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In around the year 2010 we started to see the alternative Internet media rise to power. It had been around for a long time before, but it was around 2010 that this product of the information age finally came into its own. The Internet allowed multiple independent media news sources to have a much larger voice than they normally would have in traditional media. Within a decade, small and independent news outfits, in obscure parts of the country, could potentially reach an audience as large as syndicated traditional news outlets. That was the beginning of the end for the faithless hierarchy.
Between that, and the mainstream press ready to turn against them on serious matters, the faithless hierarchy could no longer control the narrative. The incident that marked the wind-change came in 2014 during a press conference for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, wherein a panel of the Vatican clergy attempted to control the media narrative by proposing that the synod was contemplating the acceptance of homosexuality.
While most traditional media outlets quietly sat taking notes, one independent Internet Catholic outlet chimed in with an unscripted, and certainly unappreciated, question. That news outlet was ChurchMilitant.com, and the journalist was Michael Voris ...
That was it! That was when the flags swung and began blowing in a different direction. The wind had changed. A small, independent, Internet, Catholic news outlet came out of seemingly nowhere and dared to question the legitimacy of the doctrinal narrative the Vatican press office was pushing.
What made this event unique? It wasn't just a single journalist from a larger Catholic news source, under the pastoral guidance of a bishop, who could potentially be silenced by that bishop if needed. It wasn't a single journalist from an Italian tabloid who nobody takes seriously. It wasn't even a regular journalist from a mainstream, secular news outlet who's editor could censor the question later.
No. This was the head journalist of a small, Internet, Catholic media outlet that is totally independent of any diocese or jurisdiction, is faithful to the historic teachings of the Church, and spends a good deal of its resources educating people about those historic teachings of the Church. This was the introduction heard around the world ...
Church Militant, meet the Vatican.
Vatican, meet Church Militant.
I guarantee you, there are a few key figures at the Vatican who remember that day, and they rue it. Suddenly, Church Militant, this tiny, independent, Internet, news outlet, from a suburb of Detroit, was elevated to the same level as CNN and the BBC in the Vatican press room, and it was Church Militant that asked the most provocative question of the day — the question that mattered the most — and the Vatican did not answer it.
That question, and non-given answer, along with the material that prompted it, has been quietly swept under the rug at the Vatican (for now). But the cat is out of the bag in the Catholic news media. Everyone knows about it, and everyone is still talking about it. Church Militant got the proverbial ball rolling, and now it's being discussed on EWTN and Catholic news outlets all over the world.
What is it that's being discussed? There is a homosexual lobby of faithless clerics scattered in rectories and chanceries throughout the worldwide Catholic Church, there is a concentration of them in Rome, and some are even high-ranking figures in the Vatican itself. What nobody would have imagined 20 years ago, and merely suspected 10 years ago, is now common knowledge today, and it's because of an independent, Internet, Catholic, news outlets like Church Militant.
So now enters the good news and something to look forward to. I don't care what you think about Church Militant or Michael Voris. You can love them, or you can hate them. It doesn't matter. What matters is they exist, and they're doing a job that few others are willing to do. What also matters is that they can't be stopped. This is not only because they're independent, but also because they're a professional news outlet and know how to do things legally. So they're protected under American law, regarding freedom of the press, and they don't have to submit to the sanitized narrative of some chancery press office.
The faithless hierarchy is aware of this, which is why I suspect that some of them (notice I said "some" again) are probably behind the mainstream media's hatchet job done on them last year. Yet, even that failed, as Church Militant has seen a record uptick in subscriptions and donations since then, causing them to increase their operating budget, buy new equipment and hire new staff. So it seems that everything the faithless hierarchy does to try to stop Church Militant, the more Church Militant succeeds and prospers. Why it's almost like God is on their side — or something.
That's why I say it doesn't matter what anyone thinks of Church Militant because they're here to stay and they're doing a job, but more than that, they're inspiring more people to imitate them. Church Militant does this directly by preaching about the importance of independent Catholic media around the world, and indirectly by inspiring the rise of more professional Catholic blogs with multiple contributors, some of which are professional journalists.
The world of Catholic news is rapidly changing and the Catholic faithful (both clergy and laity) are finally getting a voice. Whether you love Church Militant or hate them, they are serving an important purpose, and it's giving hope for the return of orthodoxy in the Church.
Church Militant has started a "Resistance" program (learn more here) to keep local members in various dioceses informed about news and events happening in their area. This allows those members to take action by "resisting" those things that oppose orthodoxy and/or decency. They do this through civil ways, such as writing letters to the local chancery, calling the chancery, and in the most extreme cases, even protesting the chancery. But this "Resistance" movement is really nothing but a formalization of something that's been going on informally in the Catholic blogosphere for at least a decade now.
Read the whole thing at Catholic in the Ozarks.