World Youth Day Madrid 2011 officially disavows any connection with Michael Voris

This is quite unusual, perhaps even unprecedented, in the 27-year history of the Vatican-sponsored World Youth Day (WYD) events held every three years in a major city around the world. The official WYD website contains the following announcement in which it takes the remarkable step of publicly spurning American Catholic Internet commentator Michael Voris

It has come to our attention that Michael Voris, a US based media producer, is scheduled to offer independent catechesis sessions out of a hotel in Madrid during World Youth Day 2011. There has been some confusion regarding his affiliation with World Youth Day. Michael Voris, the clergy and the laity associated with him, and their media efforts “Real Catholic TV” and “No Bull in Madrid” are not in any way recognized or approved by World Youth Day 2011.

Catechesis at World Youth Day is offered by Bishops of the Catholic Church in union with Pope Benedict XVI, who has invited the young people of the world to join him in Madrid for this celebration of faith and life. The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Laity selects and invites Bishops, and only Bishops, from around the world to conduct Catechesis sessions at WYD in various languages. 

Participants in the World Youth Day 2011 Cultural Program must be recognized and endorsed by the Bishops and Episcopal Conferences of their respective countries. Participants were selected for Cultural program by the World Youth Day organization in close collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Those groups participating in the World Youth Day 2011 Cultural Festival have been selected because, through their various activities, they promote the authentic teaching and unity of the Roman Catholic Church and have been endorsed by their local Bishop and Espiscopal conference. Michael Voris, “Real Catholic TV” and “No Bull in Madrid” did not receive such endorsement from their Bishop or Episcopal Conference.

Michael Voris, “Real Catholic TV” and the program “No Bull in Madrid” are not accredited to or recognized by World Youth Day 2011. . . . (continue reading)

162 Comments

  1. mary

    God bless you Mike Voris and RCTV!!! Your teachings have helped me grow in my Catholic faith and love of the truth. Thank you and good luck in Madrid!

    1. SDT

      And of course, leaving your message here makes sense why?

      1. Patrick Madrid

        I think Mary assumes that Michael Voris is reading these comments. I don’t know for sure if he is or isn’t, but my educated guess is that he is.

      2. TCM

        Well, Mr. Madrid, if Mr. Voris is reading, then let me grab his ear:

        Mr. Voris: Your business model is going to lead you into schism with the church. You will not be able to maintain this game where every day there is some new outrage, without finally having to leave the church you say you love, because your economic survival will demand it. If you start praising the bishops, praising the church instead of the daily rant, your subscriptions will dry up. This is not a hate note. This is one Catholic warning another that he may be endangering himself, and therefore something you should be sympathetic to hearing. You are not fomenting a love of the church, you are fomenting hate of other Catholics and of the bishops who are given their authority through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and you will answer to God for it. The church will always be imperfectly run, Peter was imperfect, too, but you would not be free to sneer at him or foment scandalous hate for him, without displeasing Jesus. You should think about that. You often say good things that I actually agree with, but I cannot watch you above a minute because I can’t what someone else in this thread called the “snotty teenager” thing. Maybe you don’t realize how bad it’s become. You weren’t always this annoying, but I can’t watch your videos any more.

      3. Paco

        Jesus Christ our Lord himself kicked out the unfaithful. If a schism happens it will be for the lack of love to our Blessed Mother and her son Jesus Christ. Do not put the blame on anyone else for the decisions and actions of others. What about being mature and acting like grownups?

      4. Shawn

        Now see this is a good example of vitriol folks. First the writer assumes that Mr. Voris is doing what he is doing for economic reasons. Maybe that is true we don’t know this is an assumption. Then the writer assumes that the motivation of money would force Mr. Voris to lead many souls astray. Then the name calling comparing Mr. Voris to a “snotty teenager”.

        TCM this was a poor attempt at charity, You had some good points. Mr. Voris does need to be careful that his ego and pride to not lead him and others to hate the Church. I bet if you talked to him one on one he would tell you that he prays for protection from that daily. If he does slip up one day I expect you to be the first one to point it out, and will be right beside you.

        God Bless You.

      5. Ryan W.

        Patrick,

        Thank you for all you do for the faith and fore bringing attention to this strange announcement by WYD Madrid regarding RealCatholicTV. I have enjoyed your radio show when I have the opportunity to listen to it and have grown in my faith reading your books especially the pocket guide to apologetics, Search and Resucue, etc. Lastly, your CD for Lighthouse Media on why you are Catholic was great to listen to as well. I’m sorry I missed your Men’s retreat hear in Colorado the other month but some of my friends made it and really enjoyed the talks.

        I wanted to add that if Michael Voris is reading these comments, thank you Michael for all your efforts to spread the faith as well. My wife and I have learned alot from the One True Faith shows, your CIA episodes, Armor of God, etc. May God continue to bless your ministry as well as Patrick’s and protect all those who strive to spread the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church. Please keep fighting the good fight and God Bless.

  2. Nate Cameron

    I found out about Michael Voris several years ago after reading about him in the Q&A section of EWTN’s website. I have been to his tv studio outside of Detroit to watch a filming of his CIA series. Let me tell you, this guy is authentically Catholic! You can’t deny his message as it is the truth of the Church! Sorry if the message comes out of season for the liberal Catholics who long to be the next protestant community, but I for one recognize when the USCCB and their “Professional Cathlic” cohorts try to smear a man supporting our Church and our Pope.

  3. Lake

    It’s strange that the WYD organizers felt they needed to clarify anything…Voris never claimed to be approved or implied that he was approved or endorsed. Lay Catholics do not need to be approved to teach the Faith, nor do they need to be approved catechists.

    People may or may not like Voris’s tone, but i challenge anyone to come up with an example of him teaching anything that countermands Catholic teaching. Yes he can be critical of some bishops, but some bishops may need to be prodded a little to speak up for the Faith.

    Just so nobody is confused, there is nothing wrong with coming to see him speak in Madrid regardless of his status of approval. The WYD organizers should be given the utmost respect for the job they are doing, but they are not an authority that requires obedience.

  4. JamesD

    The USCCB has no authority anyway, so who cares. It is amazing that the WYD people would go out of their way to single out Voris. There are a lot of evil people that go there giving out condoms and such, and no condemnation.

    Anyhow, Voris is smiling for all the publicity he is receiving. Congrats Voris.

    1. Donncha O'Connor

      The Archbishops are appointed by the Holy Father and represent him in their dioceses. I take exception to Voris advertising that he will be giving “No Holds Barred” talks on the Church’s teaching on Sex without the endorsement of the Church. We have four teenage children. The oldest three went to WYD with our parish youth group and I would have been very upset if any of them had left the WYD site, in a strange city to go to a hotel in the eveinig to listen to a man’s opinion of what the Church teaches regarding sex. He has no authority and no accountability to teach such things to young teenagers.

      The Holy Father is our supreme authority!

  5. JamesD

    Augustine said: “and is quite selective in which teachings of Holy Mother Church they endorse?”

    Well, at least you admit what he chooses to endorse is indeed the teachings of Holy Mother Church.

    1. Augustine

      Indeed, not unlike the task that Luther charged himself with. In the end, the result is the same: the breaking of the body of Christ. Thanks to the likes of Vorris, the faithful will feel justified to leave the Church, pretty much as we’ve been seeing with the followers of John Corapi.

      1. Shawn

        Augustine,

        Mr. Voris would never call for people to leave the Catholic Church. You must not listen to any of his presentations. If you had you would be very embarrassed by your posting here.

        Mr. Voris would be the opposite of Luther. Mr. Voris is standing firm as a member of the Church Militant and stays tight to Church doctrine. In fact he has inspired me to love the Church more and to fight for her and to win souls. The Western church is in dire need of conversion to the One True Faith.

  6. Paco

    All I will say is that many bishops, cardinals, priests, nuns, etc. are right now burning in HELL. Yes, they are with satan, as they served him and lost his sheep. But hey, do not trust me, why don’t you read what MANY REAL SAINTS have said about that, or what about our Lady of La Salette or even Fatima. I hope they enjoy their time on earth because Jesus Christ is coming soon.

  7. Ana

    Laudetur Jesus Christus!

    After reading a lot of the reactions to the presence of Real Catholic TV team and Mr. Voris in Madrid, one question came to my mind: how many of their critics REALLY did something in order to rise their own level of knowledge about the Church’s teachings or to help the conversion of others staring with their own family and friends, let stay unknown people God brought on their journey?
    How many are apostles in their parish and have been confronted with the difficulties of teaching Catechism to children and youth A.D. 2011? How many of their critics have done something, like at least a prayer, in order to save the life of an unborn child? How many are contributing to the Culture of Life by helping young people to re-discover the virtues of chastity? Not many I think.

    Only being involved in an apostolate helps you to realize the intensity of the represent spiritual warfare, the efforts needed to acquire the expertise in order to help those in need, plus many other qualities.
    Those involved in an apostolate will agree with me that when it comes down to the financial aspects of found rising consists in begging money from others and using a lot of your own money. Just as in the case of Real Catholic TV. The big money are invested in the culture of death by those who are continuously bombarding with immoral models our extremely disorientated youth in order to make even more money.

    Mr. Voris and his team at Real Catholic TV have the courage, the dedication, the expertise of real apostles. I am sure their apostolate will be officially recognized by the Church in a not so far time. Because their activities are contributing, just to give an example, to full in the gap between what the Church is wants since the Humanae Vitae going thought The Theology of the Body and the tragic reality of the lives of those who should be able to feel and act as daughters and sons of God. A gap made possible by all the priests thinking that a sacerdotal involvement is not necessary in the pro-life work. And I am quoting a priest who studied in Rome. This gap exists even in Italy. Here in Europe we have to invite chastity speakers from the States.

    As the Irish “Youth Defense” did for their pro-life event at the WYD in Madrid, the ONLY official pro-life event as I could detect so far. Having in mind the present cultural crisis would you agree this is too little for an event where so many young people are present? So the talk given by Mr. Voris will be filling another gap and it is a salutary initiative.

    One more observation to those accusing Mr. Voris of uncharitable tone. It seems to me that Mr. Voris and Real Catholic TV are specialized in apologetics and moral teaching. Which is different from holy preaching. Although I wish them to be able in the future to present programs with holy priests.

    Hopefully many of those who are sitting behind their PCs will be inspired by the example of Mr. Voris and his team at Real Catholic TV to come here, down, in the mud of the tranches and fight the fight needed in our time. The priest presiding my pro-life organization encourages us saying: ”If we are not doing it, God will make talk the stones”. Yesterday I realized that he was talking about our stoned hearts as well. Let us ask Our Creator to renew our hearts, to give us hearts of flesh and the Holy Spirit to set them on fire.
    Pax et caritas to you all!

    1. Ana

      A brief PS
      I have done an INJUSTICE to Real Catholic TV by placing the holy preaching in the future. The holy priest is already on the premium channel. Just it was somehow masked by the multitude of programs. During the short time since I am a premium subscriber there have been an explosion of various programs and I just cannot keep up!:)

  8. Ana

    Praised be Jesus!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this article! The author is WILD ENTHUSIASTIC about the initiative of Real Catholic TV and mr. Voris and INVITING the young Dutch pilgrims to attend these talks.Tom Zwitser could be considered the Dutch spiritual brother of Mr. Voris. And if you consider Michael Voris “uncharitable”, then it is better you do not know Dutch because Mr. Zwitser will give you the impression he is performing open heart surgery without anesthesia when analyzing the activity of some bishops in the Netherlands, starting from the situation in Scranton as mirrored by their official to Mr. Voris intention to talk on Church property.

    And mind you, Tom Zwitser is near the age range of the Madrid pilgrims and this means there is hope for the future of the Church in the Netherlands.:)))))))

    Thank YOU, Lord!

    1. Jane

      Anyone read Cardinal Sarah’s (President of the Pontifical Council, Cor Unum) address to newly ordained priests and deacons last week? “Divine judgment will fall on priests who do not oppose abortion, homosexuality”?

      I’ve clipped an excerpt from it below. The Vatican Cardinal and Mr. Voris are most definitely on the same side, same mind, and same dogma.

      Let’s recognize that there are two churches in operation today: the Church of God and the one of man. Now the question to ask yourself, to which do you choose to belong? There’s no question as to which Michael Voris belongs.

      Here’s Cardinal Sarah:

      “if we have fear of proclaiming the truth of the Gospel, if we are ashamed of denouncing the grave deviations in the area of morality, if we accommodate ourselves to this world of moral laxity and religious and ethical relativism, if we are afraid to energetically denounce the abominable laws regarding the new global ethos, regarding marriage, the family in all of its forms, abortion, laws in total opposition to the laws of nature and of God, and that the western nations and cultures are promoting and imposing thanks to the mass media and their economic power, then the prophetic words of Ezechiel will fall on us as a grave divine reproach.”

      Sarah quoted the prophesy of Ezechiel found in chapter 34:2-4: “‘Son of man, prophesy against the pastors of Israel to pastor themselves. Should not the pastors feed the flock? You have been fed with milk, you have dressed yourselves with wool. You have not strengthened the weak lambs, cared for those who were sick, healed those who were injured. You have not restored those who have strayed, searched for those who were lost. But you have governed them with violence and hardness.’ (Ez. 34: 2-4)”

      Robert Cardinal Sarah, Address to ordinands of the Community of St. Martin, June 25, 2011 (LifeSiteNews)

      God bless the Church Militant and spare us from the boneless dialoguing chickens!

      1. Jacqueline

        Amen and Amen! Wonderful response.

  9. Chris in Maryland

    I trust Voris – he’s a man of conviction and truth, a breath of fresh air. That WYD attacked him causes me to greatly mistrust the motives of the people running WYD. Glad I didn’t send my daughter to WYD after all…

  10. dar

    Once I had a very specific question about salvation, and I wrote an email to MV. He wrote back quickly but told me he did not want to answer my question in email. Instead, he gave me his personal cell phone number and I talked with him for 20 minutes or so as he was in transit to another meeting. When it comes to salvation, especially the salvation of others, he is serious. I believe helping others in this regard is his prime motivation. The reason he stands out so much is because few are as bold as he is in trying to do it.
    God bless him

  11. Lori Ann

    I was a regular viewer of the Vortex, but stopped watching it after viewing Mr. Voris’ piece on how others on the internet were being uncharitable in “tone” towards a particular high-profile priest who has recently been in the news due to a scandal surrounding him. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was hypocrisy to me. Chastising others for employing the very method he uses himself on a consistent basis. Cockiness and zeal are not the same, although, on occasions, they do share the same space. It also made me wonder if I had not become desensitized to his “in your face” style and, if so, why should that be considered a good thing?

    1. Shawn

      Lori Ann,

      I don’t think you are comparing apples to apples. I have watched every one of Mr. Voris’ videos. He certainly challenges those within the Church that either knowingly or unknowingly contribute to the kind of poor formation that permeates the western world. However challenging he may be his is always charitable. Also remember that correcting poor formation is charitable if your goal is winning souls for God. As for what he said about others tones, you must not understand the difference between sternness and vitriol. Mr. Voris is very stern, but he is not vitriolic like those people who comment negatively on the “high profile” Priest.

      To help you, understand that charity is associated with truth. Vitriol is associated with speculation and rumor. Maybe that was Mr. Voris’ point. Please reconsider your decision and God Bless You!

      1. Jacqueline

        I totally agree with you, Shawn. Both the high profile priest and Michael Voris are doing us faithful a huge service getting the truth out there. The USCCB took the Catechism out of Catholic Schools and CCD as a result of a misrepresentation of Vatican II. Consequently, we have several generations of Catholics who do not know their faith. This is one of the main reasons that so many young, cradle Catholic adults are leaving the Church or find it not necessary to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation.

        The high profile priest and Michael Voris have led more souls to Christ and back to Christ than all of the American Bishops put together. One would suspect a little jealousy here. In my opinion, both of these bold and courageous Catholic men have powerful people within the church and outside the church who want them muzzled! I pray that God will muzzle the evil one and the evildoers who are behind this whole mess. May victory be theirs! Praise to our Righteous and Almighty God now and forever. A reminder to those judgmental so-called Catholics out there! There is only one Judge and He is Jesus Christ.

  12. Pete

    Based on the news from Miami found on NewAdvent.org today (if it’s true) Voris will have a cornucopia of material to support his statements.

  13. sophie

    It’s his passionate style. And you have to think he is also another human soul like us with all his defects trying to be a saint as well. So if his personality gets the better of him, then we should just focus on his message. He just loves Christ and just wants to get the message out about defending Him and His Church. Michael is human is all am saying and am sure he would be happy to have a constructive criticism. Then you can email him to tell him that maybe he had misinterpreted the woman’s question and shouldn’t have called her a “heretic” etc. That’s fraternal correction that the Gospel is calling us to do.

  14. bjb

    If Catholic Answers would have done better to work with MV than to work against him?

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