Yesterday Michael Voris released a Vortex in which he laid bare some details of past sins before his return to the Faith. While he asked for our forgiveness for not being forthcoming earlier, I believe that requires no forgiveness for it was no wrongdoing on his part to be silent on that matter. He dealt properly with those sins within the Sacrament of Confession. That was all that was needed to restore him to a state of spiritual life and sanctifying grace. He was under no moral obligation whatsoever to reveal his past sins anymore than any other Catholic would be.
He apparently revealed what he did because he had reason to believe that persons within the Archdiocese of New York were planning to leak these details in an effort to discredit him and his apostolate. The last time I checked, that was known as the sin of detraction.
I just read a comment on another blog in which the writer of that comment warned that Voris better have good evidence of that. Being an investigative reporter himself, I'm sure Voris understands the necessity for solid evidence. However, we all know there is demonstrated precedence that supports any suspicion that the Archdiocese of New York is capable of such thuggish behavior. Please recall the treatment that the Archdiocese of New York meted out to Father Justin Wylee; for a memory-refresher, see here. More of Dolan's chicaneries can be found here. Some are so egregious that New York Catholics filed suit against him. If one thinks Cardinal Dolan wouldn't stoop to dredging old sins against Voris, I'd suggest they think again.
What Michael Voris did yesterday took quite a bit of courage. Not too many people would want their mortal sins being made public; I sure wouldn't. I was particularly struck by his faith and gratitude to God and His Church for Sacramental Grace won by the Cross of Christ. Let us pray that this move does knock the wind out of New York sails and that Church Militant continues its work.
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