“Why I Left Church Militant” – A Former Employee’s Tale

“Why I Left Church Militant” – A Former Employee’s Tale December 15, 2015

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Interesting read from a former Church Militant employee. The young man, who blogs under the name Miles Ecclesiae, describes his experience with detachment and a plain matter-of-factness. There is no bus driving here. He still has admiration and respect for Michael Voris, as a person and fellow Catholic. However, it’s the way things are being done at Church Militant that bothered this man’s conscience, that caused him to leave.

Here’s how his story starts:

This is a very weird blog post for me. I never thought I would be the person to write something like this. After all, I’ve spent most of my five years being a faithful Catholic denouncing idiots who wrote these posts. I was a fervent daily watcher of Church Militant, and Michael Voris and others like him in Catholic news were my heroes. They were the revolutionaries who were going to save the Church from the jaws of the wolves in cardinal’s clothing.

Through this influence, for four and a half of five years, I had an uncontrolled fiery passion for all things Catholic. I told people “the way it is,” and if they didn’t like it, take it up with God. For me, everything was black and white, Good Catholic vs. Bad Catholic. I believed the Body of Christ was 90% cancerous with modernist heretics and estrogen-filled men who wanted to dialogue with sin and falsehood, and it needed a good amputating so we could purify the Church.

In my mind, the Pope needed to excommunicate the vast majority of cardinals and bishops to save the Church from their evil teachings. Catholics both clerical and lay needed to be penalized and reformed. We needed to go back to mandatory kneeling and Eucharistic reception on the tongue, more Latin in Mass than the average Roman citizen could speak, and so much incense you couldn’t see the person in front of you (I still wouldn’t mind this one, mostly for the smell.)

I was an ardent defender of the Truth, and I viciously attacked anyone who dared question someone like my main hero, Michael Voris.

Four years of living my Catholic faith like that was dispelled in four months. And how did that happen? It’s quite simple, really.

I worked at Church Militant.

Read the rest. The young man is on the journey of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. In the past, he had “an uncontrolled fiery passion for all things Catholic.” I seems he’s learned to rein in the uncontrollable part, and is developing a fiery passion for people.  What a grace to have discovered this at a young age.

(Full disclosure: I used to support Church Militant. Several times a year, I’d stop into the studios, chat with Michael and some of the other employees, see what projects they were working on. I had provided them with packaging and shipping materials for several years. They are good people who believe they are doing the work of God. Their catechetical products are faithful and clear, with excellent production quality (the CM studios are first-rate). As time went on, though, I came to realize that the tactics and methods – especially with regards to The Vortex – were wrong. The tipping point for me was the episode late last year on Cardinal Dolan and the St Patrick’s Day parade brouhaha (when he was Grand Marshal). The Vortex went way beyond “exposing lies and falsehood”. So I don’t support or recommend them any longer.

I don’t slam them either.)

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  • The sad part for me is admitting they seem to have been right about Cardinal Dolan. Several more reliable news reports are now saying he was providing cover for a homosexual priest who was embezzling funds to build a gym for gay sex parties.

    This doesn’t excuse how Michael Voris often goes way beyond “exposing lies and falsehoods” into berrating people. But the rot of the sexual revolution is so strong in America, and to claim that it isn’t affecting the church, including the clergy, is wrong.

  • Erdos

    Could you change the link to remove the #comment-form anchor from the end? It takes you to the bottom of the page rather than the top. Thanks!

    • LarryD

      Fixed! Thanks for pointing it out!

  • Viterbo Fangirl

    Thanks for linking the article, LarryD! A very thoughtful and well-written piece. (For what it’s worth, your experience with and impressions of Michael Voris and Church Militant pretty much reflect my own. And GOOD LORD I absolutely cringe whenever the CM folks and Mark Shea folks set up what one commenter at the original article called “a circular firing squad.” I just want to turn up my collar and put on a pair of large sunglasses and a hat that says “I’m not with them…”)

  • Lisa_Ann

    But Cardinal Dolan was providing cover-up for these homosexual priests and the truth is ….most of the sex scandal with all the priests and children….. which they called pedophilia was from homosexual behavior …..for heterosexuals are attracted to the opposite sex ….Michael had to expose Dolan….because Dolan was in charge and Dolan wouldn’t deal with the problem……..it was being silenced…covered up…..and people came to Michael for the good of the church…and thank-God he exposed this…..for the good of our children…..this had to be stopped!!…………quote: “The homosexual sex abuse crisis is not a matter of heterosexual men preying on what was merely available (as the USCCB would have us believe). Heterosexual men are not attracted to post-adolescent boys, and this bears out even among ephebophiles and pedophiles.

    The figures demonstrate that an inordinately high number of homosexuals exist within the clergy. The report was heavily revised and re-released in 2011 with many of the revelations about homosexuality cut out. It’s also commonly glossed over in other studies or reports of the crisis. However unpopular the findings may be, the numbers don’t lie.”

    http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/micd-up-homosexuality-ephebophilia-and-the-john-jay-report

  • Lisa_Ann

    POPE APPROVES BARRING GAY SEMINARIANS

    Vatican, Sep. 19 (CWNews.com) – Pope Benedict XVI has given his approval to a new Vatican policy document indicating that men with homosexual tendencies should not be ordained as Catholic priests.

    The new document– which was prepared by the Congregation for Catholic Education, in response to a request made by the late Pope John Paul II in 1994– will be published soon. It will take the form of an “Instruction,” signed by the prefect and secretary of the Congregation: Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski and Archbishop Michael Miller.

    The text, which was approved by Pope Benedict at the end of August, says that homosexual men should not be admitted to seminaries even if they are celibate, because their condition suggests a serious personality disorder which detracts from their ability to serve as ministers.

    “Priests who have already been ordained, if they suffer from homosexual impulses, are strongly urged to renew their dedication to chastity, and a manner of life appropriate to the priesthood.

    The Instruction does not represent a change in Church teaching or policy. Catholic leaders have consistently taught that homosexual men should not be ordained to the priesthood. Pope John XXIII approved a formal policy to that effect, which still remains in effect. However, during the 1970s and 1980s, that policy was widely ignored, particularly in North America. The resulting crisis in the priesthood– in which one prominent American commentator observed that the priesthood was coming to be seen as a “gay” profession– prompted Pope John Paul II to call for a new study on the question.

    The Congregation for Catholic Education prepared the Instruction after soliciting advice from all of the world’s bishops, from psychologists, and from moral theologians. A draft of the Instruction was then circulated among the Vatican dicasteries concerned with the issue, notably including the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

    The pending release of the Instruction, in the face of certain criticism from liberal forces in America and Western Europe, demonstrates the determination of the Vatican to improve the quality of priestly ministry, and to protect the Church from some of the scandals that have recently shaken the Catholic community– and no doubt deterred many men from entering priestly training.

    Informed sources in Rome indicate that the Instruction probably will be made public after the Synod of Bishops, which meets in Rome from October 2 through 23.” http://www.ewtn.com/v/news/getstory.asp?number=60630