the owner of Real Catholic TV.com lives. He is Marc Brammar who has written to the bishop and received no reply.
    Wikipedia and other hit media have reported that Sungenis had been criticized by the his bishop, Kevin Rhoades and was asked to remove the name Catholic.
    Michael Vorris has indicated that the pressure on the Archdiocese of Detroit has come also from outside the diocese. He seemed to be indicating the same non Catholic opponents of Sungenis.
    Would the Archdiocese also not accept the conclusion of the following report on the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
    Tuesday, January 10, 2012
    ERRORS IN THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: OUTSIDE THE CHURCH NO SALVATION
    http://eucharistandmission.blogspot.com/2012/01/errors-in-catechism-of-catholic-church.html#links

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  5. According to canon law, no one may use the term "Catholic" without the approval of the bishop.

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