Religious leaders who constantly rail against sexual issues sometimes are trying to convince themselves given their own temptations. Think Jimmy Swaggert.
And thus we have this sad scenario. Please pray for him. He is gifted and talented and despite his past he could still serve the Church well if he moves away from being a Catholic FBI in terms of all sexual things immoral and simply and humbly submits to the fact we are all sinners in need of God's grace and forgiveness and where sin abounds God's grace is greater.
O happy fault of Adam, O necessary sin which gained for us so great a Savior. Fundamentalists wold not agree with this line from the Easter Exultet.
Critic of LGBT causes admits past sexual relationships with men
Michael Voris of “Church Militant” acknowledges sexual relationships with men in his thirties, claiming that the Archdiocese of New York was ready to “out” him.
One of the Catholic Church’s most vocal opponents of LGBT causes published a video Thursday admitting that he had been in sexual relationships with other men in his past and accusing the Archdiocese of New York of plotting to out him.
“I will now reveal that for most of my years in my thirties, confused about my own sexuality, I lived a life of live-in relationships with homosexual men,” said Michael Voris, a traditionalist Catholic activist who runs Church Militant, an on-line news platform.
Voris claimed the Archdiocese of New York, which is a frequent target of his lengthy video broadcasts, was “collecting and preparing to quietly filter out details of my past life with the aim of publicly discrediting me.”
A spokesman for the archdiocese called those allegations “100 percent untrue” in a statement to the Catholic Herald.
Church Militant has an extensive history of attacking Catholic officials they perceive to be insufficiently orthodox – from Pope Francis, to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, to the Knights of Columbus – especially on LGBT and pro-life issues.
Most recently, Church Militant published posts attacking Tony Spence, the longtime editor of Catholic News Services, who was asked earlier this month by officials at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to resign.
The organization wields influence because of the pugnacity of their attacks, and while some Catholic leaders have condemned Voris’ work, he nonetheless has received press credentials to some high profile Catholic events, including the October 2014 Synod of Bishops in Rome.
Voris has repeatedly criticized Dolan, calling for his resignation in December for his handling of accusations of theft by a parish priest.
Last month, Voris traveled to New York City to protest Dolan’s serving as grand marshal of the Saint Patrick’s Day parade there, which for the first time allowed pro-LGBT groups to march following years of protest.
Dolan, considered a conservative member of the American hierarchy, defended his decision to march, saying that inclusivity was a Catholic value.
Voris, who was not given press credentials for the event, nonetheless found himself in front of Dolan and asked, “Do you have anything to say to loyal Catholics who find what you’re doing here a great scandal to the faith?”
Catholic leaders have distanced themselves from Voris and Church Militant.
In 2011, leaders in the Archdiocese of Detroit asked Voris to remove the word “Catholic” from his promotional materials and the World Youth Day officials warned that the organization was not on the official program. He was banned from speaking in properties owned by the Catholic Diocese of Scranton, and last year, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput called Church Militant “destructive.”