It has come to our attention that Michael Voris, a US based media producer, is scheduled to offer independent catechesis sessions out of a hotel in Madrid during World Youth Day 2011. There has been some confusion regarding his affiliation with World Youth Day. Michael Voris, the clergy and the laity associated with him, and their media efforts “Real Catholic TV” and “No Bull in Madrid” are not in any way recognized or approved by World Youth Day 2011.Two things....
Catechesis at World Youth Day is offered by Bishops of the Catholic Church in union with Pope Benedict XVI, who has invited the young people of the world to join him in Madrid for this celebration of faith and life. The Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity selects and invites Bishops, and only Bishops, from around the world to conduct Catechesis sessions at WYD in various languages.
Participants in the World Youth Day 2011 Cultural Program must be recognized and endorsed by the Bishops and Episcopal Conferences of their respective countries. Participants were selected for Cultural program by the World Youth Day organization in close collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Those groups participating in the World Youth Day 2011 Cultural Festival have been selected because, through their various activities, they promote the authentic teaching and unity of the Roman Catholic Church and have been endorsed by their local Bishop and Espiscopal conference. Michael Voris, "Real Catholic TV" and "No Bull in Madrid" did not receive such endorsement from their Bishop or Episcopal Conference.
Michael Voris, “Real Catholic TV” and the program “No Bull in Madrid” are not accredited to or recognized by World Youth Day 2011.
World Youth Day Madrid 2011 invites and encourages all pilgrims attending this celebration of faith to visit the vast array of events that make up the official World Youth Day 2011 Cultural Festival and are endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the WYD organization and their respective Bishops conferences.
1. So what? Michael Voris doesn't need anyone's permission to promote the Catholic faith. If he chooses to be in Madrid at the same time as WYD 2011, then he is in Madrid at the same time.
2. It is made to seem that Michael Voris is some sort of heterodox. Hardly. Michael Voris is in union with the Catholic Church, just as any baptized Catholic is in union with the Catholic Church. Michael Voris has at no time asked to be, expected or to my knowlege wanted to be "official."
From Michael Voris:
Interestingly, I think that perhaps the reason is that Michael Voris calls a spade a spade. I would strongly suggest everyone check out Real Catholic TV.
If you happen to be going to WYD 2011, find him and see his programs. He's totally worth it. And I'd be willing to bet that Pope Benedict wouldn't have an issue with him at all. Don't believe me, ask him.