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Friday, April 8, 2011

Diocese of Scranton Bars Michael Voris


Below is the official statement by the Diocese of Scranton, PA on why it will refuse to let Michael Voris speak anywhere within the diocese.

"The Diocese of Scranton has determined that Mr. Voris will not be allowed to speak in a Diocesan or parish facility. After these engagements were scheduled, the Diocese became aware of concerns about this individual’s views regarding other religious groups. In videos posted on the Internet, Mr. Voris makes comments that certainly can be interpreted as being insensitive to people of other faiths. The Catholic Church teaches us to respect all people, regardless of their faith tradition.

Although the Diocese shares Mr. Voris’ support of efforts to protect human life, his extreme positions on other faiths are not appropriate and therefore the Diocese cannot host him."
I cannot believe that Bishop Bambera is going to pull something like this. Why doesn't the bishop explain what he means by insensitive? Please, give us examples, so that we can all learn how not to act towards other religions. Is it OK to say they are in error, or tell them that the Catholic faith is the only true faith? Or is that insensitive? This is the reason why few convert to the Church these days. We have to be sensitive to everyone's feelings. If the bishop is going to stop him, then he should stop all laymen and women from speaking. But before he does that, he may want to make sure that at least some of his priests are capable of teaching the true Catholic faith effectively. Personally, I could care less whether any lay men or women are able to speak in churches. But what I fail to see are the priests stepping up to the plate to actually teach the Catholic faith, and even fewer bishops. Until that happens, there will be a demand for lay speakers.What I do find even more perplexing, is that Voris was already scheduled to speak at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. So he was not even going to speak in a parish, just at a university. I find this very odd.

Note: It does seem however that the diocese does approve of the gentle yoga classes being offered at the university for staff and faculty, just not Michael Voris. 

Here is a choppy video of the bishop's last ecumenical prayer service that he had at his cathedral.  "Women priests" and heretics of all kinds pranced into the Cathedral for ecumenical prayer. Even the Episcopal "women priest"or whatever she is, leads the Cathedral in prayer.

10 comments:

scotju said...

Bambera must have gotten his ears burned by Voris's denunciations of bishops who won't teach orthodoxy. And his concern for the "feelings" of other faiths is touching, ain't it?! Me, I'm more concerned for the feelings of the Holy Trinity who told us through Jesus Christ that Christ was the way, the truth, and the light. Yeah, that can be really insenitive to all non-christians out there1

The Rockin' Traddy said...

Thanks for keeping this story out there, I had an interview with Mike tonight and we spoke on the issue you brought up "But what I fail to see are the priests stepping up to the plate to actually teach the Catholic faith, and even fewer bishops. Until that happens, there will be a demand for lay speakers" You are absolutely correct, until the Chruch feeds her flock, the flock will look elsewhere for nourishment.

Alexander Greco said...

The bishop should think about banning himself for being insensitive to the Catholic faith.

GADEL said...
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GADEL said...

Excellent post. Thanks Matthew for sharing this with us. God bless you always.

Godwin

Dan Auer said...

Mark Shea has weighed in on this. Everyone be quiet now


http://markshea.blogspot.com/2011/04/if-catholic-star-starts-entertaining.html

Matthew Bellisario said...

I just love Shea's drive by ad hominem attacks on people. He labels me a "Voris fanboy" who is whipping a mob into a frenzy? What a joke. What planet is he on? It is OK for him to criticize and attack everyone he disagrees with, whether priest, bishop or layperson, yet no one else can. It is either the Shea way or the highway. With all of his talk on not taking him to be a reliable source of Catholic doctrine, I find it odd that he thinks that people should actually pay to hear his opinions on what he thinks Catholicism is supposed to be.

cferhead said...

Unbelievable that a CATHOLIC BISHOP would have a PROBLEM with someone actually speaking about the true Catholic Faith! I wonder if Christ was ever worried about being "insensitive" when he was busy with his ministry here on earth? Yes, we are supposed to be tolerant of other people, religions, etc...Christ himself sat with all types of sinners. But, he never ONCE conformed to anything that took him away from the truth! He changed the hearts of men, NOT the other way around! Sometimes the truth hurts! The Bishops in this country need to get their act together and go back to truly following Christ's ministry. Bishops....go back to being Catholic!

tom said...

yet this bishop keeps his mouth shut when Bobby Casey approaches for communion ..

Khass said...

Thank you so much for sharing your own views. I have learned something and I hope that this reflection I have can help my own diocese, Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro Philippines, with such story as this.