Sunday, August 30, 2015
Let's Pray Michael Voris and the CM-TV Staff Take Tantum's Blog Post to Heart
And...I have to agree with Tantum. I've thought for awhile that Church Militant TV is over the top in their attack on the traditionalists. The smearing of Catholic Family News, John Vennari, Chris Ferrara, et al earlier this year was beyond the pale. I blogged about it at the time because I thought it was so unprofessional.
I hate to say that because we desperately need truth-tellers who lift the rocks to expose the public scandals in the Church and those committing them. As a good priest once said to me, "If you can't stop a scandal, the next best thing is to expose it." And Michael Voris and his team did it so well in the past. Why they shifted to attacking the SSPX as public enemy #1 I don't know. I've never belonged and have never attended an independent chapel, but I remember the days when the SSPX was formed. I think Archbishop Lefebvre had good reason to be concerned.
We lived in a parish, rather ordinary I'd say, where we had several pastors who committed egregious scandals. The worst pastor ended up leaving to get married. He wore butterfly vestments at my fourth child's First Communion and that about described his approach to the Church. Flit from one thing to another and defy Church doctrine on issues like contraception, abortion, etc. I never once heard him preach what I would call an orthodox sermon; it was all homilymush. During his reign we had liturgical aberrations, nothing but fluff love for sermons, and really bad CCD and RCIA programs. He detested Pope Benedict. I was on the parish council at the time which was filled with liberals. At one meeting all the others were trashing the pope until I piped up quietly saying, "Gee, I kinda like Pope Benedict." They all shut up.
Liturgical abuse was rampant everywhere in those days (1964 on), much worse even than what my parish had. Sex ed was introduced into Catholic schools and doctrine was expelled. That was the environment Archbishop Lefebvre faced. And my understanding is that France was particularly bad. I realize the SSPX Masses are illicit, but they are valid. Confession and Matrimony are problems because priests need faculties from the local bishop to celebrate those sacraments. Nevertheless, my sympathies are with the SSPX who see the serious problems in the Church when many pretend all is well.
Today, I find myself watching The Vortex less frequently and going to the website rarely. I used to post The Vortex on my blog several times a week. Not so much now.
Let's pray that Church Militant TV experiences a revival. We need strong voices in the Church to call for fidelity to Jesus Christ and His teachings. We sure aren't hearing those strong voices from the pope and the bishops for the most part. Just look at the World Meeting for Families with its organizing team loaded with pro-aborts funding Democrats who hate Church teachings. What's wrong with that picture?