Michael Voris And The “Nice” Bloggers

I cannot say that I always agree with Michael Voris. I remember an extremely questionable “vortex” about homosexuality, another about the best form of government for a Catholic country, a third (very recent) holding a rather extreme (though by no means isolated) view about how many people are saved; and if I must say it all, I also confess to a strong dislike of his post-68 style of dressing; things like jacket without tie, or jacket over casual trousers…but I digress.

Very often, though, I agree with what he says. Take the video above for example, a passionate defence of Truth over convenience, and proper instruction over “niceness”.

False charity doesn’t work and whilst most priests still don’t get the message, most bloggers do. Blogging is – in most cases – not their profession and the reason they blog is that – be they clergy or laity – they want a message to be spread, that they see not sufficiently talked about. Their blogging is the reaction to the utter failure of the professional clergy – collectively seen, and with the usual exceptions – to do a proper job.

This mentality has, in the last half century, sent countless faithful to their grave with a gospel of “niceness” at all costs and “celebration” as absolute centre of their spiritual life whose usefulness in the economy of their salvation can only be described as tragically inadequate.

No, blogs don’t have to “be nice” and come to that, priests don’t have to be it either.  What they must be is truthful, crystal clear, assertive, uncompromising. It is not a surprise that the call to more “niceness” would apparently come from the same “establishment” (to use Voris’ words) that has, through its lack of truthfulness and love for harmony at all costs, caused the explosion of Catholic blogging  in the first place. By calling for a non-divisive approach, they show that they still haven’t got the message that the Church is divisive, because the Church is in opposition to the world.

There is, I am afraid, no escape from this. The very moment you open your mouth and say that you’re a Catholic, you must know that you have no other choice but fight or appeasement. It must be so, because human nature is so. Being a Catholic – and saying it – means being unpopular among many, being vilified at times, being considered “uncharitable” by those who have made of niceness a religion, being considered “divisive” by those for whom inclusiveness comes before Truth. But it also means doing your duty, being a small but willing soldier of Christ, helping others to know the Truth, and avoiding becoming accessory to other people’s sins. Whoever has told you that to “fight the good fight” meant to “celebrate the inclusive celebration” was wrong.

Most bloggers will continue not to be very “nice” I am afraid. At least until the clergy will continue to be it.


Posted on May 25, 2011, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I agree with you about that Catholic government video — what a travesty that was. Though in fairness he did seem to retract it in a subsequent video. He got a lot of angry responses from atheists.

    Spot on also about ‘nice’ bloggers. I fear I could be included in that criticism.

  2. Well he had to made clear what he meant, always a clear sign that you have made a mess of things in the first place.

    More alarming was the one about homosexuality, with the strange idea that homosexuality be a kind of cross that God gives you so that you may help humanity through your suffering. That homosexuality is a perversion and God doesn’t make anyone a pervert didn’t seem to occur to him. I think he got the point, though, because after rich internet criticism he never went back to the matter.

    The last one about the number of the damned is, if you ask me, rather extreme but completely orthodox. I do think, though, that he takes everything a bit too literally. A couple of years of Italy, and contact with good Italian priests and families, would do a lot to give him that suppleness and right perspective that sometimes seems to abandon him.

    Still: thank God for Michael Voris.


  3. I certainly don’t include you in my criticism to the “nice” bloggers, just as well as I have not thought of you in my blog post about Catholic blogging that will be published tomorrow.

    Your site is truly invaluable in the material that it puts to the faithful’s disposal. You’ll read tomorrow that I believe in only linking to a selected number of blogs and only after one is sure that they match the ideals and scopes of one’s blog. Yours is among the chosen ones 😉


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