Michael Voris banned from Scanton PA Diocese – UPDATED April 8, 2011Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness.
Well, this is rich – Michael Voris has been banned from speaking in the Scranton, Pennsylvania Diocese for being too Catholic:
The Diocese of Scranton has determined that Mr. Voris will not be allowed to speak in a Diocesan or parish facility. After these engagements were scheduled, the Diocese became aware of concerns about this individual’s views regarding other religious groups. In videos posted on the Internet, Mr. Voris makes comments that certainly can be interpreted as being insensitive to people of other faiths. The Catholic Church teaches us to respect all people, regardless of their faith tradition.
Although the Diocese shares Mr. Voris’ support of efforts to protect human life, his extreme positions on other faiths are not appropriate and therefore the Diocese cannot host him.
Voris’ “extreme position” was the default position for the Church a few decades ago. False ecumenism implies equivalence where there is none - but I doubt this is actually about Voris’ comments with regard to other faiths, this is about Voris’ challenging statement regarding the state of the Church in this country. Remember, Scranton is the Diocese where the very orthodox Joseph Martino was forced to step down as bishop due to a threat of schism eminating from the Call to Action types there. Almost unheard of nowadays, the Vatican accepted his resignation – and a more “moderate” man took Martino’s place as bishop.
I don’t think Voris would have been banned had Martino remained in place. And Martino was driven out due to having offended his brother bishops, and possibly more importantly, the demonrat party hierarchy, with his unremitting orthodoxy. All the other reasons stated were just smokescreen.
And the stated reasons for Voris being banned from Scranton are equally smokescreen – he is banned because of his recent attacks on the institutional Church in the United States. That is my opinion, anyway.
Be careful, Michael. This is how they get you declared persona non grata, and a tremendous amount of trouble for your apostolate can flow from that.
UPDATE: I don’t think I have to note the extreme irony that the completely, 100% orthodox Mr. Voris is now officially banned from a diocese, which will make future engagements more difficult from him anywhere he is engaged to appear, while known, ahem, <cough> dissenters <gag> ranging from women’s fake ordination proponents to those who reject Church doctrine on homosexuality or abortion or contraception or fornication or whatever groinal issue is at stake still not only have free reign to speak anywhere they please, many even have letters of recommendation from bishops in various places that serve as a kind of key, that grants instant approval to speak in virtually any diocese. Does anyone else see anything wrong with that state of affairs?