Today Fr. Longenecker THOUGHT he had a bone to pick with Church Militant’s Michael Voris of the widely popular “The Vortex” internet show “Where lies and falsehoods are trapped and exposed” as the motto goes.
Please read Father Longnecker's post "Do we need Michael Voris" if you haven' already.
(Fr. Longnecker's post:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2013/08/do-we-need-michael-voris.html)
I believe, he was wrong.
You see, Fr. Longenecker didn’t like it when Michael Voris mentioned what was happening in the “blogosphere” over the dire straits of “CatholicAnswers” – they want your money because they are (according to some very unhappy Catholics) over paying those who work for Catholic Answers with six figure pay checks.
Did Michael Voris start the mess? No.
Does Fr. Longenecker care? No.
You see the hornets’ nest erupted on Kathy Schiffer’s Patheo’sblog on August 19, 2013 when she blogged- no make that begged- Catholics to send their money to Catholic Answers to keep them afloat. At such time, over one hundred UNHAPPY Catholics flooded her comments area with all the reasons they would NOT support Catholic Answers anymore.
The biggest reasons stated by the unhappy Catholics were 1) Catholic Answers over pays its staff and 2) that Catholic Answers had disrespected (in assorted ways) Catholics who still like the Latin Mass.
Here is where I come into the picture.
I read the comments (on Schiffer's blog) – for NINE DAYS and watched the arguing among Catholics back and forth over Catholic Answers worthiness to receive a dime from anyone anymore. And then, I moved along in my daily blog reading to Creative Minority Reports (the date is now August 27, 2013- NINE days AFTER Schiffer stirred the hornets’ nest) where I saw yet another plea for money on behalf of the sinking Catholic Answers so I left a comment linking to the brawl on Kathy Schiffer’s Patheos Blog which started it all.
Yes, that was me. Note the date and time- days BEFORE Michael Voris said a single word. The silence from Fr. Longenecker is only broken when Voris joins the discussion. Bone to pick? I think so.
Readers from Creative Minority Report then began showing up on Kathy Schiffer’s blog to join in the chaos on and after August 27, 2013- again days before Voris said a peep about anything.
Does Fr. Longenecker care? No.
On August 29, 2013 – TEN DAYS after the blogosphere erupted over Catholic Answers, Michael Voris mentions it briefly in one of his Vortex episodes, he says (in part):
“a war in the Catholic blogosphere has broken out over the news coming out of Catholic Answers that they are in dire financial straits and are laying off staff due to a steep drop in donations and other revenue.
Catholic Answers has done fine work in the area of apologetics and is to be commended for any souls they might have influenced to come to the Catholic Faith. Bravo! But... a few weeks ago, it seems like they made a major miscalculation... or perhaps in blunder... highlighting something we have talked about here recently in the Vortex. It seems they may have insulted a large portion of their own audience by doing... what appeared to many... of making fun of traditional Catholics in a Catholic Answers Live radio show heard from coast to coast.”
Please note, Voris is merely reporting what was said on Kathy Schiffer’s blog TEN DAYS EARLIER. He COMPLIMENTED much of the work Catholic Answers has done over the years. Voris points out that SOME people who used to support Catholic Answers are now refusing to give them a dime because those ex-supporters felt “insulted” by Catholic Answers. This is what many people said in the comments on Kathy Schiffer’s blog. Voris is reporting what was said, nothing more.
Suddenly Fr. Longenecker is outraged that someone among the Catholic laity would DARE to question Catholic Answers! Fr.Longenecker on his blog made it sound as if Voris had a personal bone to pick with Catholic Answers and was calling them out or trying to bring them down. Nothing and I mean NOTHING could be further from the truth as you can see in the video for yourself.
Since when is REPORTING what is happening in the blogosphere off limits to the Catholic laity? Can Fr. Longenecker answer that?
I would remind Father Longenecker of ... "The laity are given this special vocation: to make the Church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that she can become the salt of the earth." -Lumen Gentium Ch.4
Now about the MONEY.
Fr. Longenecker takes Michael Voris to task for bringing up how much money Catholic Answers makes and how much its staff makes. Well guess what Father? That information was given out on Kathy Schiffer’s blog on August 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm, by a commenter going by the name: “A new era in the Church”
Link to IRS Catholic Answers forms: https://bulk.resource.org/irs.gov/eo/2011_05_EO/95-3754404_990_201006.pdf
Michael Voris did his story on the 29th of August, days after the information was already made public on Schiffer’s Patheos blog.
So WHY didn’t Fr. Longenecker take Schiffer or her readers to task over this? My guess? Perhaps Voris' dedication to “trapping and exposing lies and falsehoods” in the Catholic Church where ever they may be found has stung Father at one time or another?
Only Father can truly answer that, perhaps he will one day. But today, I want to set the record straight on who said what and when.
So to review…
1) Kathy Schiffer of Patheos begged Catholics to hand money over to Catholic Answers. (August 19, 2013)
2) Unhappy Catholics protested the plea and spilled the beans on why they were not happy with Catholic Answers all week.
3) Creative Minority Reports also sounded the plea for money for Catholic Answers. August 27, 2013.
4) I posted a link on Creative Minority Reports to Schiffer’s blog on August 27th to show what unhappy Catholics were saying.
5) Michael Voris mentions the situation on this Vortex show TEN DAYS after the fact- August 29, 2013.
6) Fr. Longenecker attempts to slap down Michael Voris with a post entitled “Do we need Michael Voris” on August 30, 2013.
I think the question Catholics are answering with a LOUD “NO” is that many no longer need or want Catholic Answers. And they are making that loud and clear with their wallets.
Now for the second part of what I have to say…
WHY Father Longenecker, would a priest ask ANYONE if another human being is “needed” or not?
Did you not hear Pope Benedict when he said “Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.”
Why would you think we wouldn’t “need” Michael Voris?
Let me tell you what we DON’T need Father; we DON’T need U.S. Bishops sticking their noses into U.S. politics and elections. We don’t need 'nuns on the bus'. We don’t need Bishops working on immigration reform. We need Catholic priests TO BE PRIESTS.
Do you all know what that is anymore? Have you forgotten what Christ sent you all out into the world to do? It wasn’t immigration reform Father! It was saving souls, preaching the Gospel, teaching and correcting the Faith to the laity. THAT is what we need YOU the clergy to do.
So you can waste your time in politics, riding buses with nuns or even pointing your fingers at the laity like Michael Voris for LOVING our faith and TRYING to make a difference all you want, but one day, one day Father YOU (and all our “Fathers” in Christ) will have the finger of God pointed at you and then you will answer for why you weren’t doing what Christ commissioned you to do.
For more on this see: Dear Father, your children are starving…
Good thing even priests go to Confession.
And Father if you think I was too harsh with you I do apologize, sometimes even priests get me fired up when I feel an injustice was done to someone. And I do believe Father, that you've done an injustice to Michael Voris.
May God forgive us all and bless us – we need it.
Vortex text: http://www.churchmilitant.tv/scripts/vort-2013-08-29.pdf