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RealCatholic TV instructed not to use 'Catholic' name

December 23, 2011

The Archdiocese of Detroit has instructed a controversial conservative group to stop using the term “Catholic” to identify their television broadcasts.

The archdiocese has issued a statement reminding the faithful that canon law (#216) prohibits any apostolate “from claiming the name Catholic without the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority.” The statement indicated that archdiocesan officials had informed RealCatholic TV and its director, Michael Voris, that “it does not regard them as being authorized to use the word ‘Catholic’ to identify or promote their public activities.”

“For some time, the Archdiocese of Detroit has been in communication with Mr. Michael Voris and his media partner at Real Catholic TV” regarding the name of their effort, the statement disclosed. Evidently the public announcement came after those contacts failed to produce a change in the name of the television apostolate.

RealCatholic TV is based in Ferndale, Michigan, within the bounds of the Detroit archdiocese. Its video presentations, featuring Voris in provocative commentaries on Catholic affairs, are distributed through the internet.


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  • Posted by: impossible - Jan. 13, 2012 11:40 PM ET USA

    Defender, the USCCB and its ambiguous Faithful Citizenship is, as then Archbishop Raymond Burke said, responsible in large part for the confusion of Catholic voters and the election of the most pro-abortion President we have ever had.

  • Posted by: Bob M - Dec. 24, 2011 7:38 PM ET USA

    It surprises me that some Bishops will attack conservative Catholic organizations like RealCatholicTV, but when it comes to standing up to Catholic politicians who repeatedly bring scandal to the Church they remain silent. I think it was Archbishop Fulton Sheen who said it was the responsibility of the layity to make sure the Bishops are doing their job. ... I am thankful we have someone like Michael Voris who calls upon our Bishops to be the leaders they were appointed to be.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 24, 2011 8:53 AM ET USA

    Michael Voris et al are as Catholic as they come. I wrote to the Archbishop there and encourage all your readers to do likewise. Merry Christmas to you all

  • Posted by: rpp - Dec. 23, 2011 9:41 PM ET USA

    Does that mean that Catholic Culture and Catholic World News will need to change their names? What about Catholics for Choice?

  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Dec. 23, 2011 7:04 PM ET USA

    Not sure how it's a "great service", given that Catholic Culture's own Site Review gives a rating of Caution with regard to Fidelty. Weaknesses include "Extreme antipathy to the liturgy of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite"; "Over-simplification of Church problems"; and "Lack of spiritual prudence". See details at:

  • Posted by: Mack - Dec. 23, 2011 1:28 PM ET USA

    Real Catholic TV provides a great service. We need the clarity that Michael Voris provides. I hope things go well with him.

  • Posted by: Te_Deum - Dec. 23, 2011 12:56 PM ET USA

    Lucius49 - The Archbishop of Detroit went much further with one dissident group, issuing a boatload of advisories, FAQ's and more on the American Catholic Council (an umbrella group for dissidents which met this past June in Detroit). Read here:

  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Dec. 23, 2011 12:53 PM ET USA

    They allow pro abortion Catholics to receive Holy Communion. They allow politicians to routinely refuse to accept Catholic teachings without taking the proper pastoral action to save their souls, but they come down on conservative Catholics. May God help us!

  • Posted by: Defender - Dec. 23, 2011 12:44 PM ET USA

    Lucius49: Of course not - for that matter, most of the USCCB are perceived as liberal and that's part of the reason why we have a crisis in the Church.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Dec. 23, 2011 12:18 PM ET USA

    Would the Archdiocese do this to a group perceived to be liberal?