It's always something.
I came online and discovered Voris 'outed' himself because as rumor had it:
“We have on very good authority from various sources that the New York archdiocese is collecting and preparing to quietly filter out details of my past life with the aim of publicly discrediting me, this apostolate and the work here.” - SourceI hate it when that happens. Poor Michael has been accused of being gay ever since speaking against the so-called gay agenda, gay seminarians/priests/bishops and others. It always happens when you do that: Speaking out about the evils of homosexuality, contesting the Gay-Catholic Movements, without a proper certificate of heterosexuality and or some sort of academic pedigree ...
Would the NY archdiocese collect and filter out details of Voris' past life? Not officially, but maybe a well meaning employee might. It could happen. There has to be some truth to the story, for Michael to reveal this stuff before it made 'news' online.
I admire Michael for his courage. I totally understand why he wanted his past to be behind him. I admire and understand completely his fight against the evils of homosexuality, challenging Catholic officials and institutions for their support of homosexuality, and so on. It's 'dirty work' exposing others - what goes around, comes around.
I feel bad for Michael. I've always liked him and often agreed with him - sometimes I've been a bit shocked by his material - but I think I knew he had some experience - I just didn't care to know and I would never say it out loud even if I had. I hate it that gay people insist people 'come out' or seek to 'out' others. Now it has become a social obligation more or less - people think you are dishonest unless you come out.
He apologised to those who were hurt by the revelations, saying: “I want to take a moment to apologise to anyone who is wounded in any way by this. I did not intend to deceive. I just didn’t see the need to provide up-close detail of past sins in order to inform people of the Faith.
“I thought it sufficient to simply state the true and overriding fact that I had led a horrible life, and through my mother’s efforts, been given sufficient grace to come home as a prodigal son.” - Source
I recall telling a guy who worked for me, who knew I shared a house with a friend - a man, that I didn't want to talk about my private life because people would think I was gay. Yet that knowledge pretty much confirmed for my coworker that I was. It's a no-win situation. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. You almost have to pass a litmus test to prove you are not gay or sexually active, or, if you do not vehemently speak out against the 'gay' you are somehow supporting it or too soft on the 'gays'. Voris says: "I did not intend to deceive." I know he didn't. I never did either.
Voris wrote of his discovery of “God’s saving power”: “I was restored to life. It is real, every last bit of it. And when you know it, you know it – and you want everyone else to know it. And you want to make sure nothing stops them from knowing it like you know it.” - Source
Like I have said, over and over, I've always liked Michael Voris. He's a good man. This will help many to understand his sense of urgency and militancy. This will help him grow in humility and love and deeper devotion to Christ who 'raised him up'. I think he may even be more effective now - since it will be difficult for his foes to suggest he doesn't know what he's talking about. It's clear he does.
My prayers and best wishes to him, and empathy with this unfortunate experience. Be not afraid, my friend.