Michael Voris exposes the hypocrisy of “Catholic in good standing” May 31, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, self-serving, sickness, the return.
The Dolan-Cuomo “Catholic in good standing” imbroglio revealed a lot more than, I think, was intended. It showed how the hierarchy uses the term “Catholic in good standing” to label what is acceptable Catholic behavior, and what is not. So, apparently, being a radical marriage-destroying, baby-killing, contraception-distributing fornicator leaves one “in good standing,” while criticizing the hierarchy, or even revealing embarrasing truths, denies one that very critical label. That is why the professional Catholic crowd – the Sheas, the EWTNers, the speaking circuit guild, etc., so rarely criticize the hierarchy – doing so would end their careers overnight. And such is well known to all the members of the approved speakers guild.
I know the lack of “Catholic in good standing” credentials has caused Michael Voris headaches in the past. But it’s done little to prevent his apostolate from growing, and explosively. That is because the old school means of blocking criticism or keeping information bottled up has collapsed. The internet has made everyone a publisher, a broadcaster, and a source of information. The old controls the bishops have over “approved media” like the Schismatic Reporter no longer work. And that has caused no end of heartburn in chanceries around the country.
But I’ll go a bit farther than Michael. There are definitely people who, to many in chanceries and at the USCCB, are most definitely NOT Catholics in good standing. Or, at least, they don’t receive the cherished letter that is the ticket to (sometimes lucrative) Catholic speaking engagements, diocesan endorsements, etc. etc. So while Sr. Joyce Rupp has that “approved letter,” even though she conveys little but soul-endangering (destroying?) new age claptrap, Michael Voris, by dint of his refusing to hide the manifest failures of the episcopate, does not. Traddies in general also constitute a rather substantial block of people routinely denied that official approbation, because they question aspects of Vatican II or point out rather stridently the collapse in the Church since then. These people almost never get to speak on Church property, they have to hold forth in secular conference halls, hotel meeting rooms, etc.
With regard to Michael Voris, there are many tales to tell, but they are his to tell, and not mine. Let’s just say, he’s had sponsors, and lost them, because he wouldn’t play ball, and now he is basically persona non grata to the professional Catholic set in the US. Have you ever wondered why Michael essentially never speaks on diocesan Church property in the US, but he does so overseas routinely? Ever wonder why Michael spends sooo much time travelling overseas? Well, this is why, he’s blackballed in the US, but the long arm of the USCCB does not yet reach to the Philippines, or European countries, etc.
It’s not just Michael. As he shows in the video, others who say uncomfortable things or who refuse to ignore the elephant in the room of Church collapse are treated similarly.