In This Year of Mercy: Mercy for Michael Voris, and for Those He Has Smeared

Michael Voris, the vociferous critic of the Catholic hierarchy whose stated goal is to “save the Church” from corrupt and ineffective leadership, has gotten his comeuppance.

Like  Joseph McCarthy, who in the 1950s whipped Americans into a frenzy of anti-communist fear and propaganda with his warnings about “a Red under every bed,” Voris has rallied his conservative Catholic followers with warnings about homosexual infiltration into seminaries, parishes, even the highest ranks of Catholic Church leadership. In so doing, he has smeared the reputations of good and faithful priests and bishops.

Last week, however, Voris–apparently spurred by fears that the Archdiocese of New York was planning to “smear” his reputation by reporting his past sins in the media–delivered a candid admission of his own failures. On “The Vortex,” in a video which is available at his ChurchMilitant website, Voris confessed:

As you probably know, the apostolate has been somewhat silent this week publicly.  That’s because a situation has developed that I must fill you in on. It involves the sins of my past life all committed prior to my reversion to the Catholic faith. We have on very good authority from various sources that the New York archdiocese is collecting and preparing to quietly filter out details of my past life with the aim of publicly discrediting me, this apostolate and the work here.

I have never made a secret that my life prior to my reversion was extremely sinful. I have said many times — in public — that I was in a state of mortal sin, and had I died, I would have been damned. I also revealed these sins were of a sexual nature and that they occurred over a prolonged period of time. I did not reveal the specific nature or details of the sins, because when I returned home to the Church, I did not think that a full public confession of details was necessary in order to start proclaiming the great mercy of God.

Perhaps that was a wrong assessment. I don’t seriously know. Perhaps along these years I should have been revealing of greater detail. That, I now think so, but more on that in a moment.

Whatever the matter, I will now reveal that for most of my years in my thirties, confused about my own sexuality, I lived a life of live-in relationships with homosexual men. From the outside, I lived the lifestyle and contributed to scandal in addition to the sexual sins. On the inside, I was deeply conflicted about all of it. In a large portion of my twenties, I also had frequent sexual liaisons with both adult men and adult women.

These are the sins of my past life in this area which are all now publicly admitted and owned by me. That was before my reversion to the Faith.

Since my reversion, I abhor all these sins, especially in the world of the many many other sins I have committed having nothing to do with sexuality. I gave in to deep pains from my youth by seeking solace in lust, and in the process, surrendered my masculinity.

Well now….  First, my condolences to Michael Voris, that he felt it necessary to expose this deeply personal chapter in his life to public scrutiny. As a committed Catholic who has pledged to remain chaste, I’m sure Michael is embarrassed by the past sins which have, until now, been relegated to the back closet of his daily awareness.

And second, I need to note that his insinuations against the Archdiocese of New York have been vehemently refuted by the Archdiocese. The Catholic Herald contacted the Archdiocese for a statement, and received a response which they published on April 22:

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York told the Catholic Herald: “It is absolutely, 100 per cent untrue that the archdiocese was collecting and preparing to release anything concerning him personally or his website.”

Do I think Michael Voris was lying?  No.

Do I think he was wrong? Yes.

I believe that Michael Voris truly believed that the New York Archdiocese was “out to get him,” just as he truly believes that homosexuality is running rampant in America’s seminaries and among the hierarchy. But I believe he is wrong.

I also believe–in fact, I KNOW from personal experience–that Michael has been wrong before.

In 2011, I was among 150 bloggers invited by the Vatican to attend the first-ever Vatican Blogfest, a one-day gathering at the offices of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The event itself was presented in six languages concurrently; and there were other, off-site gatherings for Catholic writers as well. When the official Blogfest ended, I wandered the streets of Rome, eventually finding my way to one of those independently organized and advertised events in a Rome pub.

But I was too late! The planned addresses were over, but there, sitting alone at a table, was Michael Voris. I introduced myself, and we chatted for more than an hour. Since I had told him I was from Detroit, he recounted some stories about events that had happened in the Archdiocese, and how his attempt to bring his “Church Militant” program to the airwaves had been thwarted by officials there.

I listened respectfully; but what Voris didn’t know (and what I didn’t tell him) was that I had firsthand information about the story, I had worked for Catholic radio, and I had discussed it with someone who was personally involved in the decision. I knew from my own experience that there was no hidden agenda, no dastardly attempt to dissuade the Archbishop or the radio station; there were other factors on which I will not elaborate here.

But this is what’s really important: Michael’s narrative of a mean-spirited anti-Voris campaign was simply not true. He believed it, but it was a story of his own making.

Back in 2014, I wrote about another, related assault by Michael Voris on the leadership of the Catholic Church. On my old Patheos blog, I wrote an article titled “A CORRECTION to Michael Voris’ Slanderous Post re. Sacred Heart Seminary.” In it, I wrote:

Voris is a frequent critic of the Catholic Church he professes to love. A common theme of his apostolate is that homosexuals have infiltrated the Church, even at the highest levels. His other concerns have ranged from opposition to those within the Church who believe that Catholics must confront global warming, to what he called a failure on the part of the Knights of Columbus leadership to discipline members who support abortion or same-sex marriage, among other issues.

Even the name of Voris’ organization hints at his negative attitude toward the Catholic Church in America: Originally called “Real Catholic TV,” the name was changed to “Church Militant” after the Archdiocese of Detroit required that he stop using the word “Catholic” in the corporate title. The Archdiocese explained that Canon 216 of the Code of Canon Law stipulates,

No undertaking is to claim the name ‘Catholic’ without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority.”

I believe that Michael Voris sincerely believes he is helping to strengthen the Catholic faithful; but rather than approaching an issue with prayerful encouragement and gentle admonishment, Voris takes a sledgehammer to his perceived opponent. There is a potential for great damage when he confronts brothers in the Church like the proverbial bull in a china shop. There is no question that he is a man of faith; my prayer is that he might also be a man of discernment.

You can read the rest of that article here.

SO NOW WHAT?

Here’s what I want to see emerging as a result of this unfortunate self-inflicted character assassination by Voris:

  1. I pray that God will rain his Mercy on Michael Voris during this Year of Mercy, showering him with grace and awareness of His tender love.
  2. I pray that Michael’s readers and viewers, rather than being discouraged or turned away by this revelation, will show the same Mercy, and will graciously overlook and then forget the sins of the man who has sought to lead them to Christ.
  3. But this most of all: I pray that Michael Voris himself, bathed in the Mercy of God and of others, will find it in his heart to show Mercy toward all those who labor in Christ’s vineyard. May this experience lead him to greater humility, and inspire in him a love for those in authority who, despite their personal sins and shortcomings, carry on the best they can. May he speak the Truth, but may he find that Truth in clay pots as well as in silver bowls. May he discern God’s will in charity, pointing to the good in all of us, forgiving and showing mercy for their weaknesses.

Michael Voris’ organization, Church Militant, has a wide audience; and with this great gift comes great responsibility. May they use a little more honey, a little less vinegar.

By | 2018-01-27T17:39:32+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|Politics & Culture|

36 Comments

  1. Manny September 3, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    This is old but I just came across it. I’m with you Kathy. Michael Voris is a kook who is paranoid and tunnel visioned. May God sooth his soul.

  2. Dick Hertz July 9, 2016 at 3:47 am - Reply

    The stature of Voris and my respect for him have only grown after his “confession.”

    Dolan and his henchmen are a holy disgrace.

    As for the Archdiocese of New York’s denial of planning to smear Voris, I believe it. I believe it as much as I believe I can keep my doctor under Obama’s communist healthcare plan. And I believe it as much as I believe Hillary’s statement that no classified emails were recieved on her private server. And I believe it as much as I believe that Nigerian prince who emailed me last week and wants to send me $1.7 million. Gold bless Michael Voris!

  3. Kate June 26, 2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    I have been in and out of so many churches and convents both in London and Los Angeles, and all I find are wall-to-wall homosexuals everywhere I go. I now live in the boonies and am hoping to try a new church soon, here in the middle of nowhere, where I will hopefully not have to be a homosexual to fit in. .

  4. Mary June 20, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I can only say thank you Michael Voris from the heart!

    You have lived through experiences that I am sure you wished you had not, but and here is the most important thing and one which all of us if we dare to call ourselves Roman Catholics (real ones) should be rejoicing in. You found Christ and you came back to Him, and not only, you’ve dedicated your life to serving Him, and He is using your voice as a tool to call out those who should be leading us.

    For anyone on this page to say that you make up stories about the homosexual rings in the Church at every level – is truly living in denial. Of course they are. Even Pope Francis at one point finally had to admit it. Trouble is they have been well hidden by fellow gays, or fellow priests who ‘just want to keep it all nice and quiet’…– and who actually are terrified that the gays, who do get into powerful positions -the Bishops (gays) who are complicit, help them up the ladder and give them very good appointments- so there is a web that is well connected and powerful. These ‘sick men who dare wear the collar and more than that, dare lift up the Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord — are aggressive and dangerous. They bully men into submission.
    I know, I’ve seen it first hand….

    Michael Voris has done the Church an enormous service and no matter what you say Kathy or write, you really dont get it. It is a tragedy that instead of you being most grateful that Michael was able to apologize publicly (and you can bet your bottom dollar the Archdiocese ..or someone there in – the gay network – was definitely hounding him…)… instead you chose to target him in your article..

    May you be forgiven for all you have done …

    I personally am most grateful and thankful for Michaels enormous courage..– do you have anything similar?

  5. Angela June 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Kathy, sorry, but there is something mean spirited and snide about your article. First, you thoroughly and diligently repeat Voris’s past sins, then after wringing every dark thing out of his admissions, you piously ask for God’s mercy for him. Second, you adamantly refute Voris’s explanation that the Arch NY was out to “out” him, saying you know the truth, yet you refuse to tell what that truth is, which would allow your readers make up their own minds! How insufferably pious of you. Defend the Arch NY if you must, but those of us who follow Arch Dolan know that, whatever else he is, a Thomas More he is not. Finally if anybody has read this far, let me close by saying that because I like knowing what activist Catholics are saying about our Church, I have kept up with both you and Voris, among many others. But after reading your piece, I find myself admiring Voris more, and, regretfully, you the less.

  6. Joseph Michael June 14, 2016 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Wow! Avoid! Avoid! Avoid! …. Avoid Church Militant AND Avoid National Catholic Register AND Avoid Seasons of Grace Etc. All Crazies! I would wager that Michael Voris was raped since he served as an alter boy. I did ministry in Tahachipi State Prison and discovered that many who are homosexual were raped as children. Like someone forcing an injection of heroin, these children are innocent and easily confused and adicted. All I can say is I wish I never read this terible article and BE RAPTURE READY!!! There is an Epic Convergence Of Signs right now and the Rapture is all too real!!! This October 2nd 2016 Begins Hebrew Year 5777. We are at Ben Samuel’s (1217) Tenth and final Jubilee and the 6000 years of Earth history is up > Adam to Abraham 1948 years + Abraham to 1 AD + 1AD to 2016 = 6000. Jesus said “Pray Ye Escape” these things coming upon the world” (Luke 21:36) (John 14:1-3) (1Cor 15:50) (1Thes 4:16) The EXACT date Israel was reborn is easily discovered in the Bible and Jesus Commands us to Know when it is near and Jesus says that the Generation that sees Israel reborn will NOT PASS AWAY before His return in the air. Psalm 90 tells us that we live 70 years and then “We Fly Away” 1948 + 70= 2018 or LESS! This Rosh Hashanah!!! Jesus fulfills in every detail imaginable every single Jewish Feast to the letter! Passover=crucifixion Unleavened Bread=Burial First Fruits=Resurrection Pentecost=Birth of Church (Ekklesia or Church means “Called Out Group”) Rosh Hashanah=Rapture/Harpazo/Rapiemur/Caught Up Yom Kippur=Tribulation Tabernacles Sukkot = 1000 Year Reign > God of Israel is Real d t c m

  7. Joe April 26, 2016 at 9:28 am - Reply

    “sledgehammers” is what Jesus used to get his word and teachings out. Being “nice” is not mercy…

    Shame on you

  8. Mary Quitecontrary April 26, 2016 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Distasteful at best; detraction at worst.

  9. Mary Quitecontrary April 26, 2016 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Distasteful at best; detraction at worst. Why not begin by publicly confessing all your sins?

  10. Patricia Downing April 25, 2016 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I have no words to express how absolutely appalling I find this article. It reeks of self righteousness under the guise of mercy.

  11. Therese April 25, 2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I agree with all previous commenters who find your analysis self-serving, hypocritical and uncharitable. Shame on you.

  12. John Fisher April 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Michael “has gotten his comeuppance” and “past sins which have, until now, been relegated to the back closet of his daily awareness”. Kathy you need to silence that tongue as you are indulging yourself. I don’t know how you could think or write those phrases? Schadenfreude Kathy? Where I come from we call it kicking a dog when its down. Its nasty and taking advantage. I think it is more likely to be being aware of his vices his past sins he knows and critique the subject better then you. There is not one human including you Kathy who don’t have dirty little secrets or sins that you despise and perhaps better understand that allows you to condemn or discourage others going down the same path. often its the bitterness we taste as we vent and discourage others from committing the same sins. Zeal and outspoken ness are fed by passion. Passion can arise from bitter experience. The Archdiocese of New York particular Dolan are a joke. Christ does not need friends who betray him while not being honest. Michael is honest and has been emphatically exposing the things IN the Church that cause Catholics to embrace vice. Having been sexually assaulted by a gay activist priest when a teen I should know.

  13. James April 25, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    While Voris is not above criticism, this article is naive, pompous and also wrong. Voris is absolutely right that homosexuality is rampant among seminaries and the hierarchy. I know from first hand experience as someone who has spent time in the seminary myself. While Voris is reactionary, sometimes ridiculous, his approach perhaps singularly unhelpful, what he’s actually claiming is absolutely true.
    The reality is that places like New York do indeed have a huge contingent of organized homosexual priests. The problem isn’t that they are homosexual, at least to my mind, but precisely that there’s this bizarre and twisted subculture of organized homosexual liasons and organizations.
    Voris may do himself a disservice by his approach, since very few people likely take him seriously. But we have to realize the reality of Archdiocesan structures is very much like he says. I’m sure that New York probably did want to smear Voris – that seems no different than many of the backroom politics I have seen in other diocesan offices.
    Regardless of Voris’ problems, he is in the right here and the Archdiocese of New York is not. We really need to bring to light the disgusting and twisted reality of these institutions. Don’t let your naivety and smarmy attitude (do you realize how phony and patronizing you sound? Especially since you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about?) blind you to the dark reality of these institutions.

  14. Boris April 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Hi Kathy — I also didn’t like your article. There’s something smug and smarmy about it that is repellant. And who exactly is smearing whom? His reporting about Miqueli et al seems to have been factual: please correct everyone if that is not so. The catechism course that the archdiocese of Detroit and many others are using – that seems like a completely fair object for his attacks. Please be specific: MV is specific. MV is doing a very necessary job for the Church. His tone is combative because he feels the issues are so vital and so little is being doing to correct them. Who can deny that The Church is in serious disarray and the leadership has been so feeble and clueless in its efforts to turn things around – with of course many exceptions.

  15. RodH April 25, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Kathy:

    I’m done with you as a legitimate Catholic commentator/author. And sad to say, I’m getting near that with New Advent.

    Lots of great stuff on this site…except for the editing. Appears the site is controlled by a flock of ostriches, heads buried firmly in the sand.

  16. andrzej s. April 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Kathy, I think you’re a little naïve to think the problem of homosexual clergy isn’t rampant. Do you think the child sex abuse scandal is about sex? No, it’s about unchaste gay priests. And we’ve only just begun shedding light on all the abuse.

  17. Lord Hugefungus April 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    1.Only a truly clueless person would fail to realize the depth and breadth of homosexuality in the Presbyterate of the Catholic Church. MV has been playing to those breathless thousands for which this is news. Ergo, the clueless.

    2.These same unsophisticated people imagine that a diocese, or even a chancery, is a monolith. Rather, it is factions and circles, and orientation is one dividing line.

    3.A simple summary is: If a closeted gay man who was formerly active starts targeting homosexuals in his videos, they will find him out. This is what gay men do. Again, only the very unsophisticated are so unaware of the issue of ‘outing’.

    4.There are plenty of us who realize that there are a tremendous number of gay priests, but also realize that they are not leaving. If they left, half the parishes would shut down. There is no way to do anything about them unless they commit a crime, and the tradition of protecting the priesthood is very strong in the Church.

    5.MV might as well have a program detailing how priests are very bad with money, or tend to have drinking problems, since these are also true, but that’s not salacious. No, what we now know is the reformed gay man is really only concerned with gay priests, which is something no one can do anything about. Period.

    6.Lastly, again, those who are not so unsophisticated know that what Voris does is a show. There is no mechanism and no pretense upon which even a good bishop could do anything about gay priests, if he wanted to. Voris knows this. There is nothing to be done except complain. It is all sound and fury. It has brought the wrath of the gays down upon him, and they have struck perhaps a killing blow.

    In the sort of vicious, bare knuckle politics Voris gas chosen to play, there appears to be no end game which us truly Catholic. He entered the ring, and got knocked out. For what? My gay pastor said Mass yesterday, and he will be a priest for the next 30 years.

  18. Adam April 25, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Voris has never hid the fact that he was VERY far away from the Church at a point in his life. I just assumed that he (in charity ) spared us all the gritty details. The ones I probably didn’t need to hear in the first place.

    Either way I have no doubt he made a good confession on the subject a long LONG time ago. If only more people would follow that example.

  19. Greg Scott April 25, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

    It is interesting that you chose the word “comeuppance” – a punishment or fate that someone deserves, to describe Michael Voris’ “downfall”. I am sure that you and many magisterial apologists are reveling in these turn of events. I DO have to wonder how genuine your request for “mercy” is and whether or not this type of Schadenfreude is morally evil. Only you and your confessor can discern that.

    All one needs to do is spend a very few seconds Googling catholic + seminary + gay to find dozens of non-Voris resources regarding the sexual orientation problems among Catholic seminarians – from the “Miami Vice” Scandal to Cardinal Keith O’Brien and all manner of disordered sexual behavior in-between. These seminarians became our pastors and administrators and continue to cause scandal in the Church both overtly and covertly.

    I always suspected that there was something “doth does protest too much” in Mr. Voris’ anti-gay campaign. An unmarried, middle aged man always conjures up such speculation these days. Perhaps this will strengthen his position in this movement to expose the gay cabal in the Magisterium. The revelation that Michael lived the destructive disorder of the same-sex lifestyle and now struggles to live a chaste life lends a certain credibility to his message that was not there previously. One can now understand WHY he feels so strongly about this and I wish him great success in his endeavors.

  20. Rex April 25, 2016 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Kathy, in my opinion you are a jerk publishing a rabid attack dog article meant to defame Michael Voris who is actually a faithful Roman Catholic. In the 1950s & 60s I received a Roman Catholic education true to the magisterium by faithful Sisters wearing habits and Christian Brothers wearing black robes. Real Catholics know that truth doesn’t change with the times. Real Catholics read magisterial documents like “Lamentabili sane exitu.” I witnessed the disintegration of the Catholic faith I was taught and still believe and treasure.

    The tribulation we are suffering by the disintegration of the Catholic Church was foretold by several recent popes. The loss of Church faithful, our culture and our country is owned by the many cowardly & heretical priests and bishops who have failed to teach the whole truth of the Catholic Church because they don’t want to offend. Well Christ afflicted the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.

    The message Michael Voris conveys is truly merciful, charitable and in Catholic unity. Michael Voris is conveying the truth that must be heard by men to save their souls.

    The lukewarm pablum pushed by cowardly clerics (and the feminist chatechists infesting the Church) posses little unity with prior magisterial teaching. Theirs is a false charity that dulls the conscience of sinful men to ease their slaughter and descent into hell.

    I appears to me that Satan, like you, hates Michael Voris because you apparently envy his courage while secretly detesting your own cowardice to convey truth for the sake of being nice.

    A Catholic MUST believe believe all Catholic dogma to be Catholic. Pope IX said: “It is necessary once more to mention and censure the very serious error into which some Catholics have unfortunately fallen. For they are of the opinion that men who live in errors, estranged from the true faith and Catholic unity, can attain eternal life. This is certainly altogether contrary to Catholic teaching. We know as well as you that those who suffer from invincible ignorance with regard to our most holy religion, by carefully keeping the natural law and its precepts, which have been written by God in the hearts of all, by being disposed to obey God and to lead a virtuous and correct life, can, by the power of divine light and grace, attain eternal life. For God, who sees. examines, and knows completely the minds and souls, the thoughts and qualities of all, will not permit, in his infinite goodness and mercy, anyone who is not guilty of voluntary fault to suffer eternal punishment. However, also well known is the Catholic dogma that no one can be saved outside the Catholic Church and that those who obstinately oppose the authority of the definitions of the Church and who stubbornly remain separated from the unity of this Church and from the Roman pontiff, the successor of Peter, to whom the Savior entrusted the care of his vineyard, cannot obtain salvation….”

  21. Gordon Jewett April 25, 2016 at 5:27 am - Reply

    As a Catholic who daily struggles with a true conversion to Christ, I am finding the discussion about Michel Voris and his current situation to be a confirmation on how difficult it is to be a follower of Christ. We all exist strictly due to Grace. More often than nought I find myself faced with that conclusion. That being said, I believe that we all must turn our thoughts and prayers and what ever we can muster from our inner most being and place it before God and Jesus, with obvious deference to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and say to ourselves, it is only by the Grace of God go I.
    Peace and God bless,
    Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, pray for all of us.

  22. Mark April 25, 2016 at 1:58 am - Reply

    The few times I’ve ventured to watch “The Church Militant” Michaels style seemed aggressive and angry. It’s one thing to be passionate, however his tone rings sour every time I watch him no matter his topic. I have no idea if his claims are true. His videos always seem to hold a certain continuity, but I found no value in viewing one side of a story without being able to discern the other. In the end, his anger was the fruit I found useful in discerning the need to pass on his videos. Right or wrong, there seems to be a lack of temperance in his approach. It doesn’t serve his purpose well.

  23. David F. Pierre, Jr. April 24, 2016 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Kathy –

    1. I have admired your work for a long time. However, your characterization of Voris’ recent revelations as a “comeuppance” reeks of a sick schadenfreude. Your claim that you will pray for Michael (“bathed in the Mercy of God”) emits an obvious disingenuousness.

    2. Since when is acknowledging one’s past sins a “comeuppance”? Is that what you believe when one acknowledges his sins? Is this the message you have taken away in this Year of Mercy?

    3. Your comparison to Joseph McCarthy was completely unwarranted. Voris’ characterization of his group as “militant” is certainly not without Biblical and Christian foundation. Indeed, God calls us to be “soldiers” for Christ (see, for example 2 Timothy 2:3,4).

    4. Personally, I found Voris’ revelations not only brave but inspirational. I also believe that his witness adds a lot more credibility to his ministry for the Church against “LGBT” forces which seek to destroy us.

    That is all.

    Thank you.

  24. Alex April 24, 2016 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Well by the authors own admission Michael was indeed forced to stop using the term Catholic by the archdiocese. Read up about that. There are PLENTY of organizations in the same diocese using the name catholic which flaunt church teaching. So for Ms Schiffer to say there was no agenda doesn’t sit truthfully with me. Perhaps she meant she wasn’t privy to anything. Google it. The diocese admitted that they were unaware of anyone else being asked to stop using the phrase “catholic”. So his apostalate is singled out…nothing to see hear folks, move along.

    Homosexuals in the church/priesthood/upper hierarchy, well Michael isn’t the only one who believes this to be true. I have been told many horror stories by priests about coming through the seminaries. One can easily find many quotes from high ranking Vatican officials referring to a “homosexual lobby” or other issues. What are you trying to say Ms Schiffer? I firmly believe the clergy to be rampant with them, some living corageous lives of chastity to be sure but many living nothing more than a lie. Again. Try google. You can find videos of priests offering mass then going out to do the devil’s work. Heck a monsignor came out not long ago. Stop sticking your head in the sand it is real. Talk to your priest and ask them what they think.

    The archdiocese of NY said they didn’t do it. Well if that’s good enough for you…. ..do you want to by a bridge there? Not a lot of people just randomly expose their personal lives. Remember, even paranoids have enemies.

    On the whole this was a weakly written piece designed to slander Michael Voris for some reason. I’m sorry you two don’t get along. Please try to understand that ignoring problems in the church won’t make them go away. The little exposure I have had to church militant hasn’t struck me as anything other than what it purports to be. An apostalate trying to expose things powerful people would like to ignore.

    Remember, they got rid of mother angelica too. You certainly won’t find ewtn criticizing the bishops anymore. Boos now Kathy will call me paranoid.

  25. christopher schaefer April 24, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Michael attended a New York seminary for two years in the 1980s—when our seminaries were at the height of depravity that was not only tolerated, but encouraged. (I personally have been told this by more than one former seminarian from that period.) According to the 2011 essay “Politics Color John Jay Study” by Bill Donohue of catholicleague . org , the bishops deliberately downplayed the role that rampant homosexual behavior among clergy and seminarians had in the sex abuse scandal. In this touching video, Michael tells us that “In a large portion of my twenties, I also had frequent sexual liaisons with both adult men and adult women.” Presumably this included those seminary years. I have a hunch that those who were about to expose Michael’s past were contacts from those seminary days. If this is so, Michael has an opportunity to give us an insider’s view of the seminary life that likely helped to temporarily drive him from the Church. We don’t need names or other ‘sensitive’ details, but telling us what seminary life was like at that time would give us a view that the cold data of the John Jay Study never will reveal.
    Michael often is criticized for his acerbic tone. However, perhaps what underlies his sharpness is the fact that the “institutional” Church which he once planned to serve as a priest, betrayed him during that period when it SHOULD have been forming his vocation.
    I pray for Michael and for the Church Militant apostolate. And remember: even Jesus displayed “righteous anger” at times, sparing no words for the “vipers and hypocrites”.

  26. Debra Brunsberg April 24, 2016 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I make it a point to never listen to Michael Voris. Too many times in the past he has rushed with judgement on the Church or someone in the Church and he has been found to be wrong. His manner is always confrontational and if his goal is to bring people to the Lord and to the Church, I cannot imagine it is happening. Judging from the comments on social media from his fans, they are the same. It is always attack. No light, only darkness. No mercy, only judgement.
    I wouldn’t buy a used car from this man and I do not buy his story about the Archdiocese targeting him with a secret attack. Really. Does he have any idea the responsibilities of those who run an Archdiocese and the demands upon their time? More of Voris being about Voris.
    Praise God for turning him around from a life of grave sin. He might need to take a break and get some healing before he continues his journey. I think he harbors great animosity towards the Church that Jesus is the head of and that may tie into his previous life and previous wounds.

    • raphaelheals June 7, 2016 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      Debra
      When has Michael rushed to judgement and been wrong? Give me an instance please. Joe Zwilling, who is the ‘communications man’ for the diocese has lied through his teeth to protect those higher up. Michael does not harbor animosity towards the church but towards those within the church who are living a lie and causing scandal to the faithful. Do you really think it was easy for all those lay people in New York to file a lawsuit against the diocese? These were good simple and humble Catholics who had watched the ongoing scandals for two years without the help of Cardinal Dolan. There was and is a massive cover up. Open your eyes and pray that this disgusting plague is exposed and ended throughout the U.S. Have you not read Michael Rose’s book ” Goodbye Good Men.”? It will curl your hair. I could not finish it because it filled me with such anger and sadness. As a person who was sexually abused I do understand the anger and the profound sorrow and desire that this deluge of sin stop. When it comes from the church that we love and who is supposed to mirror Christ…it is an offense that makes Christ weep. Pray that these predators stop before they have to face Christ to answer for their sins.

  27. Cat April 24, 2016 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I think you need to take your own advice. We live in a time where charging another for gossip, character assassination, calumny, rash judgment, judgment, uncharitable or unChristlike behavior, etc. etc. is how we respond to someone we disagree with. This piece is such a contradiction. Michael Voris was wrong before? And? I’ve been wrong before. Everyone I know has been wrong before. Have you ever been wrong before? By your own logic, your piece here is unreliable because you’ve been wrong before. The catch to mercy and taking people at their word is that you have to do it equally with everyone. If you take the archdiocese of NY’s word, great. It’s better than doubting it, even out loud and being wrong. BUT, you also have to take Voris’ word too. That’s what you’re not doing. You’re picking sides in an affair that you probably lack sufficient up-close and insider details to be able to form a correct opinion on. Yet you’re here writing a piece and publicly putting it up because you want YOUR opinion to be known by others. You obviously feel others will somehow benefit from knowing your inner thoughts. Humble? I don’t know, what I’m saying is that if I wanted to, I could easily use several charges like the ones you’ve thrown around here against you relating to this piece. There are many Catholics who hear about these situations, read about them, and do not respond. They don’t share their thoughts on the matter. THEY have a leg to stand on because they practice what they preach. But you can’t say you practice what you preach. You’re complaining MV talks about people without all the facts and causes others to form negative opinions of those people, and yet here you are simultaneously doing the same to MV. What? See, that’s exactly why Satan is laughing at this piece. By the way, whether you agree with Voris’ methods, past judgments, behavior or not, writing a piece like this after he publicly exposed himself should make you feel ashamed. Most other Christians have not responded like you. Even people who have publicly disagreed with MV about many of the same things you have, have rallied publicly to put that aside and give him support, as a fellow sinner who just went through something very hard. You ought to be ashamed using this opportunity to kick him while he’s down. Go pray about it.

  28. William April 24, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Mrs. Schiffer, please re-read or read for the first time Michael S. Rose’s {Goodbye, Good Men}. Consider also the shoddy manner in which the Archdiocese of New York has handled the Fulton J. Sheen affair. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire!

  29. Kate April 24, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    I have only seen a few of MV’s videos and was turned off by the “Real Catholic” attitude and his style. My thoughts on this are that someone who has led a homosexual lifestyle has very deep, troubling issues and should deal with them before setting himself up as a guru. Yes, one can convert, but that doesn’t provide immediate healing; it often takes years of therapy, suffering, prayer and the sacraments before one is whole again. When he first heard about MV’s unrelenting attacks on the “homosexual hierarchy,” my husband (who has covered this kind of thing as a Catholic journalist) said that he wouldn’t be surprised if MV had “sexuality issues.” So MV’s recent revelation was no surprise to us. Something is deeply wrong with the man and it is going to color how he views the world and his relationships with others.

  30. Fra Colin Pasqualetto April 24, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Hello Kathy,

    I believe that you wrote a very good piece, but I have to agree more with Karl Keating. The other day, I tried to explain something similar to Mark Shea. There is too much certainty coming from Catholic writers that the Archdiocese’ denial is sufficient. After last few decades of morals scandals that have occurred due to many of the careless, incompetent, and indifference of members of the hierarchy, it is not unreasonable to be suspicious of certain happenings, to include something like the current situation of Fr. Miqueli. I don’t know Michael Voris, nor have I met him like you have, but I will mention something inconvenient to what you wrote here about Voris. If he was running at the mouth incorrectly about something that you had firsthand knowledge of and didn’t correct him at the time, then you indirectly contributed to his erroneous assumptions and perhaps reporting. I’m sure that within that hour of chatting you could have set him straight on the matter without breaching any confidentiality. Why did you not do this? You are writing a piece questioning Voris’ journalistic integrity, but at the same allowed him to spew distorted or erroneous facts. I don’t subscribe to his website or apostolate, but I am slightly familiar with another mainstream news journal called The National Catholic Reporter, which regularly challenges, criticizes, and distorts certain Catholic teachings in an effort to promote a progressive agenda. This is done in direct collaboration with priests and religious canonically considered in good standing. They use the term “Catholic” in their title despite the objections of their local bishop since 1968. Links to this dissenting journal can be found on some diocesan and parish websites. The inconvenient question that I have for you is:

    Other than Michael Voris’ questionable style of reporting, which is undoubtedly a major pain in the backside of the hierarchy, how can you be so certain that he’s wrong in regards to the Archdiocese of New York? What will you write in the neat future if Voris produces evidence that supports his claim? There is one last consideration. If someone attempted to blackmail him in order to obtain silence (maybe a lawyer, private investigator, chancery official or layperson), then it may be a criminal offense subject to the involvement of law enforcement. Or at least, it could result in a civil suit. In that case, if there is evidence, it may manifest itself not from Voris himself, but in an incontrovertible manner that the Archdiocese won’t be able to simply deny it. They will have to prove that they didn’t do it. Let’s see where the chips fall.

    V/R Colin

    • Kate April 24, 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      For the ADNY to come out and attack MV for his homosexual past would be bad PR in this day and age and they are not going to go there. Second, to take the trouble to take MV down, the archdiocese would have to take his self-appointed, fringe apostolate as a serious threat or a credible opponent. MV might be a slight annoyance to them, but I highly doubt the bishop spent much time thinking about him or organizing a smear campaign. MV thinks MV is bigger fish than he really is.

  31. Karl Keating April 24, 2016 at 5:13 am - Reply

    A well-crafted piece, Kathy, particularly the closing three points, but allow me to make a small amplification.

    You say that Voris’s “insinuations against the Archdiocese of New York have been vehemently refuted by the Archdiocese.” No, they haven’t. They have been “vehemently denied,” which is quite a different thing. A refutation is a kind of proof; a denial is just a denial and doesn’t prove anything.

    Now it may well be that the situation here parallels the one you mention about Detroit: that Voris was seeing a persecution where there wasn’t one. That may be occurring here too. His imagination may have led him to reveal something that no one else was going to reveal anyway. But at this point we don’t know that because his claim about the supposed near-term action of the Archdiocese hasn’t been refuted yet–nor has it been established, inasmuch as Voris has offered no evidence of such a plot against him.

    I have suggested elsewhere that it would seem proper–maybe now even necessary–for him to reveal what it was that led him to conclude that the Archdiocese has been out to get him. If he can’t produce any evidence, then he should withdraw his charge. If he can, then the Archdiocese’s comment will be shown all the more to be not a refutation but merely a (false) denial.

    • raphaelheals June 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm - Reply

      Let us remember those faithful Catholics who watched firsthand and filed a lawsuit against the diocese of New York out of sheer frustration and the scandal of what they saw and not being supported by Cardinal Dolan for two years. It is no easy thing to come out in public and go against Goliath. They just wanted the scandals to stop. Are they misinformed? Highly improbable. There is no doubt in my mind after reading all of the info that there is a homosexual network in New York and other diocese, where these men cover for each other . Read “Goodbye Good Men.” by Michael Rose. The mess has not been cleaned up yet.

  32. Robert Colquhoun April 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Interesting article – and I think your analysis is reasonably wise! God bless you! Robert

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