Friday, October 28, 2011
What Makes "Real (?) Catholic T.V." Real Catholic?
And then there’s Michael Voris and “Real Catholic T.V.” Michael Voris might be a real Catholic but “Real Catholic T.V.” is not really Catholic—at least in any sense that the Catholic Church recognizes. Let me explain. What Sister Never Knew and Father Never Told You is not a Catholic Blog. O sure, it’s author is a Catholic in good standing, very good standing. But the blog itself: it is neither endorsed nor sponsored by the Catholic Church. I have no authorization from the Holy See or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), or a local bishop to produce this blog. Of course, I wouldn’t want one—nor do I need one. This blog is about history—not faith or morals. I make no pretense of doctrinal authenticity in matters of faith and/or morals. I wouldn’t deliberately lead people astray regarding the Magisterium but even when dealing with matters of faith and/or morals, I will only present them from a historical point of view. And history falls outside the authority of the Magisterium—which is one reason, by the way, that I went into history and not theology. But Mr. Voris works very hard to give the (false) impression that he speaks for the Church when in fact he speaks only for himself. There is no guarantor that he is, in fact, “orthodox” or that he accurately represents the position of the Holy See or the teachings of the Church. In fact, he is often at odds with the Church in some of the claims that he makes especially on the “flash points” of ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue, sacred worship, canon law, Church authority, and several other topics. No one, at any level of Church authority, has granted Mr. Voris recognition as being an authentic channel of Catholic doctrine. Mr. Voris, like others such as Father Maciel of the Legionnaires of Christ, Father Fessio, Mother Angelica, the former Father Corappi, and various others, has discovered that a neo-traditionalist message brings considerable financial advantages. I believe however that unlike Father Fessio and Mother Angelica, Mr. Voris is not acting in (mistaken) good faith but simply establishing himself in a niche in the neo-con market for his own financial and career purposes. The primary aim of the vortex is to suck money out of the pockets of those who mistakenly believe their support of Mr. Voris is a support of an “authentic” Catholicism.