Sunday, July 31, 2011

The whole Michael Voris Kerfuffle

You might remember from this post that I asked if those at RealCatholicTV. com had ecclesiastical authority to use the Catholic in their name.

Now I've read, curtesy of this blog, a statement made by Marc Bremmer of Real Catholic TV that they have never received ecclesiastical approval for anything they have done.

"Nothing RealCatholicTV.com has ever done has been done with “approval” owing to the fact that “approval” is not required. The laity, or their efforts, do not operate as ecclesial bodies or functionaries (e.g., prayer groups and Catholic Bible Studies do not need “permission” or “approval” before commencing activities) nor is there any real mechanism in place for obtaining such approval.
For instance, not a single Vortex episode (nearly 800 to date) has ever been “approved” in the sense of receiving some official endorsement by the Church, nor are they required to be “approved” unless there is a claim to be speaking for the Church (which there is not).

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Our efforts in Madrid are solely our own undertaking, as is everything that we do. We consult greatly and regularly with various clergy and religious in many of our endeavors, and we are very happy for their support.

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The work of the laity, however, is NOT the work of the clergy. -

Yet they went on to say

The faithful at http://www.realcatholictv.com are in full compliance with the universal norms of the Code of Canon Law, the universal legislation of the Roman Catholic Church, which in no canon muzzles ordinary Catholic faithful from using themselves on the web as genuine instruments of dissemination of Catholic principles. To the contrary, the Second Vatican Council calls upon every single Catholic to do his or her share to build up genuine observance of authentic Catholic Faith and Morals, which we only strive to achieve in a concrete and updated format resonating with the youth of today.


How are they in compliance when they use the name without the proper authorization?  Why haven't they been able to get even Cardinal Burke to give them the authority, since they suggest in their email to me that they know him very well? I would ask Card. Burke to uphold Canon Law, either authorise their enterprise's name "RealCatholicTV.com" or order them to change their name. 

I don't particularly like Michael Voris, as I said here

But Canon Law is Canon Law. If, by Canon Law, you need approval to use the name Catholic, and you claim to be followers of Canon Law, you should obey all of canon law and seek permissionl for your name.

But hey, that's just me.

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Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20

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