Michael Voris came to town to report on the "scandal" of Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Voris didn't really get anything to report about Cardinal Dolan personally. However, Voris is now representing himself as Cardinal Dolan's victim, and the Catholic blogosphere is eating it up. Voris reports that he was "roughed up" by "Cardinal Dolan's handlers" at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC and actually shows us this on video.
A closer look at the video completely disproves his story.
The video starts out with Cardinal Dolan speaking in general to the press around him, saying, "Good to be with you all. I've been looking forward to this for a long time." Voris then interrupted the Cardinal to say, "Your Eminence, do you have anything to say to loyal Catholics who find what you are doing here a great scandal to the faith?" Think about the implications of that question. Voris, without any kind of warning, confronted Cardinal Dolan in a public setting and accused him of being a scandal in the Church and an offense to all "faithful" Catholics. Without using the words, Voris called Cardinal Dolan a heretic to his face. The impertinence and disrespect in this action is staggering. For those who do not agree with Cardinal Dolan or any other prelate of the Church, there is a time and place to talk to them about their disagreements. It is not on a public street in a public setting such as this.
I have to say, I thought Cardinal Dolan handled Voris's disrespectful actions very well. He did not berate Voris or embarrass him in any way, as he well could have. Instead, he replied, "No, come on in, we'd love to have you." The Cardinal then turned away from Voris, who responded in a loud voice, "That's not really an answer, Your Eminence."
What in the world did Voris expect? He obviously was doing nothing more than trying to bait Cardinal Dolan. The Cardinal was in the midst of his duties as Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Voris, with no invitation of any kind, pushed his way up to the Cardinal and blasted him with a terrible accusation. There is just no other way to describe this than a spiritual assault.
Voris tells us that after the Cardinal turned away,
One of [Cardinal Dolan's] handlers elbowed me in the stomach and within less than a minute another fellow came by and grabbed both me and my camera, Matt Pierson, and dragged us, pulled us, pushed us, out of the little srum, the press scrum that was developing and as you can see here in this video, it wasn't a very friendly scene.We are shown a scene where a man asks Voris, "Do you have a press pass, sir?"
Voris: "Yes, I do."
Man: "That's not from New York City. You have to leave."
Voris: "We don't need that."
Man: "You do. I said you do. You with him?"
The man then turned and said, "Officer, Officer, help me with this? Escort them out, please. Escort them out."
We can hear Voris in the background saying something like "We're not resisting."
Man: "You don't have a press pass. Out. Out."
Voris: "We're walking. We're walking. Which way do you want us to go."
Man: "This way."
Voris: "All right. We're walking. We're walking."
When Voris got to the gate, we hear someone say, "These guys are out."
It is important to remember where Voris was when he pulled this stunt. He was in New York City at a major event - more than 2 million people attend the parade. We have tight security at all times in this city, but at an event such as this, it is even tighter. Everyone is on high alert. Cardinal Dolan, being who he is and Grand Marshal of the Parade as well, was guarded very closely to make sure no one tried to assault him. Voris approached the Cardinal out of nowhere and blasted him with a very harsh accusation. The security personnel around the Cardinal, whose job is to protect the Cardinal, became instantly aware of this situation and their reaction was to check Voris out. I live in NYC, and I can tell you that no one is above suspicion here, and if you give the slightest sign of hostility, the authorities let you know. Since Voris did not have the proper credentials - no New York City Press Pass - they got him out of there as fast as they could.
Of course, the Catholic blogosphere has lit up with accusations against and condemnation of Cardinal Dolan. A few headlines:
"Cardinal Dolan's Jolly Demeanor - Thin Veneer for Thuggish Behavior."
"Voris Assaulted by Aberro-Grandmarshal's Goons at "St. Patrick's Day" Parade"
"Dolan's thugs caught in Vortex! -- proves existence of Irish mafia"
"All Are Welcome, Right? God Forgive Cardinal Dolan"
Of course, Pewsitter is always the best: "Voris Snubbed, Assaulted by Grandmarshal Dolan's Goons at "St. Patrick's Day" Parade."
No one is better than Pewsitter at misleading headlines.
Cardinal Dolan actually had nothing to do with the situation with Voris. His "handlers" as Voris labels them, or as the Catholic blogoshpere refers to them, "thugs" otherwise known as Security, are the ones who reacted to Voris, and by doing so, they were doing their job. It's amazing. Voris shows complete disrespect for a Cardinal of the Catholic Church, and the Catholic blogosphere calls Cardinal Dolan the bad guy. Now THAT is a scandal.
Voris ends his video with, "You deal with the Church of Nice, and the Church of Nice ain't so nice."
When will Voris ever take responsibility for his actions? Why does he think he can go on day after day criticizing and condemning the ordained hierarchy of the Catholic Church, constantly telling us that we can't trust those in authority over us because they are evil and headed to hell, urging people to stop financially supporting their parishes and dioceses, and even urging people to leave their Catholic parishes,
I know Voris reads my little blog because I have been contacted by email by his organization, which I will be writing about very soon. According to the emails I received, Voris actually keeps a file on me, keeping material from when I first contacted him and supported him a few years ago to the present time. So I am going to direct this personally to Michael Voris.
Mike, you have to stop. I can't read your heart. Maybe you think you are actually doing the work of God. But your philosophy of "saving" the Catholic Church - which you sarcastically refer to as the "Church of Nice" - by destroying her puts you in direct conflict with Jesus Christ Himself. This Church - with all of its faults - is His Mystical Body. I have no doubt that you read my post in which I quoted from St. Catherine of Siena's Dialogue, which reports God the Father as saying:
Christ on earth, then, has the keys to the blood. If you remember, I showed you this in an image when I wanted to teach you the respect laypeople ought to have for these ministers of mine, regardless of how good or evil they may be, and how displeased I am with disrespect. . . .
These are my anointed ones, and therefore it has been said through Scripture, "Dare not touch my christs." Therefore, a person can do no worse violence than to assume the right to punish my ministers.