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I get it it. I understand that websites cost money and media outlets are expensive to operate - EWTN for instance, like CBN and Jim Bakker need donor support to exist. Nothing wrong with that.
The other day I left a comment on Fr. Longenecker's FB page promoting his blog post on his review of Michael Voris' new book. The blog post is available to donor subscribers only, and so I simply commented, "Pay for view". It was a sort of comment that could be taken any way I guess. I simply made the comment, as one might in a conversation - a throw out comment. Online it's difficult to pick up on that, especially if one is accustomed to criticism, or my own 'crack-pot' comments. I 'liked' Fr.'s response explaining the expenses of operating a website and why some of his stuff is reserved for the donor-supporters. That's fair, it makes sense, and he's a writer and deserves to be paid. Not a problem. It just seemed weird in that particular instance since his was a 'review' of Voris's book - at Voris's request, which is naturally something done as part of promotion and to boost sales. So one has to pay to read a review as well? I'm just saying. I don't get out much.
I know one subscribes to news online, the NYT and WSJ give readers 5 freebies a month, after that one must subscribe to read more. That's fine if Catholic entrepreneurs follow suit. It's fine if people support themselves through donor subscriptions and all of that. Nice work if you can get it.
With Voris - or 'Church Militant' - it seems a bit more like 'war profiteering' at times. Their attack upon Church officials and at times, detraction of bishops is deliberately incendiary and provocative, it often goes beyond denunciation of clerical corruption. I think they and others misinterpret the understanding of Church militant, which comprises all of us who struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil. It is not a struggle against fellow Catholics or the hierarchy. It is not about enforcing canons and interdicts or calling for judgments against ecclesiastics. That's not the spiritual combat Christ calls the ordinary Christian to.
I would never contribute to sites which promote that sort of thing.
Maybe flaming like Savonarola, but...
UPDATE: I just got this piece of tabloid crap from CM's Facebook page. The comments are scandalous and disgusting.