SSPX: Church Militant Guilty of Peddling Sleaze

SSPX: Church Militant Guilty of Peddling Sleaze

Editor, Catholic Truth, writes…

Our blogger, Athanasius, has now studied the recent articles about the SSPX published by the American organisation known as Church Militant (CM), which were brought to our attention recently. 

To describe those articles as “sleaze” is an understatement, by any standards. Their most recent piece can be read here but we warn readers that there are descriptions of graphic sexual deviancy published therein, and so, since Athanasius’s article below is perfectly understandable without the need to read the CM articles, we do not recommend visiting the link; we supply it only in the interests of necessary documentation for those who require to see the writings at source. 

A Response to the Church Militant Reports on Former SSPX Priests Accused of Homosexual Abuse…

Having read the sexual abuse trilogy produced by Church Militant against the SSPX, one question above all remains to be answered: Has this been a noble cause for justice or an exercise in vengeance?

The first step to answering this question is to ask another… Given that this handful of accused homosexual abuser priests are no longer in the SSPX, and given the new, very strict guidelines that all religious communities are obliged to follow concerning child safety, is there anything constructive to be gained from this trilogy?

The answer is clearly and emphatically no;   there are no young men or children presently at risk in the SSPX and no predators presently at large within its priestly structure of 500 – 600 clerics. Hence, it seems more likely that this is a set of historical accounts written up with a view to doing more harm than good.

I think anyone with a knowledge of Church Militant’s very deep seated hatred for the SSPX over many years will be hard pushed to imagine that justice was ever the motive here, bearing in mind that Michael Voris is himself a former sexual pervert who, unjustly in my opinion, was forced to admit as much in public before others revealed his past sins with a view to discrediting him.

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Founder, SSPX

I mention this because it seems strange to me that a man who had himself suffered such injustice would be so ready to reveal the sins, or perceived sins, of SSPX superiors, not even sparing the holy memory of the saintly Archbishop Lefebvre.

That superiors within the SSPX may have failed in the past to adequately address predator priest issues is sadly all too familiar in the Church. How many times have we heard of superiors failing to take appropriate action against abusers for fear of scandalising the faithful, or simply because they were negligent due to incredulity, failing to believe what the victims’ parents themselves were apparently failing to believe from their own children’s accounts? Sadly, it is a very common theme.

Whatever the reason for past failures in the SSPX, scandalous as they are, it is fairly certain that the superiors themselves were not sexually deviant men intent on enabling abusive priests. At worst they were irresponsible, perhaps even criminally so, God alone knows. No one will escape the divine justice, that’s for sure, although, thankfully, God judges by intent and not by perception.

Speaking of which, I am fairly sure that Church Militant did not intend by its graphic revelations to enable paedophiles, as I suspect its detailed descriptions may well do. I am no psychiatrist but it seems to me that such deviants may be drawn like magnets to stories revealing graphic accounts of child sexual abuse, if only to pleasure their sick minds with whatever images the Church Militant accounts conjure up for them.

Has anyone thought about this? Do these people not realise that the Church has a very good reason for referring simply to impure acts rather than detailing those acts in a graphic way? But then I suppose when the end is vengeance you really have to be graphic enough in detail to elicit an emotional response from readers, even if some happen to be deviants whose emotional response is altogether different from that which was intended! Graphic details of child sexual abuse are for courts of law, not for public platforms where anyone can read them and be incited to offend.

Worse still is the possibility that weaker souls could be lost to the faith as a result of such revelations, as happened en masse in Ireland when the secular media reported its stories on clerical abuse and the failures of superiors, demanding severe and immediate punishment for all who failed.

I wonder if the authors at Church Militant have considered that if just one immortal soul is lost as a result of the utterly depressing and demoralising stories they have published, stories that will result in no natural or supernatural good whatsoever, then there is every possibility that they themselves may lose their souls as a result.

Had children still been at risk in the SSPX then there would have been every good reason for Church Militant to highlight the fact, but that’s not the case and they know it.

So what is the motive? Well, given that Our Lord suffered the ultimate injustice in this world, even to the point of being betrayed by one of His own, the motive is clearly not justice in the Catholic sense that teaches us that divine justice is unavoidable, infallible and far stricter. No, this is vengeance, a desire to do harm to a priestly fraternity which, while it has suffered its share of “filth in the Church”, to quote Pope Benedict XVI, is nevertheless in general a good and holy institution founded by God through His servant Archbishop Lefebvre in a time of great crisis in the Church.

If it were not for the SSPX there would be no Traditional Mass in the Church today, no Traditional priesthood, no Traditional doctrine, all would have been swept aside by now. Had Church Militant included this vital objective observation, along with a balancing reminder that the greater majority of SSPX priests are good and holy priests, then I might have been inclined to believe that the intention is to serve some form of natural justice. But no, it is a biased piece of sleaze reporting that benefits no one other than bitter people and perhaps the aforementioned paedophiles who may enjoy, if such is the word, the filth CM has printed for their deviant pleasure.

That natural justice for genuine victims of clerical abuse within the SSPX or anywhere else may yet be possible, is for the proper legal authorities to assess, for they, not Church Militant, are solely empowered to investigate and report in such criminal matters.

In the meantime, anticipating the response of Church Militant and anyone foolish enough to trust its motives, I lay down the following challenge:

Show me one good to come from this sleaze story that will truly benefit victims, the Church or any individual soul, naturally or supernaturally, which could be said to equate with true Catholic justice.

That’s all I ask, just one concrete proof that this was about true Catholic justice and not the secular worldly parody of justice that convicts without trial and demands public humiliation for all who are perceived to have failed in their duty to protect.  The author of the above article is Martin Blackshaw, who lives in Scotland  –  aka our blogger, Athanasius. 


 The traditional calendar, names today, Friday 8th May, as the Feast of the Apparition of St Michael the Archangel. Our editorial comment on this subject concludes, therefore, with the recitation of the prayer to  St Michael, which we suggest be offered for Michael Voris and his team, i.e. all those involved in the work of his organisation, Church Militant…

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of he Devil;
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts,
by the power of God, cast down into Hell, Satan, and all wicked spirits,
Who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.


Comments (166)

  • Miles Immaculatae

    Voris exudes a visceral rancour, which is not an attractive trait in an adult man. He’s bitter about something. Someone’s hurt him and he can’t let go, or refuses to let it go. A holier person would by now have learned to forgive those who have wounded him. He needs to give up this YouTube enterprise of his, because it’s an occasion of sin; of egotism, vanity, and pride. Nobody likes a person with a chip on their shoulder. They’re a drain on the spirit. He doesn’t have the disposition of serenity of a true Christian. He needs to follow the example of Saint Philip Neri, which is to not take himself too seriously, and to learn to laugh, chiefly at himself. (He has a kind of fake laugh, but it’s not genuine, and a touch unnerving.) This man knows not joy.

    May 26, 2020 at 4:02 pm
    • editor

      Miles Immaculatae,

      I’ve just seen your post – late in the day! But it’s very thoughtful: to “not know joy” really does show…

      I came in, however, to post this dispiriting report on the SSPX situation

      Let’s pray that these allegations really are groundless or, at worst, minimal (not any excuse, of course) and that – whatever the truth – there is no cover-up.

      August 7, 2020 at 11:18 am
      • Fidelis

        Gosh, I hope there’s no danger of a cover-up.

        I don’t think there’s anything unusual in advice not to speak to police without a lawyer present when allegations are made, but I presume Catholic World Report wouldn’t be drawing attention to it if that was all there was to it. I sincerely hope there’s nothing sinister going on. I’ve heard so many good reports about Kansas SSPX school etc. that it would be a heartbreak if these allegations turned out to be true. That would be bad enough, but it there was any attempt to cover up the truth, my faith in the Society would be gone for good. I could take the fact that there is a bad apple or two since this abuse is a disease in the Church right now, but not cover up by superiors. That makes them every bit as bad as the bishops who have done the same thing in the dioceses around the world. There’s no defence for that.

        August 7, 2020 at 1:48 pm
      • Miles Immaculatae

        Likewise, I would be devastated. If I didn’t have the SSPX, I would have nowhere else to go. The Eastern Catholic churches are compromised, as are the Ecclesia Dei and diocesan/indult Latin Mass groups. So, the society is now all we have.

        August 8, 2020 at 12:49 am
      • Athanasius


        The SSPX response referred to in the linked article is really the standard response anyone would expect from a religious group accused of such crimes. Look at the way Cardinal Pell was railroaded by the Australian authorities for openly assisting them in their enquiries.

        The law is adversarial, which is why the police caution people that anything they say may be used in evidence. They used to say “may be used in evidence against you”, but have since modified the line to read simply “may be used in evidence”. Maybe the dropping of the last two words is to encourged accused people to say something that could be turned against them later.

        Everyone accused of serious crime, especially these kinds of heinous crimes, has a right to legal representation when questioned by the police and should always be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt by a jury of his peers, especially when the reported crimes are historical. Hence, Fr. Gardiner has done nothing wrong in merely reminding those who may be questioned, whether involved or not, to say nothing without a lawyer present. It’s basic justice and judicial proceedure that reports such as this are tring to portray as covering up. Of course we know that when it comes to the Church and the clergy all normal and accepted methods go out the window, including the presumption of innocence.

        I only hope these allegations in the long run prove groundless. From what I have read so far I see no smoking gun, just he said, she said, I said. That’s not to say that the allegations are outright lies, it just means that there is no solid evidence either way. I’m sure the relevant investigative authorities will look deeply into it before deciding if there is in fact any substance to the claims being made.

        It would be tragic indeed if any of these allegations proved to be true but it would not diminish my overall trust in the SSPX priests as regards morality and child safety. We have to keep this in context reminding ourselves that a few priests at most are being accused from a priestly fraternity number around 500. Should that few prove guilty then it merely shows that no institution is safe from infiltration by these predators, including secular institutions and even families.

        August 8, 2020 at 2:52 am
  • Athanasius

    The following line from my comment above “It’s basic justice and judicial proceedure that reports such as this are tring to portray as covering up” should read This is basic justice and judicial proceedure which reports such as the linked article are trying to portray as covering up..

    A combination of keyboard trouble and downright incompetence neccesitated the clarification!

    August 8, 2020 at 3:03 am
    • editor

      Fidelis, Miles Immaculatae, Athanasius,

      Yes, I’m aware that it is routine and right for a lawyer to be present when being questioned by the police in any kind of investigation. I’m far from confident in police impartiality and they wouldn’t question me abut the theft of a pin without Perry Mason being in the room, centre-stage.

      My only concern was that somehow one of the victims seems to have discovered that the superior had emailed everyone likely to be contacted by the police to remind them of this right – that made me wonder if there was some truth in the report’s suggestion of a possible cover-up. However, I’m never sure of Catholic World Report (whereas I’m 100% sure of Church Militant!)

      Let’s hope and pray for a satisfactory end to this potential scandal.

      August 8, 2020 at 9:00 am
      • RCAVictor

        Editor et. al.,

        I haven’t followed this case, which I assumed whas just another Voris/ChristineNiles smear campaign paid for by Terry Carroll, but just wanted to emphasize the important of having a lawyer present.

        That is exactly how the FBI caught General Flynn in a “perjury trap”: they asked him to come in for some informal questioning and told him he didn’t even need a lawyer present. And rest, as they say, is sordid history….

        August 8, 2020 at 4:18 pm

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