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"My Friend said the Atmosphere at CM [Church Militant] was 'Weird,' with Disturbing Sexual Undertones"

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"But my friend said the atmosphere at CM was 'weird,' with disturbing sexual undertones and ended up in counseling for post traumatic stress after leaving. Is my friend any less of a credible witness than Hannah, a major contributor to the claims made by Jassy Jacas against the SSPX?" - Mary Ann Kreitzer

Mary Ann Kreitzer, the President of the Les Femmes-The Truth website, gave the Catholic Monitor permission to repost their great piece titled "Church Militant and their Crusade against the SSPX":

The negative reactions to Susan's post, Snow White and Priest Charming - A Modern Tale of Female Vindictiveness, are starting to appear in the combox moderation list. I haven't decided which ones, if any, I'm willing to post. Certainly not the one using the F-word and calling Susan a bitch.

Church Militant (CM) has been on a crusade against the SSPX for some time. They've also gone after The Remnant and Catholic Family News, specifically Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara. Why? Apparently because they support the SSPX and are working to "unite the clans." More recently CM turned their cannons to take aim at LifeSiteNews, one of the best Catholic news sites on the internet in my opinion. 

All of this appears to be motivated by CM's determination to damage the SSPX as much as possible and any groups who take a more objective view of the SSPX apostolate. What's particularly appalling to me is their designation of all critics as "pedophile enablers." Is name-calling an intelligent argument! It seems that in CM's playbook an accusation, no matter how questionable, must be true if it advances the SSPX assault. They resemble the Democrats in that way -- and Saul Alinsky. "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Push the agenda, the truth be damned if it doesn't advance the agenda.

I've been grieved to see the trajectory at Church Militant, because I helped them get started when they were still calling themselves Real Catholic TV. After several years I told the webmaster to take their link off our website as their tactics and reporting became more questionable. I stopped trusting them several years ago. 

While they're busy pointing the finger at others, Church Militant has their own skeletons in the closet. I'm friends with someone who worked for them for several years and have heard quite a few disturbing stories. I never pursued or wrote about them, because it was all second hand and lacking any hard evidence. However, there are two reviews on the site below from people claiming to be former employees that seem to confirm what my friend described. But they're anonymous, and that always makes me take things with a grain of salt:

I also read an article several years ago written by a student who interned at CM. He quit after they refused to use a piece he wrote about Cardinal Timothy Dolan where he tried to be "fair and balanced." He said he was instructed to make it more of a hit piece. To his credit he refused and left rather than compromise his integrity. I wish I had saved the article.

 Pushing and magnifying the negative, CM's obvious approach, is the same secular tactic of, "If it bleeds it leads." I've often thought the mainstream media actually relished calamities, even "human interest" tragedies that can boost ratings. What a cliff hanger to see rescue teams digging through rubble to rescue survivors trapped under the debris from an earthquake or building collapse! Indiana Jones, call your office! News anchors and talking heads almost salivate over tragedies and scandals. "Wow," you can almost hear them say, "Did you see the spike in our viewer numbers?" 

CM gives me that same queasy feeling. Are they really about defending the faith and advancing the truth? Do they love Jesus Christ and the Bride of Christ, Holy Mother Church? I sincerely hope so. But I have a little nagging doubt that their main objective is building their media empire while they demonize the competition. They seem to want to be the only kid on the block. And, frankly, I've always wondered what kind of faith inspires a Lenten "retreat" on a cruise ship. 

But there are other disturbing things about CM. It's common knowledge that Simon Rafe, executive producer, developed a sexually explicit video game called "The Dark Knight" and that Michael Voris had a long sojourn as an active homosexual. Would you want either of them to babysit for your children? Can people repent? Of course! But my friend said the atmosphere at CM was "weird," with disturbing sexual undertones and ended up in counseling for post traumatic stress after leaving. Is my friend any less of a credible witness than Hannah, a major contributor to the claims made by Jassy Jacas against the SSPX? Jassy says she didn't believe Hannah at first and Hannah's former roommate disputes her story. The commenters on Susan's post went ballistic about her attacking "a victim." Isn't that getting a little old? Remember the attack on Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford? And the attack on Clarence Thomas by Anita Hill. "The women get nothing out of it!" the victimologists shout! Ford got a book deal and Hill is in the black museum instead of Thomas. 

But what if the priest, not Jassy or Hannah, is the victim? Has CM interviewed Hannah's former roommate or do they consider her a "pedophile enabler" like all those who disagree with their biased coverage?

LifeSiteNews has a three part series on the allegations against Fr. Duverger and the SSPX written by Stephen Kokx. It's a model of fair journalism giving both sides of the story. I recommend especially Part III: 
SSPX priest planning defamation lawsuit against Church Militant, lawyer says

Be sure to read the comments as well. Is there a financial connection between the SSPX haters and CM? CM accuses LifeSiteNews of being financially supported by the SSPX. Is that a case of deflection to cover up their own financial dealings? Who funded the building of their new studio?

And then there are all the impressive biography claims. I recently read a blog post listing CM "deceptions." Since I couldn't confirm the reliability of the author, I won't link, but he raised some interesting points. He claimed Voris didn't really graduate from Notre Dame. I tried to find Voris on the alumni list for 1983 and couldn't. I also looked on the Emmy list for those years he says he won regional Emmies for documentaries from1990-1994 in Detroit. I couldn't find any evidence of that either. But perhaps I missed something. I don't have a research staff. Maybe it's time for someone who does to give CM the same scrutiny they give others. In the meantime, I rarely go to their site because I don't trust them. Sad, because they've done some good work in the past.

As for Susan's piece, I thought it was brilliant. I probably wouldn't have included the stuff about Jassy's weight since it isn't necessary to the story, but it wasn't my story. Susan and I have had some vigorous disagreements over the years, but we always treat each other with love and respect because we do, in fact, love and respect one another. I'm privileged to work with her! I'm so glad she said yes when I asked her to join my blog! []
Stop for a moment of silence, ask Jesus Christ what He want you to do now and next. In this silence remember God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost - Three Divine Persons yet One God, has an ordered universe where you can know truth and falsehood as well as never forget that He wants you to have eternal happiness with Him as his son or daughter by grace. Make this a practice. By doing this you are doing more good than reading anything here or anywhere else on the Internet.

Francis Notes:

- Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales totally confirmed beyond any doubt the possibility of a heretical pope and what must be done by the Church in such a situation:

"[T]he Pope... WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See."
(The Catholic Controversy, by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)

Saint Robert Bellarmine, also, said "the Pope heretic is not deposed ipso facto, but must be declared deposed by the Church."

- "If Francis is a Heretic, What should Canonically happen to him?":

- "Could Francis be a Antipope even though the Majority of Cardinals claim he is Pope?":

 -  LifeSiteNews, "Confusion explodes as Pope Francis throws magisterial weight behind communion for adulterers," December 4, 2017:

The AAS guidelines explicitly allows "sexually active adulterous couples facing 'complex circumstances' to 'access the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.'"

-  On February 2018, in Rorate Caeli, Catholic theologian Dr. John Lamont:

"The AAS statement... establishes that Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia has affirmed propositions that are heretical in the strict sense."

- On December 2, 2017, Bishop Rene Gracida:

"Francis' heterodoxy is now official. He has published his letter to the Argentina bishops in Acta Apostlica Series making those letters magisterial documents."

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church by the bishops by the grace of God.

Election Notes:  

- Intel Cryptanalyst-Mathematician on Biden Steal: "212Million Registered Voters & 66.2% Voting,140.344 M Voted...Trump got 74 M, that leaves only 66.344 M for Biden" []

- Will US be Venezuela?: Ex-CIA Official told Epoch Times "Chávez started to Focus on [Smartmatic] Voting Machines to Ensure Victory as early as 2003":

- Tucker Carlson's Conservatism Inc. Biden Steal Betrayal is explained by “One of the Greatest Columns ever Written" according to Rush:
- A Hour which will Live in Infamy: 10:01pm November 3, 2020:
What is needed right now to save America from those who would destroy our God given rights is to pray at home or in church and if called to even go to outdoor prayer rallies in every town and city across the United States for God to pour out His grace on our country to save us from those who would use a Reichstag Fire-like incident to destroy our civil liberties. [Is the DC Capitol Incident Comparable to the Nazi Reichstag Fire Incident where the German People Lost their Civil Liberties?: and Epoch Times Show Crossroads on Capitol Incident: "Anitfa 'Agent Provocateurs'":

Pray an Our Father now for the grace to know God's Will and to do it.
Pray an Our Father now for America.
Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church as well as the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Debbie said…
Purely anecdotal, but I have a friend who is a premium member of CM. She faithfully follows their site and videos. We have had a few disagreements about Voris this past year, especially in regards to his attacks on SSPX. Recently I noticed that she has some anger issues and when the opportunity avails I'm going to put the bug in her ear that it just might be partly due to following CM too closely and faithfully. We're from the Detroit suburbs and so I understand my friends interest in CM in regards to their reporting on the AoD.....but ive never had a good feeling about CM and specifically Voris.
Anonymous said…
There is a rebuttal here:

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