"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
Whether we wish to admit it or
not, Professor Gregory Baum played a significant role at the Second Vatican
Council. We cannot rewrite history.
The many things and errors
attributed to him at present are unjustified. Those like Michael Voris who wish
to blame Professor Baum for things that went wrong with the application of the
Second Vatican Council are dishonest and completely incorrect.
He then cites the statement by the Archdiocese of Detroit from
December of 2011 that “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.” (I posted some thoughts
on that issue here
Fr. Rosica then informs us that:
When the name “Catholic” is
removed from one’s public activity and work, this is a very serious matter.
Having known for some time of Michael Voris’ background, it is a story that invites
us not into anger and rage, but into profound pity and prayer for him, and all
those who have found his method, style and content significant for their lives.
C’mon, Fr. Rosica. I don't think it was a "serious matter" at all, when one gathered all the facts. If one examines the issue around the name of “Real Catholic TV”, one finds that there was never any accusation that what Michael Voris was teaching was in any way contrary to Church teaching.But it is certainly a "serious matter" for
a priest to be an active and vocal dissenter from Church teaching on a number
of core issues. Or to be laicized, and then marry, and then divorce.
Fr. Rosica continues:
I have celebrated mass [sic]
for Michael Voris this past weekend. May the Lord help him realize what he is
doing. May the Lord heal him from the sadness and unreconciled heart that
produces such Unchristian, virulent, slanderous behavior and disrespect for
Hmm…that’s nice. And I’ll bet Michael Voris has prayed a
very similar prayer for Fr. Rosica! I know I have.
There’s an excellent commentary on all this at “Catholic News Live”; I
recommend you read that article, which is well-written, and also amusing. The author gives some excellent background information on Baum, and responses to Fr. Rosica's post. I like this part of the article in particular where the author does a compare-and-contrast of Baum and Voris. The
…[L]et’s review the situation
by asking some pertinent questions:
1. Has Michael Voris ever
dissented from any fundamental Church teaching? No.
2. Has Gregory Baum ever
dissented from any fundamental Church teaching? Yes. On many occasions.
3. Has Michael Voris always
obeyed his bishop? Yes. He removed the name “Catholic” from his ministry when
4. Has Gregory Baum always
obeyed his bishop? No. He advocated positions in the area of homosexuality in
opposition to his bishop’s orders.
5. Is Michael Voris a Catholic
in good standing? Yes.
6. Is Gregory Baum a Catholic
in good standing? No. He left the priesthood and was automatically
excommunicated by the code of canon law in force at that time.
7. Has any ecclesial authority
ever found fault in any of Michael Voris’s teachings about the Faith? No.
8. Has any ecclesial authority
ever found fault with Gregory Baum? Yes. + Pocock: “Fr. Baum’s published
reactions are contrary to official Catholic doctrine and may not be followed as
either the teaching or the practice of the Catholic Church.” (Source)
9. Is Michael Voris recognized
to teach the Catholic Faith in any official capacity? No.
10. Is Gregory Baum recognized
to teach the Catholic Faith in any official capacity? No.
11. Has Michael Voris honoured
marriage and the Gospel of Life? Yes. He is single and has never divorced and
decries abortion and contraception, publicly, almost every day.
12. Has Gregory Baum honoured
marriage and the Gospel of Life? No. He left his priesthood and “married” a
“divorced” nun and then proceeded to “divorce” her. He is a dissenter from Humanae
After a few more revealing questions and answers, the author
notes (my emphases):
The Archdiocese of Detroit
doesn’t like the fact that Michael Voris is not “diplomatic” enough. He offends people. He offends Protestants. He offends
liberal Catholics. And his style is too
muscular for them. One can totally understand that in today’s effeminate ecclesial and ecumenical polity,
such an approach will not be readily acceptable and therefore any Catholic finding prominence with this
style is going to find himself on
the outs with the hierarchy. So
what? Saints were no less persecuted in the history of the church because
their style did not mesh with the established orientation of the day. Some
people might have a problem with Voris’s style. Fine. Different strokes for
different folks. This has nothing to do
with THE FAITH, however, and THE
FAITH is what counts.
But I will concede this point
to Fr. Rosica: the fact that Michael
Voris, a faithful Catholic with a muscular personality, is persona non grata
among the Catholic hierarchy for his style, while Gregory Baum, a notorious
dissenter and excommunicant, is given free rein in official Catholic venues
like St. Paul’s University and Canada’s Catholic “Station of Hope” (making
outrageous remarks and insinuations, by the way), tells you all you need to
know about the state of the Catholic Church today.
The author of the article concludes with the following plea
to Fr. Rosica:
Fr. Rosica, for the good of your own soul and the good of the Church, in the name of
Jesus Christ, I urge you to repent
before it’s too late. Gregory Baum is close to 90. Küng is not too far
behind…as are all of the dissenters and heretics. The false “Spirit” of Vatican II is dying and soon, once people figure
out that Salt + Light’s TV’s otherwise wholesome and pious programming is
effectively financing your side-show
adventures in dissent, the jig will be up.
Indeed. Let us pray for Fr. Rosica and Gregory Baum, who are
leading so many astray, and endangering their own souls in the process.
And let’s pray for Michael Voris and ChurchMilitant.TV, as
well. God knows we need a leader like Voris who will continue to exhort and
motivate us to learn and defend our faith.