Friday, December 23, 2011

"No Catholic for you!"

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,, 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. - Source
They 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...


  1. ROFL!

    Merry Christmas Terry!

  2. I think it's delicious karma. He has set himself up as an authority on who is and who is not a "real Catholic," and now his bishop has weighed in.

    Very interesting.


  3. This is pathetic.

    I think Mr. Voris is a moron, but he does not deserve this, nor any other Catholic sinner.

    How about the Diocese telling members of the Freemason Lodge they are no longer Catholic, or can no longer call themselves Catholic?

    What stupidity.


  4. ... and a happy little 'ole new year to you! :)

  5. The Michigan Catholic, which has the support of the archdiocese, is known for publishing some of the worst heterodoxy--yet for some reason it gets to retain its "Catholic" name while RCTV, which is 100% orthodox, is targeted. It is rank hypocrisy.

    One can be sure it's not coming from Abp. Vigneron, but from certain liberal, pro-homosexual chancery staff who have it out for Voris and his apostolate. These are likely the same staff members who operated under that openly pro-homosexual dissenter and former bishop of the diocese Thomas Gumbleton.

    In any case, from what I know, RCTV is owned by a gentleman in Indiana and is under the jurisdiction of the Ft. Wayne, IN diocese--so the Archdiocese of Detroit has no authority in this matter.

  6. Voris responds:

  7. Christine - excellent! Thanks for the link.

  8. Did you see his message for today? His "Christmas Encyclical?"

    "This helpless appearing child is a mighty king who launched a secret invasion behind enemy lines and immediately set about destablizing the existing world order."

    And yet another..."Even the angels who appear on that first Christmas night make this blindingly clear, the holy heavenly host, an angelic army arrayed for battle hovered over the nearby hills." Really? I thought that "suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying..." meant just that. Glad to know that they were there to fight and not praise God. See what my liberal post Vatican II catechism class didn't teach me? And now I know. Thanks Mike!

    And as if that isn't enough to stir you: "This about the fight and serving our King in the battle. God himself has prepared us for war." "He calls you to arms..."

    And finally: "This is the supreme gift you can give your King (here he picks up a sword, literally), to pick up your sword and pledge Him your life and your honor."

    I am so inspired that tomorrow morning I am calling Father and see if we can change the final hymn at Midnight Mass tomorrow from "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" to "Onward Christian Soldiers."

    Really? This is Catholic? I want to be like Mike!

    Merry Christmas soldiers! No Christmas truce for us!!!

    Sgt. Ace

  9. John: See Ephesians 6:11-17

    The Christian life is one long warfare against sin, and a battle to save souls.

    If you took him literally and thought he meant going out and fighting *people*, you misunderstood.


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