Church Militant TV video
Detroit Free Press reported in February 2012…
“….For much of his life, Michael Voris of Ferndale was a lukewarm Catholic, someone who usually just went through the motions at church.
But after the sudden death of his brother in 2003 from a heart attack and the death of his mother from stomach cancer the following year, the former TV reporter became a changed man.
“Her dying really kind of started to wake me up,” Voris recalled. “You have to face mortality. And then the questions came pouring in: What is the meaning of life? Who are we as human beings? Is there life after death? Those are fundamental questions everyone has to look for.”
Voris found those answers in the Catholic Church. In 2006, he formed St. Michael’s Media, a Catholic TV production company and studio in Ferndale. And in 2008, he helped launch Real Catholic TV. Today, the never-married 50-year-old is consumed by his passion to promote what he considers the one true faith. Working up to 18 hours a day, seven days a week, Voris is on a burning mission to save Catholicism and America by trying to warn the public about what he sees as a decline of morality in society.
But it’s a vision that has rubbed some the wrong way. His critics said his remarks, at times, promote division and extremism. Catholic officials from Pennsylvania to Spain to Detroit have warned people that he doesn’t speak for the Catholic Church. The Archdiocese of Detroit released two public statements on Voris, saying in December that the TV station was not permitted to have the word “Catholic” in its title. After receiving complaints from Voris’ supporters, it sent out a second release last month reiterating its stance.
But Voris and his supporters said it’s their critics who violate the core teachings of the church. They’re not surprised by the attacks because they see them as part of an effort to water down the faith.
“Chaos has run through the church for the last 40 to 50 years,” Voris said. “For people who are faithful Catholics, it’s a source of great sorrow. It’s definitely broken.”
The tension between the two sides reflects an intense debate among Catholics over how to stem the number of Catholics leaving the faith. Liberals argue that people are leaving because the church is too strict and outdated, but conservatives such as Voris say the opposite is true.
Voris said the church’s liberal tilt in the years after the 1960s reforms of the Second Vatican led to declining mass attendance and the decline of morality in the West. In his videos — which on YouTube have drawn more than 10 million views — Voris criticizes everything from abortion (comparing it to a holocaust) to contraception to liberal Catholics who promote feminism and homosexuality. In one of his more controversial videos, Voris said:
“The only way to run a country is by benevolent dictatorship, a Catholic monarch who protects his people from themselves and bestows on them what they need, not necessarily what they want.”
After an uproar, Voris apologized, saying that he misspoke but he stands by his larger point, which is that a society needs strong morals in order to survive.
Last April, the diocese in Scranton, Pa., banned him from speaking in its facilities after it received complaints about his comments on other faiths.
In response to the criticism, Voris told the Free Press:
“Current culture doesn’t let things be said plainspokenly. It’s … political correctness. Anything somebody takes offense at, whether it’s true or not, seems to be out of bounds.”
Despite the controversy, Voris travels the world to promote the Catholic faith. He has done shows in Nigeria, the Philippines, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium and Germany and has upcoming trips to New Zealand and Australia.
Voris’ efforts are financed by Marc Brammer, a business developer for Moody’s who lives in South Bend, Ind., and is a member of Opus Dei, a somewhat controversial group known for its traditional views….”
Tour schedule May 6-15th
Sydney: Tuesday 6th of May 7:30pm: Melkite Catholic Centre, 80 Waterloo road, Greenacre.
Wednesday 7th of May 7:30pm: Melkite Catholic Centre, 80 Waterloo road, Greenacre.
Wagga Wagga: Friday 9th of May 7pm: Mary MacKillop College, 231 Gurwood Street, Wagga Wagga.
Melbourne: Saturday 10th of May 6pm: Ramada Encore Hotel, 50-52 McCrae St, Dandenong.
Sunday 11th of May 4pm: Ramada Encore Hotel, 50-52 McCrae St, Dandenong.
Albury: Tuesday 13th of May 7pm: TBC
Wednesday 14th of May 7pm: TBC
Brisbane: Thursday 15th of May 7:30pm: The Colmslie Hotel, Wynnum Rd, Morningside.