Saturday, November 29, 2008

Calling all (real) Catholics: Michael Voris needs a chorus

Michael Voris[Update: The video 'A Short Story' was pulled from RCTV's library some time ago when they were rearranging their site. Unfortunately, it was not saved.]

Having spoken out a time or ten against the sweet-talking new-age messiah myself, I fully understand the depression attached to the newly elected democratic pro-death administration that many faithful Christians now suffer. But as John Paul II used to say, "Be not afraid," for God has sent us a voice—or Voris—to lead us in the coming battle that his namesake angel and saint first fought so long ago.

Michael Voris' new Web venture, RealCatholicTV, is the classic example of a dream that was both a long-time coming and one that arrived just in time. After graduating from Notre Dame in 1983 and briefly considering the priesthood, Voris used his gift to broadcast news for various CBS affiliates around the country ... But fifteen years of secular reporting made Michael more restless than ever, and after three years of producing a Catholic news show on the side, last March Michael finally resigned from secular journalism (being asked to do a story on Madonna's bra was the last straw) and, with the help of another former Domer, Marc Brammer, founded the first Catholic Web station, RealCatholicTV.

"I really love your spot, The Vortex," I told Michael referring to his daily free video commentary on the world from a Catholic perspective. "I especially liked 'A Short Story,' your parable about an Obama-esque king."

"Why thank you," Michael acknowledged.

"Mike, I'm mostly familiar with your free programming [which besides The Vortex, includes Today's Saint, Today's History, and the news from a Catholic perspective]. But The Vortex is my favorite. It's not only insightful, but hard hitting. I mean, at Mass, sometimes priests will come right up to the edge of a subject like abortion, but never cross over the line and really get into it ..."

"You mean challenge people?" asked Mike.

"Exactly!" I agreed.

"You know, Tom, as a newsman, I traveled around the country and was able to attend a lot of Masses in a lot of parishes, but I'd say probably less than five percent of the priests challenged people to act."

"Which is where you come in," I told him. "I found it interesting that in one of your The One True Faith episodes, you said something to the effect that 'All the evil in the world can be attributed to lukewarm Catholics.'"

"Tom, that was actually me quoting Pope St. Pius V."

"Wow! Well, that quote certainly came true with lukewarm Catholics in this election. I mean, on the one hand, it was good that many bishops spoke out so strongly about voting pro-life ..."

"Yes, it was wonderful that approximately a quarter of the U.S. bishops did speak out," Michael concurred, but then paused. "But that also means that about three quarters of them did not."

"By calling yourself RealCatholicTV ... are you in some way saying that EWTN isn't?" I asked.

"No, not at all," Voris answered. "I really admire what Mother Angelica accomplished, for her founding EWTN was pretty much Mother thumbing her nose at the liberal bishops she dealt with."

Still there can be no doubt that as much as Voris supports EWTN or Relevant Radio, Mike takes the fight one step further. In fact, when Voris told his lawyer what he planned to say when RealCatholicTV was set to hit the Net, he was advised in no uncertain terms that his venture would never get "not for profit" status. Not that this modern-day prophet expected to see any profit; Michael spent nearly all of his life savings on his one priceless pearl, in return asking only for the opportunity to use his gift for God.

"How's it going so far?" I inquired.

"Well, since our broadcasts began in October, we have about 8500 registered for our free videos and 200 on our premium pay services [which feature ten full-length shows including Voris' award-winning The One True Faith]."

"Well, you knew it wouldn't be easy not only getting enough subscriptions and donations to keep going ..."

"Yes, there are tremendous costs involved ..."

"But also the fact that the Obama administration could easily shut you guys down."

"Oh, we're fully expecting a legal battle once the Fairness Doctrine passes," Mike said calmly. "Either that, or a fire bomb through our window."

But just as in the case of the saints in the former days of Christian persecution, the imminent threat just makes Michael speak out all the more. Thus, I pray that all Catholics of good faith begin tuning into The Vortex before it's too late. As for myself, I'm about to become RealCatholicTV's paid subscriber #201.


Laura The Crazy Mama said...

Oooo, thanks for the tip! I'll go check him out right now!

Catholic Mission said...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Michael Voris affirms rigorist interpretation of dogma outside the church no salvation: says there is no “anonymous Catholic”

When Michael Voris on Real Catholic TV refers to outside the church there is no salvation he means, outside the church no salvation as interpreted by the Church Councils, the popes, the saints and Fr.Leonard Feeney. Since the baptism of desire and being saved in invincible ignorance or a good conscience are explicit only in Heaven

The Letter of the Holy Office 1949 endorsed the rigorist interpretation of the dogma when it directly referred to the ‘the dogma’, the ‘infallible’ statement. (1)

Catholic Mission said...

Michael Voris also on Real Catholic proclaims the dogma outside the church there is no salvation (2) and says on another video that there is no anonymous Catholic.

There is no anonymous Christian no known case of a Catholic saved ‘anonymously’. If there was an anonymous Catholic in the present times it would be known only to God. So it could not be an exception to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus which he endorses in its rigorist interpretation. There can only be the rigorist interpretation! We can never know cases of non Catholics saved in invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire, with a good conscience or the seeds of the Word, with elements of sanctification or in imperfect communion.

All the Catechisms of the Catholic Church including the present one (3) have affirmed the rigorist interpretation of extra ecclesiam nulla salus as did the Vatican Councils (4).

We accept the baptism of desire and invincible ignorance as possibilities. We accept in principle that a non Catholic can be saved with the baptism of desire or invincible ignorance. De facto (explicitly, in reality) we do not know any such case.

Fr. Karl Rahner S.J’s theory of the ‘anonymous Christian’ is irrelevant to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. Since we do not know any single case of a person saved as an anonymous Christian it does not contradict Vatican Council II which affirms the rigorist interpretation of extra ecclesiam nulla salus. It states all need Catholic Faith and the baptism of water for salvation (to avoid Hell) ( Ad Gentes 7,Lumen Gentium 14).

No pope or Councils has stated that the baptism of desire etc is an exception to the dogma or that we know explicit cases. So Michael Voris on Real Catholic TV is affirming the teaching of the Magisterium before and after Vatican Council II.
-Lionel Andrades


Catholic Mission said...



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The Vatican Councils of the Catholic Church have clearly taught that formal membership in the Catholic Church IS absolutely necessary for salvation

No pope has said that those saved in invincible ignorance are known to us and so are exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus

Being saved in invincible ignorance is not a defacto exception to the teaching of Cantate Domino Council of Florence