BALTIMORE (ChurchMilitant.com) - Church Militant's Michael Voris closed out Tuesday's Silence Stops Now rally in Baltimore by calling bishops to repentance, warning that most shepherds have themselves become lost sheep.
"We are here for the benefit, first of all, for the bishops," Voris told his audience. "We are here to pray for them, to sacrifice for them; but we are also here to speak directly to them."
"We are speaking to you as fathers who have betrayed us," he said. "Not all, but many, have kept silent while the others have abused."
"Now, we'll never know what's in the minds of the certain bishops who have betrayed the Faith," said Voris. "They betray Christ. They twist doctrine. They distort the true teachings of Our Blessed Lord. They have corrupted the liturgy. They have demolished the Catechism. They have no fear of God, which means they have no supernatural faith."
"However, in their midst are other bishops who do, still, have some supernatural faith," he continued. "And it is to those bishops I wish to direct my comments: Stop being cowards!"
"You still believe that you will face a judgment when you die. Wouldn't that shake you to the core of your soul — a bishop in Hell?" Voris asked, adding:
You have corrupted the Church of Almighty God. You have left behind you spiritual carnage. ... The religious orders have been decimated. I can't tell you how many people I've spoken to ... in the last day and a half, who've come up to me. ... "I've left the Church, and I could never come back to it with those men." You have to answer to Almighty God for that! Do you not understand that? Your eternal souls are in peril, and we come here, from all over the Church to say fix your ways! Stop the silence!
"The filth that has flooded the Church at these men's hands will bring down the wrath of God, and it will bring it down deservedly," Voris warned.
"We're here because of your sins, your utter betrayal of Christ in His mystical body," he said. "You have laid waste to hundreds of millions of souls. You have delivered them over into the hands of the demon ... sitting around running the Church like a bunch of bureaucrats, running it into the ground."
"Four out of five victims of your lies and your predation and your cover-up were young boys. Because you allowed the homosexual clergy among you to run wild and unchecked because for whatever host of reasons you are sympathetic to it," he said. "There is a trail of bodies behind you! There is an even bigger trail of souls behind you!"
"Your sin cries to Heaven, but while you are still breathing you can repent," Voris said, adding: "Those of you who don't think you need to repent — you're already damned."
He called for those prelates whose conscience are troubled to "stand up and fight for the sheep."
"You bishops who are not in the line of succession of Judas — for certainly some of you are — those of you who are not in the line of Judas, find your voice. ... You must stand up with your brother bishops in your meeting and call an end to this silence."