Saturday, December 24, 2011

And Now a Little Voris (facing the) Music

The Church encourages the Christian faithful to promote or sustain a variety of apostolic undertakings but, nevertheless, prohibits any such undertaking from claiming the name Catholic without the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority (see canon 216 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law). For some time, the Archdiocese of Detroit has been in communication with Mr. Michael Voris and his media partner at Real Catholic TV regarding their prominent use of the word "Catholic" in identifying and promoting their public activities disseminated from the enterprise's production facility in Ferndale, Michigan. The Archdiocese has informed Mr. Voris and Real Catholic TV, RealCatholicTV.com, that it does not regard them as being authorized to use the word "Catholic" to identify or promote their public activities. Questions about this matter may be directed to the Archdiocese of Detroit, Department of Communications.   Archdiocese of Detroit
Back in April I sent Real Catholic TV an email, wherein I quoted Canon Law and asked by what episcopal authority do they use the word "Catholic".

According to Canon Law, no apostolic endeavour or association shall bear the name “Catholic” without the express permission of competent ecclesiastical authority (Canons 216, 300, 803§3, 808). While this norm is not always known or followed, it is meant to protect the faithful against misrepresentation by groups that do not promote the true Faith. Any association bearing the term “Catholic” in its name should have proof of consent by competent ecclesiastical authority.

Can. 216 Since they participate in the mission of the Church, all the Christian faithful have the right to promote or sustain apostolic action even by their own undertakings, according to their own state and condition. Nevertheless, no undertaking is to claim the name Catholic without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority.
Can. 300 No association is to assume the name Catholic without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority according to the norm of can. 312. 
I quoted Vox Cantoris from his comment on this post then I went on to ask this.
 I ... ask you, which competent ecclesiastical authority gave you permission to use the name Real Catholic TV.  If you had no such authority, wouldn't that mean you are in contravention of the above mentioned Canon Law. Especially considering the fact that you say the org is all lay people.
 What I got in return was a statement that pretty much said that they would run the question past CARD. BURKE, their friend, and if he thought that it was important, they would take it seriously. I deleted the post, because the comments got sidetracked and in the comments someone else was offended.

Anyway, my argument on this, whether you support Voris or not:

Premises:
1)Canon law, as I've quoted above(# 216, and 300)
2)RealCatholicTV's own statements that they have never sought ecclesiastical permission for ANYTHING that they do,
3)RealCatholicTV's statement that they always follow canon law to be obedient.
4)They are stationed in Detroit,
5)Their ordinary is the Bishop of Detroit
6)The Bishop  is bound to uphold Canon Law

Therefore if the Bishop of Detroit discovers they have no authority to use the name Catholic, and are therefore in contravention of Canon Law (by their own admission), and in order to enforce Canon Law, orders these loyal and obedient (to Canon Law) people cease and desist, will they now obey their bishop as canon law says they must?

And if they refuse to obey and work to seek that permission from the proper ecclesiastical authority, won't that mean they are deliberately in contravention of Canon Law and thereby nullifying premise 3.  And if they stubbornly refuse to adhere to canon law, wouldn't that make them dissidents and thereby by definition NOT  real Catholic.

O BTW:Where is Card. Burke, their friend?  Why doesn't he save Real Catholic TV?

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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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