Detroit tells Michael Voris he is not authorized to use the word... term... "Catholic".
The Church encourages the Christian faithful to promote or sustain a variety of apostolic undertakings but, nevertheless, prohibits any such undertaking from claiming the name Catholic without the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority (see canon 216 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law). For some time, the Archdiocese of Detroit has been in communication with Mr. Michael Voris and his media partner at Real Catholic TV regarding their prominent use of the word "Catholic" in identifying and promoting their public activities disseminated from the enterprise's production facility in Ferndale, Michigan. The Archdiocese has informed Mr. Voris and Real Catholic TV, RealCatholicTV.com, that it does not regard them as being authorized to use the word "Catholic" to identify or promote their public activities. Questions about this matter may be directed to the Archdiocese of Detroit, Department of Communications. - SourceThey can do that.
On the other hand, I am Catholic - and no one can take that away from me. I'm also a Catholic who blogs, but I do not put myself out there as a spokesman for the Catholic Church. I was neither authorized nor commissioned to blog. I know my place and stay away from church activities, lest I be tossed out in the street for improper credentials or not dressing appropriately.
Anyway - perhaps Michael Voris needs to head to the chancery and ask for a proper commissioning rite - like they do for lay hospitality ministers, lectors and EMHCs? The entire congregation could raise their hands during the rite of commission and Voris could maybe get a cape or something to signify he's a real Catholic.
H/T to Mark Shea - who is also Catholic and enjoys it. To Ray at Stella who sent me Fr. Z's post on the matter. Merry Christmas my Catholic friends.
Now back to regular Christmas programming, with Manny, Moe and Jack...