Now I'll admit, I watch the Vortex daily. I'll also admit that I've learned more from RealCatholicTV.com than I ever learned in my let's-all-hold-hands-and-sing-RCIA-class. Does Michael Voris often say things that need to be said about the insane things that have been going on in the world, particularly in the US, in recent years? Yes.
If you watch the Vortex you'll quickly see that Voris is passionate about the subject about which he speaks. He's human, just like you and me, but he makes some good, valid points. Points that very often need to be made.
Back when I hadn't been running this blog for too terribly long, the CCHD scandal broke. Catholics across the country were stunned to find out that money they'd tossed into the basket on "CCHD Sunday" had gone to abortion supporting groups (among other things...). Some blogs exploded over the incident (it is hard not to be upset about it...). Others accused those who were upset of being horrible Catholics and basically said "if a Bishop says its okay, its okay and we are not to question it..."
Sigh. I'm all for being loyal to the Magesterium and Church teaching. But what do you do when the Bishops themselves are disagreeing, vehemently, over what is right? During the CCHD scandal you had Bishops saying that they were very much worried about it and were stopping the collections in their own diocese and then you had Bishops telling the Catholics in the pews not to worry their pretty little heads about what was going on and to keep on giving.
And that's what came to mind when I began reading the articles about Michael Voris this morning (most of them are linked to at the end of this article).
I must admit, I never once thought that Voris was instructing anyone to leave The Church when I watched the episode. He was telling people that if their pastor devoted the Easter Sunday homily to "Earth Day" instead of Christ's resurrection, than they were better off someplace else (as in, at another Catholic Parish). Was he a little over the top? Probably. Is it better to hear his passion for Christ and His Church than the apathy that has allowed the last forty years of heresy to unfold? Most likely.
A lot of people are talking about the "Cult of Celebrity." First it came up with Fr. Corapi and now with Mr. Voris.
They are men, they are fallible. But they've also given a lot to the world of Catholicism in terms of teaching and spreading the faith.
And I think they at least deserve to have their words left untwisted and to be considered innocent unless found guilty.
There just seems to be way to much "throwing people under the bus" these days in the Catholic blog world. Sometimes I feel like people are hedging their bets after the scandals of the past. Maybe we've all just become a little too cynical.
I'll be keeping my subscription to RealCatholicTV and I'll continue to learn from their great programing (their apologetics program is wonderful, as is One True Faith!!!)... and I'll pray that we can all be a little more charitable both online and off...