The "Michael Voris" + "Homosexuality" labels at the bottom of this article mean something different than they have before.
Michael Voris has admitted to living a homosexual lifestyle and general unchaste life before his reversion to the Church. He says his is making the admission to preempt the Archdiocese of New York from discrediting him with his past.
This brother needs our prayers now. If you find his shows edifying, you might want to mention his whole enterprise, because the Bear would have to guess Church Militant's future is in doubt. No one is going to tune every day to The Vortex with Christine Niles. No offense to Christine, but Michael is not only the face of CMTV, but the heart and credibility: the "talent."
Everybody's got a past, some worse than others. The happiest news about this is that Michael says he escaped the terrible snare of a homosexual lifestyle some years ago. The Bear has written before about "Headlines in Heaven," and that, not his past sins, is surely the headline.
Michael asks forgiveness, as well he should, but on account of the scandal. Not whatever he did in the past that has been confessed and absolved. Frankly, the Bear couldn't care less about that, and can't even say he's shocked. Rough times, these.
There are really three issues the Bear feels are appropriate to raise at this early stage. If they're not, please forgive the Bear, as well.
It is hard for Bears to be delicate, so he'll just say this first one, because he thinks it is fairly in play.
The first is not everybody is the right person for every job, even if they are proficient and zealous. Perhaps his own life experiences may have contributed to his concern about homosexual elements in the Church. But some soldiers must admit that even wounds that have healed can linger as disabilities, and they must not lead the charge, however fearless they remain. They put their cause and comrades in unnecessary danger. The Bear has learned this in a much different context. Lots of people are likely to get hurt over this. Our common enemies are dancing with glee.
The second is related to the first. We must be careful to put very few eggs indeed into the basket of any Catholic celebrity. Any of them -- any of us, although we may do damage to fewer people -- may be snared, and some of us exposed, at any time.
But the worst part is that the Archdiocese of New York stands accused of planning to make Michael's sordid past public in order to discredit him to their own gain. It is well-known that Michael has been a determined critic of not only homosexuality in the Church, but specifically in the Archdiocese of New York. Not too long ago, he sat at a desk with his fellow broadcasters and himself threatened to name names there.
The Church is supposed to forgive our sins, then bury them. It does not blackmail us with them if we dare to speak out. The very idea is grotesque beyond words.
According to the Catholic Herald, an Archdiocese spokesman said, "“It is absolutely, 100 per cent untrue that the archdiocese was collecting and preparing to release anything concerning him personally or his website.”
Obviously, some serious threat brought Michael to this painful admission, but let's hope the plot -- if there was one -- was very limited, and appropriate action will be taken against anyone involved in such despicable tactics. Everyone eventually gets the right chance to do the right thing, so who knows?
This situation is what it is. We've seen similar scandals before, but we still can't really understand them. We still feel the same sick lump in our stomachs. This one is different in that it is all in the middle distance behind Michael, or so he says, and the Bear has no reason to disbelieve him. There are other issues, but those are for Michael Voris to deal with privately in the coming weeks.
St. Corbinian's Bear's ephemeris stands 100% in solidarity with Michael Voris and Church Militant TV during these very difficult times, and prays that God finds for Michael his best role for the Church, and also for Michael Voris.