Hilarious. Michael Voris apologizes for a story:
Hello everyone. Michael Voris coming to you from Rome with a clarification. This past weekend we aired a breaking news report about Cardinal Raymond Burke having granted an interview to a secular outfit in which he publicly revealed for the first time he was going to be transferred AND, in his estimation the pope not speaking out openly about the crazy ideas floating around the synod was harming the church. We decided to go with the story for two main reasons.
Secondly – unlike much of the “inside the Catholic world” news reports that had been published before – THIS one had been released by the secular media – it had broken out of the Catholic media bubble and into the mainstream.
We approached the story and its details strictly from a journalistic point of view. In hindsight, that was a mistake because ANOTHER unintended impression was generated – that we were criticizing the Pope.
Given that some people may think we were criticizing the Pope, it was wrong to air the story. I alone made the decision so the responsibility is entirely mine. Again, I was approaching this from a journalism aspect, and not enough, or at all, from an apostolate standpoint. Other media outlets who cover Catholic things can run with the story as a newsworthy story, but this apostolate has an additional filter. What we do at Church Militant.tv is use the tools of the new media to further the cause of the Church. Period. We don’t use them as an end in themselves. On this occasion, I unthinkingly inverted those priorities and ran with it. For that I offer you my deepest apologies and ask your forgiveness.
I have dedicated the remainder of my life to serving the Church and to have to consider that I did something that brought some harm to Her makes me heart sick. On a personal note, to show you how bothered in spirit I am by my actions, I chose not to receive Holy Communion on Sunday, and have gone to confession over this entire matter.
Now .. shifting to the harm to the Church question, again, the harm has come in that some individuals have interpreted this report as being a criticism of the Pope, and by extension the Papacy, and by further extension the Church.
Voris seems to confuse the Pope with the Church. He also seems to believe that any public criticism of a Pope is sinful. How he comes to this ludicrous conclusion escapes me. Popes have been subject to public criticism by faithful Catholics since Saint Paul withstood Saint Peter “to his face” on the issue of whether Jewish dietary restrictions should be imposed on Christians. Popes are not demi-gods, but men filled with flaws, as we all are, trying to lead the Church through frequently stormy times. The idea that the mistakes they inevitably make in their difficult task should not be pointed out by Catholics is not only unCatholic, it is anti-Catholic and plays into crude stereotypes that enemies of the Church have carefully fostered over the years. Voris has long posed as a valiant defender of the teachings of the Church. Here he fails miserably in his self-appointed role.