Church Militant (CM) has been on a crusade against the SSPX for some time. They've also gone after The Remnant and Catholic Family News, specifically Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara. Why? Apparently because they support the SSPX and are working to "unite the clans." More recently CM turned their cannons to take aim at LifeSiteNews, one of the best Catholic news sites on the internet in my opinion.
All of this appears to be motivated by CM's determination to damage the SSPX as much as possible and any groups who take a more objective view of the SSPX apostolate. What's particularly appalling to me is their designation of all critics as "pedophile enablers." Is name-calling an intelligent argument! It seems that in CM's playbook an accusation, no matter how questionable, must be true if it advances the SSPX assault. They resemble the Democrats in that way -- and Saul Alinsky. "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Push the agenda, the truth be damned if it doesn't advance the agenda.
I've been grieved to see the trajectory at Church Militant, because I helped them get started when they were still calling themselves Real Catholic TV. After several years I told the webmaster to take their link off our website as their tactics and reporting became more questionable. I stopped trusting them several years ago.
While they're busy pointing the finger at others, Church Militant has their own skeletons in the closet. I'm friends with someone who worked for them for several years and have heard quite a few disturbing stories. I never pursued or wrote about them, because it was all second hand and lacking any hard evidence. However, there are two reviews on the site below from people claiming to be former employees that seem to confirm what my friend described. But they're anonymous, and that always makes me take things with a grain of salt:
I also read an article several years ago written by a student who interned at CM. He quit after they refused to use a piece he wrote about Cardinal Timothy Dolan where he tried to be "fair and balanced." He said he was instructed to make it more of a hit piece. To his credit he refused and left rather than compromise his integrity. I wish I had saved the article.
Pushing and magnifying the negative, CM's obvious approach, is the same secular tactic of, "If it bleeds it leads." I've often thought the mainstream media actually relished calamities, even "human interest" tragedies that can boost ratings. What a cliff hanger to see rescue teams digging through rubble to rescue survivors trapped under the debris from an earthquake or building collapse! Indiana Jones, call your office! News anchors and talking heads almost salivate over tragedies and scandals. "Wow," you can almost hear them say, "Did you see the spike in our viewer numbers?"
CM gives me that same queasy feeling. Are they really about defending the faith and advancing the truth? Do they love Jesus Christ and the Bride of Christ, Holy Mother Church? I sincerely hope so. But I have a little nagging doubt that their main objective is building their media empire while they demonize the competition. They seem to want to be the only kid on the block. And, frankly, I've always wondered what kind of faith inspires a Lenten "retreat" on a cruise ship.
But there are other disturbing things about CM. It's common knowledge that Simon Rafe, executive producer, developed a sexually explicit video game called "The Dark Knight" and that Michael Voris had a long sojourn as an active homosexual. Would you want either of them to babysit for your children? Can people repent? Of course! But my friend said the atmosphere at CM was "weird," with disturbing sexual undertones and ended up in counseling for post traumatic stress after leaving. Is my friend any less of a credible witness than Hannah, a major contributor to the claims made by Jassy Jacas against the SSPX? Jassy says she didn't believe Hannah at first and Hannah's former roommate disputes her story. The commenters on Susan's post went ballistic about her attacking "a victim." Isn't that getting a little old? Remember the attack on Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford? And the attack on Clarence Thomas by Anita Hill. "The women get nothing out of it!" the victimologists shout! Ford got a book deal and Hill is in the black museum instead of Thomas.
But what if the priest, not Jassy or Hannah, is the victim? Has CM interviewed Hannah's former roommate or do they consider her a "pedophile enabler" like all those who disagree with their biased coverage?
LifeSiteNews has a three part series on the allegations against Fr. Duverger and the SSPX written by Stephen Kokx. It's a model of fair journalism giving both sides of the story. I recommend especially Part III:
Be sure to read the comments as well. Is there a financial connection between the SSPX haters and CM? CM accuses LifeSiteNews of being financially supported by the SSPX. Is that a case of deflection to cover up their own financial dealings? Who funded the building of their new studio?
And then there are all the impressive biography claims. I recently read a blog post listing CM "deceptions." Since I couldn't confirm the reliability of the author, I won't link, but he raised some interesting points. He claimed Voris didn't really graduate from Notre Dame. I tried to find Voris on the alumni list for 1983 and couldn't. I also looked on the Emmy list for those years he says he won regional Emmies for documentaries from1990-1994 in Detroit. I couldn't find any evidence of that either. But perhaps I missed something. I don't have a research staff. Maybe it's time for someone who does to give CM the same scrutiny they give others. In the meantime, I rarely go to their site because I don't trust them. Sad, because they've done some good work in the past.
As for Susan's piece, I thought it was brilliant. I probably wouldn't have included the stuff about Jassy's weight since it isn't necessary to the story, but it wasn't my story. Susan and I have had some vigorous disagreements over the years, but we always treat each other with love and respect because we do, in fact, love and respect one another. I'm privileged to work with her! I'm so glad she said yes when I asked her to join my blog!