I stopped subscribing to the Church Militant TV videos when they announced their papolatrist policy. Haven’t given them a single thought since.
Then today a reader emailed to alert me to the above video in which – from around the 33rd to 47th minute – Michael Voris and his two colleagues launch into one of the most savage and untruthful assaults on the SSPX that I have ever witnessed (and I’ve witnessed some corkers, believe me.) Seems some Cardinals in Rome told Voris that the SSPX is definitely in schism, in fact, one said: “It is beyond doubt that they are in schism” and that’s good enough for Michael. It might have been Cardinal Kasper, for all we know, but hey, who cares? A Cardinal said it and it’s what the ignorant Mr Voris wants to hear, so that’s just fine and dandy. He threw into the mix Pope Benedict’s comment in Summorum Pontificum (SP) to the effect that the Society does not exercise legitimate ministry in the Church and threw up his hands, fait accompli. No in depth examination of the issues whatsoever. An unnamed Cardinal’s opinion, other unnamed Cardinals in the background, and a statement from Pope Benedict taken out of context. Voris clearly doesn’t DO serious research…
Earlier in the video, the mantra was to the effect that we must all lament the “reactionary” Catholic media who, while they may correctly diagnose the crisis, use the wrong methodology to correct it – naughty to mock and ridicule the Modernists… However, it’s perfectly in order to mock and ridicule the “reactionary” Catholics who frequent SSPX chapels or even simply support them. One of the most striking pieces of mockery is when Voris laughs at the expulsion of Bishop Williamson from the Society of St Pius X, saying that he was expelled for “disobedience” and expressed the view that this is ironic (less politely, take note). He hasn’t noticed, apparently, that no Modernist bishops have been given as much as a disciplinary rap on the knuckles for their scandalous disobedience, let alone been expelled from the Church. In fact, wasn’t one of them appointed to lead the recent Synod on the Family? The one who doesn’t want any of us to call adultery “adultery”? No mocking now. He’s in communion with the Pope and Church – unlike the SSPX. This, folks, is the level of “intellect” with which we are dealing over at Church Militant TV.
Under fire in this shallow interview are several American publications, classed as “reactionary” and considered dangerous because they are supportive of the SSPX – The Remnant, Angelus Press, Catholic Family News.
The whole thing is shallow and unimpressive. A real giveaway is the description of “reactionary” Catholics guilty of “idolising the Latin Mass.” That says it all, really.
This totally biased and ignorant conversation about the SSPX prompted me to break my self-imposed rule of ignoring the Voris video club, in the hope that we can help readers who may be influenced by the false information peddled in the above film. I was disgusted at the dishonesty of the CMTV staff – and the number of them. Clearly, cash is not a problem over at CMTV – just knowledge of the Catholic Faith and the ability to recognise real schism when they see it.
So, thanks to the reader who alerted me to this unconscionable and utterly dishonest conversation. It confirms my own view that Michael Voris and his staff at Church Militant TV are a major part of the problem in the Church today. They are not even remotely part of the solution. You won’t hear the truth about the crisis in the Church from them. If you currently subscribe to their videos, I recommend you unsubscribe. Like yesterday…