On Michael Voris: "It is not an approved apostolate" — UPDATED

On Michael Voris: "It is not an approved apostolate" — UPDATED April 11, 2011

While the Diocese of Scranton’s decision to cancel an appearance by Michael Voris has made headlines, his standing in his own diocese is meriting a closer look.

A reader posted the following in the comments:

The Archdiocese of Detroit recently issued the following statement regarding St. Michaels’ Media and Real Catholic TV:

“In 2006, St. Michael’s Media of Ferndale, Michigan, through its chief executive, Michael Voris, and his associates, requested approval of its apostolate and programming from the Archdiocese of Detroit. The Detroit archdiocese responded to their initial submission and gave them direction as to the additional information and steps that would need to be taken. At issue was, and is, compliance with our basic archdiocesan media protocols and those of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). While there have been some discussions, the matter with St. Michael’s Media remains unresolved; it is not an approved apostolate.

“In 2008, a Web-based video provider named RealCatholicTV.com was launched, with Michael Voris as the primary host, producer-writer and manager, utilizing new and archive program material produced and provided, primarily, by St. Michael’s Media. The RealCatholicTV enterprise has yet to present itself or receive approval of its apostolate and programming from the Detroit archdiocese.

“Therefore, the catechetical presentations, the analysis of Catholic teachings or positions, and the commentary on Church leadership presented by St. Michael’s Media and/or RealCatholicTV— be they audio, video, or exclusively Web-based— cannot be approved or endorsed by the archdiocese at this time.”

Ned McGrath
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Detroit
February 2011

And several people have pointed me to this official statement, from the Diocese of Scranton:

In videos posted on the Internet, Mr. Voris makes comments that certainly can be interpreted as being insensitive to people of other faiths. The Catholic Church teaches us to respect all people, regardless of their faith tradition.

Although the Diocese shares Mr. Voris’ support of efforts to protect human life, his extreme positions on other faiths are not appropriate and therefore the Diocese cannot host him.

UPDATE: You can see Michael Voris’ video response to this controversy on his YouTube channel.

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18 responses to “On Michael Voris: "It is not an approved apostolate" — UPDATED”

  1. As we should respect any ordinaries position for their diocese it is fair to say it is our responsibilty to uphold the Truth of the faith as the church militant. Mr Voris is not luring people in, piciting veterans funerals or standing in public handing out tracts bashing the Church and in no way teaching any thing contrary to the faith. Plain and simple as a former news professinal like Mr Voris you should aknowledge that you have a responsiblity to report the truth let the viewer do what he will with it. The viewer can always change the channel. Embrace the sinner not the sin Deacon, as Jesus said “Go and sin NO more”.

  2. It is strongly suggested that those who are reading these statements, read the REST OF THE STORY, as they say: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/abbott/110408

    The AoD has blackballed Michael since long before the Vortex was even a concept, and he was only taping the most unharmful of shows The One True Faith. The problem with the AoD is that they don’t like it when someone is telling the Faithful what the Fullness of Truth really is. And no one has been able to figure out why that is the case. There are a lot of people who would like to know what EXACTLY do they have a problem with, because they refuse to say.

  3. “The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labor camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails, and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like… the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern.” – C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

    Or, God help us, most Diocesan Chanceries? And neither is Michael Voris going to be invited to diocesan fund-raising parties shaking down bloated plutocrats for dough to help keep their massive ships of state afloat. Maybe that’s a good reason to watch him and hear what he has to say.

  4. RealCatholicTv.com is such a breath of fresh air! It blows away the stench of modernism, relativism, and hypocrisy. So many people have fingers in their ears and blinders over their eyes concerning the astounding losses the Faith has suffered over the last half-cebtury. If telling it like it is hurts, it’s a pain necessary for healing. God bless Michael Voris and all the others “in the trench” fighting for the unvarnished truth!

  5. “Mr. Voris makes comments that certainly can be interpreted as being insensitive to people of other faiths. The Catholic Church teaches us to respect all people, regardless of their faith tradition.”

    Well my faith tradition is Roman Catholic and I certainly feel disrespected and ostracized at many so called Roman Catholic events including Masses. The Church is crumbling under the weight of apostasy. God preserves those last remnants of orthodoxy to lift up His Church again. Pray, pray and pray and keep your eyes and ears open the whole time. Wiley are the ways of the evil one.

  6. Is the “National Catholic Reporter” an approved apostolate? Is Planned Parenthood’s presence on or connection to 150 Catholic universities and colleges an approved apostolate? Are all the Gay/Lesbian (etc., etc.) clubs on Catholic campuses approved apostolates? Was pro-abortion President Obama’s speaking engagement at a Catholic university an approved apostolate? Is “Deacon’s Bench” an approved apostolate? Just asking.

  7. Mike’s style is rather unvarnished, and that ruffles relativistic feathers. B16 has repeatedly come under fire for drawing the lines of distinction between Catholicism and other faiths. As our Pope has said, we cannot discuss our differences unless we first identify them.

    Mike’s style is not my own, but I fail to see the insensitivity to other faiths, of which he stands accused. Either the Church is correct, or she is not. In proclaiming boldly what the Church teaches, Mike strips away the fifty years of Catholics apologizing for being Catholic-which has been the substance of so much “ecumenical” outreach.

    As I said on another thread, Mike and I were seminary classmates, and one learns a great deal about a man in such close living and working quarters. He is a genuinely good guy without a bad bone in his body, but he is uncompromising.

    In that, he joins the ranks of such stiff-necks as Saint Paul the Apostle. That such quality of character is unsettling to an Apostolic Successor is an occasion for pause.

  8. Michael Voris and RealCatholicTV are, I agree, a (much needed) breath of fresh air. However I would be curious to see if they ever do an investigative report on John Paul II’s incomprehensible and catastrophic lack of judgement in governing, particularly in his choice of Bishops and his deliberate steadfast refusal to allow any investigation of people such as Cardinal Gröer and Marcial Maciel.

  9. Deacon, have you checked out what Mr. Voris says? I have been following his videos for the last year+ and I can say that he hasn’t once taught anything contrary to the Faith! I have been a premium membership and seen more than 50% all the videos that he has made…I have yet to see him stumble! Just because a Bishop doesn’t approve of his style doesn’t make him a leper! But you are giving him alot more free advertising! I pray that the hearts of those that are watching/reading anything about this incident will be open to see the gem with have in Mr. Voris and crew!!!!

  10. We as a Church need more “voices crying in the wilderness” such as Mr. Voris. Recently we have seen some of our more Devout +Bishops starting to speak out on scandal and truth. I pray daily for many more to answer the call. Truth will save our Church, complacency will destroy her.

  11. There is so much evil within the Catholic Church, especially the U.S.C.C.B. / C.C.H.D. all the way back to Mr. Evil himself, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, that we are amonst not just unbelievers in Jesus and his church teachings when it comes to the clergy, but an epedemic of worship Lucifer himself. So why should we expect the prelates to act any other way when the light of Christs words are shined on them by Mr. Voris?

  12. This is the Response to the Statement of the Diocese of Scranton which RealCatholicTV posted on its website today:

    “A week ago, the Diocese of Scranton declined the use of its facilities to Michael Voris of RealCatholicTV and President of St. Michael’s Media, after he was invited by popular demand to speak at a local Parish.

    Michael Voris only strives, without ambiguity, nor shade of cowardice, to share the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and exercise his legitimate freedom of opinion as explicitly authorized and earnestly solicited by the Supreme Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church, in particular the Second Vatican Council (cf. Decree, Actuositatem Apostolicam, 10). Nothing predicated by Michael Voris has been demonstrated by the Diocese of Scranton as being contrary to the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.

    RealCatholicTV, in due charity, has invited the Bishop of Scranton to work with Michael Voris to spread the official Catholic Faith, and defend the Church against her true enemies, instead of selectively permitting individuals like Sara Bendoraitis to exemplify in his Diocese a radical proabortion and homosexual rights agenda gravely deleterious to real Catholic morals.”

  13. I feel deeply indebted to Michael Voris and RealCatholicTV. As a traditional, orthodox Catholic, I live in virtual isolation; in a sea of liberal Catholicism where nothing is sacred anymore. Neither priest nor bishop is willing to preach what I learned as a youth in Catholic school. Wathing RealCatholicTV each evening is my only source of comfort. I will always remain a traditional, orthodox Catholic and will continue to pray for Michael Voris and his work.

  14. Wow! This guy sure has a lot of fans–even on the Deacon’s Bench. In a way, I hope critical feedback from the hierarchy won’t put him out of business. His claims of being a “real” Catholic and speaking for other “real” Catholics (as opposed to those with presumably less claim to that title, like the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) are so outrageous that Voris makes humbler Catholic traditionalists cringe. When I talk to my classes about the danger of using a Google listing as a guide to the Catholic faith, Voris is my prime example of an online wolf in sheep’s clothing. I do recommend that our candidates for the diaconate check out this site and Deacon Bill Ditewig’s, but if they want reliable information about our faith, I urge them to avoid self-proclaimed “real” Catholics and head straight for the Vatican or the USCCB.

  15. LOL! Too funny!

    I could write a book about the hypocrisy and deceit of the chancery in Detroit. Until it’s written, you can do your own research on the corruption in Detroit. Fr. John Hardon said Detroit is the second-worst diocese in the country.

    Do a google search for:

    1 – University of Detroit, abortion, Maida

    2 – Shirilla, McGrath, Maida, pedophile

    3 – Dignity, Detroit, McGrath

    4 — http://www.catholicculture.org/news/features/index.cfm?recnum=20961

    Archbishop Vigneron might turn his attention on his own house before attacking men like Voris,who agree with Church teaching.

    Catholics worldwide will be amazed to learn that Vigneron is lately DEFENDING Bishop Gumbleton!

    History won’t believe it.

  16. Amen to all of the post above, except Ron….

    Sorry Ron, but Mr. Voris is pretty much in line with Rome, at least the Rome that is in line with the Holy Father! And, instead of tearing him down, we should be grateful for his courage.

    I would like to ask Mr. Voris, though, how is the view from on top of that Cross?????