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,, 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.


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

  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!

  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.

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


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