Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Michael Voris speaks at the other Rome blognic
I don't agree with everything that Michael has to say - especially his closing words that we may just 'offend away' anyone. The key word there might be 'away' - if you offend away people, you might find that you are not just driving them away from yourself, but from the Church.
The difference is that if you post something such as catechesis on the internet to a general audience, then you are not making a personal swipe at one particular person. For example, if ordinary Joe Soap watches Michael Voris' videos, they cannot claim that he has attacked them personally, because these videos are meant for a wide an audience as possible of Catholics and non-Catholics. But if you offend/insult someone in the flesh, or through personal e-mails or in some direct capacity, you have to beware that they may reject the faith because they have closely associated angry vindictiveness with being a Catholic. But perhaps we think that we are justified in getting angry because we have the higher purpose of bringing people to the faith… St Francis De Sales pithily allowed that; “There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.”
Are we conscious enough that we may win the argument but lose the man?
It's rather ironic that Michael Voris is surrounded by pictures of famous Irish writers such as James Joyce who was a very itchy, troubled Catholic. Michael Voris mentions that he's Irish – this is news to me. Where in Ireland was he born?