of our mission in CFC-FFL is to rise up
in defense of the Church, whenever she is
threatened or attacked. Unfortunately, there
is the enemy within, the liberal/progressive/dissident
Catholics who contribute a lot to weakening
the Church and confusing the faithful. We
are committed to speak out whenever such
Catholics, including clerics, teach whatever
is not faithful to the authentic Church
anti-life and anti-family forces are out
to destroy the basic foundations of our
Church -- that of faith, family and life.
We are in a real state of all-out war!
Regrettably, at times clerics and religious
may become complicit in aiding and abetting
the enemy. Are faithful and orthodox Catholics
just going to stand by and allow our Church
to be weakened?
these liberals will accuse us of lack
of civility or lack of charity. Well,
that is precisely part of the problem.
They want to be politically correct. They
do not want to offend. They try to avoid
conflict by watering down any aggressive
defense of the faith. But when so-called
Catholics do that, they are the ones who
lack charity. Charity is about the truth
that sets us free. The Church's mission
in life is to save souls. How can this
be done if Catholics are being led astray?
We must speak clearly and strongly about
what is authentic Catholic teaching, and
oppose those who teach otherwise.
Alternative Catholic Media Holding
Hierarchy’s Feet to the Fire of Orthodoxy:
Michael Voris of RealCatholicTV
3, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)
– The internet has provided a means
for orthodox Catholics to skirt or otherwise
defeat the blockading of an orthodox voice
in Western media, said Michael Voris,
creator and public face of RealCatholicTV,
an internet-based apologetics organization,
in an interview with the Associated Press
Rachel Zoll quoted John Allen, the Vatican
correspondent for the liberal National
Catholic Reporter, who has coined the
term “Taliban Catholic” to
Catholics who insist that the Catholic
Church’s hierarchy and administration
toe the line of authentic Catholic teaching,
especially on life and family issues.
Liberal critics such as Allen suggest
that these lay pioneers of internet-based
alternative media are stepping out of
line, attempting to “purge dissenters”
from the Church.
Michael Voris told LifeSiteNews.com
today that he and his colleagues, as well
as a handful of other groups like Austria’s
Gloria TV, are only doing what they are
called to do by virtue of their baptism.
told Rachel Zoll, “We’re no
more engaged in a witch hunt than a doctor
excising a cancer is engaged in a witch
hunt. We’re just shining a spotlight
on people who are Catholics who do not
live the faith.”
Voris started his career in mainstream
television, and after a conversion, started
St. Michael’s Media, and then RealCatholicTV
as a means of spreading Catholic teaching
in a Church that he says has given up
doing so at the official level.
told LSN, “We
move on the assumption that the vast majority
of adult Catholics simply don’t
know their faith because it never been
presented to them. They might have got
a piece of it here or there, but for the
most part they don’t understand
90 per cent. They haven’t been taught.
spoke about the growth of his work, from
its start just two years ago. “We
have a circulation that would make any
diocesan newspaper envious. When a video
has finished its run on Youtube, it’s
been seen maybe 15,000 times.
hope is that this large group is able
to tune in and say ‘I never heard
project is starting to bear fruit in conversions
and reversions to the faith. Voris says
that his office constantly receives emails,
phone calls and letters from viewers who
say they have learned more about the Catholic
faith from his work than they ever did
from the often very liberal official Church
in especially most English speaking nations
his intention has never been to exclude
or “purge” anyone. “A
bunch of people who want to be dissenters
aren’t going to like it,”
he said. “But it’s not our
goal to squeeze anyone out.”
was not so gentle about the Catholic hierarchy,
however: “Bishops are a different
story from the laity who aren’t
catechized.” (See example of Voris
video - Burke
current disaster in the Church is the
fault of the bishops and the priests who
have failed to teach the faith. Lay Catholics
must realize that in many cases they’re
not hearing the fullness of the truth.
And that’s the bishops’ fault.
They need to be called out.”
in many nations, he said, have “refused”
to say “uncomfortable” things
about birth control or homosexuality.
He pointed to the current move in several
parts of the Catholic world to reduce
the number of days outside of Sundays
that Catholics are under a serious obligation
to attend Mass.
constant stream, the constant message,
is that being Catholic is fourth or fifth
on the list of importance in life.”
work of groups like RealCatholicTV garnered
criticism from Terrence C. Donilon, the
spokesman for the archdiocese of Boston,
who told AP, “The lack of civility
is very disturbing.”
accusation of a “lack of civility”
or “a lack of charity” is
becoming a common one for Catholic officialdom
to level at Catholic internet activists.
It was reiterated in 2009 by a member
of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council
for Social Communications.
a Vatican-sponsored conference in Rome
last year, Fr. Thomas Rosica, the head
of Canada’s Salt and Light Television,
the creation of “some sort of framework
or guidelines” for bloggers and
other internet sites that are pressing
for a greater emphasis on doctrinal orthodoxy
from Church leaders and institutions.
There has to be “some form of oversight
provided by the Church,” Rosica
similar suggestion of authoritarian, top-down
control was also made in the UK by the
Catholic bishops where a small group of
bloggers, made up mainly of ordinary diocesan
priests, lay students and housewives,
has been a thorn
in the side of a hierarchy heavily dominated
by the left.
June Bishop Gabino Zavala, the head of
the U.S. bishops’ conference communications
committee, said that there is “consistent
agreement” between bishops that
the orthodox Catholic blogs and websites
are “most alarming.”
are particularly concerned about blogs
that engage in attacks and hurtful, judgmental
language. We are very troubled by blogs
and other elements of media that assume
the role of Magisterium and judge others
in the Church. Such actions shatter the
communion of the Church that we hold so
involved in the alternative Catholic media
projects say they expect opposition to
grow the more they increase their influence
in the Church and secular politics through
savvy use of the internet.
“Taliban Catholic” term was
leveled recently by the UK’s Austen
Ivereigh against the head of the Society
for the Protection of Unborn Children,
John Smeaton, who is considered one of
the most effective pro-life leaders in
in the lead-up to the visit of Benedict
XVI to Britain, launched a media liaison
project that he said would present a more
reasoned, measured Catholic voice to media
commentators. In an interview, Ivereigh
said he had received applications from
“Taliban Catholics” but had
weeded them out.
however, noted the irony of the liberals
accusing orthodox Catholics of a lack
of charity by calling them members of
the murderous Islamic Taliban.
we say that a person, a public figure,
is not living the faith, we’re saying
something accurate about what he is doing.
But calling faithful Catholics the ‘Taliban’
because they want the bishops to be more
faithful is a straightforward slur.
not blowing up buildings, we’re
not murdering women or cutting people’s
heads off. It’s just an insult,”
to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."