Website Review: ChurchMilitant.TV
A review based on: http://www.churchmilitant.tv/
ChurchMilitant.TV, formerly RealCatholicTV, was formed in early 2008 by lay Catholics with extensive experience in commercial broadcast television.
The website offers Catholic programming including, daily news, daily political commentary, daily features on saints and history as well as regular episodes on morality, movie reviews, entertainment, apologetics, and much more.
All viewers have free access to home page content – daily news and commentary (current events and politics) from the Catholic perspective, messages directly from Catholic bishops to the faithful, program previews, and more.
The site provides a good deal of material for free, but charges $10.00 a month for a premium membership.
ChurchMilitant.TV is particularly concerned with the inroads of secularism into the Church, and users should be aware that a great many of the programs attempt to expose ecclesiastical shortcomings, with considerable criticism of Church leaders.
The site opened with the support of various bishops in the U.S., though as its programming has become increasingly critical of the Church, some bishops have withdrawn their support.
While thoroughly approving many of the fine videos made available through this site, CatholicCulture.org recommends caution for two reasons: An apparent animus against the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, contrary to the clear mind of the Church; and a tendency to over-simply complex cultural, ecclesiastical and theological problems, leading sometimes to the assertion of mere opinion as the "real Catholic" position.
Thus those who disagree find their Catholicism put in question. See the Weaknesses section for examples.
Michael Voris, host of the network's feature “The Vortex,” said in a June 12, 2012, video that Real Catholic TV was changing its name to “ChurchMilitant.TV.” Inspiration for the name came from a recent address by Pope Benedict XVI, reflecting on the value of the ancient term for the Church on earth.
Voris said the name was chosen to signify the organization’s opposition to the “indifference and lukewarmness” that he sees “both outside, and inside some quarters – many quarters – within the Church.”
Along with its new name, ChurchMilitant.TV also has a new TV studio, which Voris promised would be “a bastion, a fort, a fortress on the battlefield, from which great volleys are hurled against the ancient enemy.”
During its time as “Real Catholic TV,” the apostolate was told by the Archdiocese of Detroit that it did not have permission to describe itself as “Catholic.” The Roman Catholic Church's current Code of Canon Law states that “no undertaking is to claim the name 'Catholic'” without authorization.
Voris, the network's senior executive producer, said in December 2011 that the Archbishop of Detroit did not have authority over Real Catholic TV. The organization is owned and headquartered elsewhere, although its content has been produced within the Detroit archdiocese.
Review Ratings what do these ratings mean?
First Evaluated: 11/19/2008; Last Updated: 11/18/2013
- Fidelity: Caution
- Resources: Excellent
- Useability: Excellent
- Catholic News Roundup Resources
- The Vortex Resources
- Today's Saint Resources
- This Day in History Resources
- Shepherds' Voice Resources Example(s)
- Premium Membership ($10.00 per month) includes: Inroads, the Cost of Abortion, Catholic Critic, God's Green Earth, Moral Compass, St. Michael's Basic Training, The Other View, Prayer Kids and One True Faith Resources
- Forum Resources
- Famiily & Life Resources
- Catholic Investigative Agency Resources
- Basic Training Resources
- International Talks Resources
- Right Reason (Michael Voris talks with Dr Charles Rice about reason, faith, natural law and much more in this casual-but-scholarly interview program Resources
- Fidelity: Extreme antipathy to the liturgy of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite Example(s)
- Fidelity: Over-simplification of Church problems. Example(s)
- Fidelity: Lack of spiritual prudence and a lack of charity Example(s)
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Website Established: 07/18/05
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