Church Militant Guilty of Blackmail?editor
Update 9 October 2022
It seems I was wrong about Church Militant in the case of the Father James Jackson FSSP scandal – with Mike Parrott, his supporter and fundraiser, admitting wrong-doing. Ouch!
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Original report follows...
For those of you who may be wondering, we didn’t cover the scandal surrounding the arrest of Father James Jackson FSSP when the story broke because, I’m afraid, I took the instant “not another one” attitude and decided to let it go. Not because Fr Jackson belongs to one of the traditional priestly societies, but because, well, as I say, my first reaction was, what do we have here but just one more unsavoury clergy scandal. What, I thought, is the point?
Now, I’m not so sure. Click here to watch Restoring The Faith (RTF) commenting at the time of Father Jackson’s arrest, to see what you think…
It’s no secret that I’m no fan of Church Militant – I wouldn’t trust that lot to tell me the time of day if I bumped into them in London right under Big Ben. So, I’m horrified, but hardly surprised, at their treatment of the gentleman speaking in the above video, on behalf of RTF (I can’t find his name).
It’s clear from one of Michael Voris’ tweets quoted by RTF that Voris has a very low opinion of the Traditional Latin Mass (to put it mildly), which explains a lot, in my humble opinion. It seems unthinkable, though, that he would not want to accord Fr Jackson (and anyone else accused of a serious crime) the presumption of “innocent until proven guilty”.
Or, are priests accused of sexual crimes to be the one exception to that rule? Correction: are priests who belong to traditional societies to be the one exception to that rule?
Church Militant seems to have sunk very low in this case, to threaten a layman’s livelihood and medical insurance for doing nothing more than trying to help a priest who may have been falsely accused of a grave crime, for simply seeking after the truth – but why?
Yeah right. If you can find it online (Amazon has banned it – I had downloaded it and read it but changed my computer and I can no longer download it from Amazon). See if you can read E Michael Jones’ article on Voris called “The Man Behind the Curtain: Michael Voris and the Homosexual Vortex”. Here’s another free version: https://kupdf.net/download/the-man-behind-the-curtain-michael-voris-and-the-homosexual-vortex-e-michael-jones_596a1276dc0d608e56a88e77_pdf
I wouldn’t trust a word Voris says. Voris’s vanity is obvious to even the casual observer apropos his changing ‘hairstyles’ and ‘hair colours’ Give me a break. But there is even more unsavoury stuff about him in E Michael Jones’ report (and bear in mind E Michael Jones is no SSPX fan either) and makes you wonder just how far Voris has repented of his homosexual background (which was only brought to light because he didn’t really have any choice in the matter). Please – give Church Militant a wide berth. It denigrated Fr Gruner, it denigrates the SSPX, and denigrates anything it disagrees with. It’s just a fund-raising machine. Ignore it.
I paid a flying visit to that link and will study it later – it looks very interesting.
No need to ask me to give CM a wide berth – I never go near that site. I’ve had no time for them for years now – see my comment in response to Andrew below. Truth and Voris clearly have an extremely distant relationship.
I wonder if Voris’s focus on the “gay” clergy is because, subconsciously, he is quite happy about it – that he’s really not repented of his own past behaviour, assuming it’s in the past, and really does want the moral law to change. I wouldn’t have thought that except for the realisation now dawned that he hates the TLM – a very bad sign indeed, even those of us who can’t always get to a TLM know that it’s being suppressed because it is the true rite, pleasing to God.
PS I meant to add – I have no feelings either way about the alleged guilt or innocence of Fr Jackson. I pray he is innocent. I know nothing about him at all, and until this public issue, had never even heard of him.
Me, too. Hadn’t heard of Father Jackson but what little I now know – mostly from the Restoring The Faith videos, inclines me to think he may well be innocent of the charges against him. Here’s hoping.
Thanks for drawing attention to this appalling behavior by Voris and Niles. Church Militant is a disgusting outfit. I can’t get understand why some good people (like Jules Gomes) continue to work with them.
As I’ve just said to Mary Ann, I had no idea they had gone so far astray so publicly. I have had no time for them since I attended Voris’ talk at Carfin when he visited Scotland some years ago, now.
His opening words, to a packed hall, were to the effect that, yes, the Church is in a crisis but there have always been crises in the Church, no big deal. Right away, I lost interest. Changed my hitherto very positive opinion about CM.
Then there was the hilarious call which I’ve reported on this blog somewhere a while back. The organisers, the group who had invited Voris to Scotland (wrongly attributed to Catholic Truth in one of our major newspapers, The Herald, I think; worry not, they published a correction from moi) rang me to ask if I would be willing to be interviewed by Voris for one of his videos. The young man who rang to ask, innocently told me that they had spent forever wracking their brains trying to think of someone who would be able to do the interview – this, a measure of my unpopularity, in case the fact passes you by.
Anyway, I said I would do the interview, but I was surprised because by that time I was known to frequent the SSPX church for Mass. I was told that the invitation would be confirmed in a day or two, with the details of time/place etc. It struck me that they may not have mentioned my SSPX attendee status to Michael Voris in the beginning of their search for someone to interview. My suspicion was confirmed when the “confirmation” call came through a few days later, not confirming, but cancelling the proposed interview, since Michael did not have his internet equipment with him. Oh, fine, that’s OK – I thanked caller for letting me know and hung up.
Imagine my surprise then, on entering the hall and seeing plenty of IT equipment there and later, viewing a video taken during his visit here – featuring St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, if my memory is correct; I tried to find it on YouTube just now but no luck. [After posting this comment, I found my original remarks on the Voris Scotland trip and my cancelled interview, on another thread. See below @ November 17, 12.15 am…]
Jules Gomes does seem like a very nice person – an unusually charitable assessment from me, based on nothing more than the odd email exchange. Still, he may come to realise that a little distance from CM might be beneficial – unless, of course, he’s drawing a fairly generous salary/gratuity, whatever…
I think an awful lot of Catholics think they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s a bit like the virus, impossible to convince them that they’re wrong.
Mike’s last name is Parrot or Parrott — I’ve seen it spelled both ways. We’ve got a page on my blog going into some of the scandalous behavior at Church Militant. They started out well, but turned vicious a number of years ago. They use innuendo, presumption, rash judgment, calumy and slander to attack just about everybody, but especially the SSPX. Check out my page on CM —
I’ve now read a couple of your articles at the CM vs SSPX link – both excellent. I tried to post a comment in response to this more recent article, but I’m not sure it reached you – there was no mention of it being in moderation, so not sure what happened there. I posted using my Christian name – Patricia.
I paid a visit to the above link and find my comment has, indeed, been published. Thank you for that.
I then read this – the latest article about CM on your list, and it is, again, first class.
Keep up your wonderful work – yours is a truly excellent blog.
My remarks were included in a LifeSite article last year regarding the false assertions published in CM about one of my priests here in Sanford, Florida. There were not retractions or corrections; just more of the same from the same wearying source.
That is very interesting. We ran a thread on the CM allegations against an SSPX priest a while back. I’m sure any Lifesite coverage would have been quoted here. The fact that they will not (happily) report errors and correct them, suggests very bad faith.
Great to hear from you!
Thank you for the name of the gentleman speaking at Restoring The Faith – he seems to be very genuine, fair-minded and generous, given his efforts to organise an independent investigation into the allegations against Fr Jackson. I believe him when he says he will accept the outcome, no matter what the truth of the matter. He is truly charitable to take this position, God bless him.
I paid a quick visit to your link – that looks to be an extremely interesting list, and I will be looking at some of those links asap. I had no idea CM had gone so far off the rails. It was a shock to discover how much money they’re spending on paying staff, for example – goodness, whatever happened to volunteer work in the lay apostolate…
The idea of people making a living out of the crisis in the Church never ceases to amaze me… The idea of editing a publication or making videos on the Church crisis for a living just takes my breath away. Yet so many seem to be able to do that. We have very generous donors, don’t get me wrong, but when we get together for our newsletter meetings, guess who buys and tea and cakes = coffee and doughnuts where you live 😀
Further to my response to Andrew above, I found my previous comment on the Voris visit to Scotland on a previous thread so I’ve copied it to post here, complete with video taken during his visit…. I was replying to Athanasius…
You got that right. Although, while I agree that he can invent things, I’m not so sure “good” is the description I’d have chosen, not after the excuse he made to get out of meeting me during his visit to Scotland, some years ago. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, maybe a thousand times, but – as Groucho Marx once said – if I’ve told you this before, don’t stop me, I want to hear it again… 😀
Michael Voris was apparently keen to interview someone who could discuss the Scottish Catholic “scene” (well, I’ve always imagined myself in Hollywood) So, after scratching their heads for ages trying to think of someone, the organisers told me, the only name with which they could come up, was unworthy li’l ole me.
Thus, I had a telephone call from one of the organisers, asking if I would be willing to be interviewed by Michael for one of his videos during his visit here, and I very humbly, as is my wont, said “yes”… Although, knowing that the interview was to be conducted by an American, I probably added “well, sure, shucks, pleasure, WOW!” Anyway, having set up appointments with top hairdressers and beauticians (who made me sign disclaimers in case the problems were as insurmountable as they seemed at first appearance – so to speak) I awaited the return call to confirm the details.
Here’s the return call…
The New Me (following beauty treatment)… “Yes…. Hi! WOW! Good to hear from you again! Howzitgoing with Michael?”WOW! ”
Organiser… er… em…well…O yes, going fine …But…
The New Me… O, great! That’s marvellous. I’m looking forward to his talk at Carfin. Can’t wait! Isn’t he just brilliant? Fancy, he coming to Scotland! Or, should I say Scaaaaatland! (laughter – from me…) OK, so when do we do the interview? What will I wear? Should I buy a new outfit? Will there be a huge audience?
Organiser… er… em…well… No, actually, Pat. He’s not able to do the interview after all…
The New Me… O, goodness me, I hope he’s not feeling intimidated because I’m so famous or anything? Tell him I’m really just an ordinary girl, er… gal, with a brand new face and hairdo, but apart from that, just an ordinary girl… gal…
Organiser… O no, nothing like that. It’s just that he hasn’t got his internet equipment with him, that’s all, so he’s having to leave interviews this time.
The New Me… I see… Well, can’t be helped. That’s fine. At least I didn’t buy a new dress and I can visit lots of friends to get my money’s worth for the beauty treatment… No problem… See you at the Carfin talk… Bye….
On entering the hall for the Carfin talk, the first thing I saw was a load of internet equipment up there on the stage, and when he returned home, I found this…
Still, our interview would not have been a success since the very first words he uttered in the hall at Carfin were to assure the audience that this crisis was no big deal – there had been plenty of crises in the Church, this is just the latest. And, I thought, to think I’d struggled with my rather challenged parking skills to hear him talk nonsense like this, plus to treat us all like a classroom full of dimwit children: “Put your hand up if you know someone who is lapsed from the Faith… ” That sort of silly stuff that wannabe teachers do… I didn’t put my hand up because even then I didn’t know anyone who was practising the Faith – well, I exaggerate, but only just.. You’ll get my drift. I just listened in astonishment to the whole impoverished talk, and didn’t even feel inclined to ask a question or make a comment, which is not at all like moi. Believe me.
Later, I had a letter published in The Herald denying, stoutly, that Catholic Truth had paid for his trip here (heavens, Catholic Truth hadn’t even paid for my beauty treatment 😀 ) as Garry Otton, notorious homosexual campaigner had claimed. As a matter of interest, Garry had attended the Voris talk and approached me to introduce himself (told you I was famous) and he seemed ever so friendly. I didn’t know who he was, at first, he was so nice to me, but once he told me his name I realised that we had locked beliefs and opinions in the press from time to time. Anyway, here’s his take on the Voris Carfin talk – you honestly couldn’t make it up (although, to a large extent, Otton did…)
For the record, the reason Voris didn’t want to interview me is 99.99999% because the organisers would have told him that I attended the Glasgow SSPX church, which is about the next worst thing to dealing drugs anyone could do at that time. Happily, I think things have moved on a little in Scotland. Drug dealing is definitely rated more deadly/criminal than attending SSPX Masses. I think…
Here’s another memory-jogger for you: years ago I posted here my email exchange with Mr.Terry Carroll, Voris’ Mr. Got Rocks, to support my claim that both of them were utter frauds. Carroll himself discovered our discussion and came on here to argue his (non-existent) case, but of course he was excoriated by one and all and thoroughly embarrassed himself….that is, if embarrassment is ever an option for shameless liars and narcissists….
On a more current note, one of our priests is constantly warning his flock to stay as far away from CM as possible.
I will now dutifully watch the RTF video to avoid losing zeroes in my paycheck….
I do remember that discussion many years ago – I searched for it just now in our posts but it must have been on our previous blog, as there is no record of it. I even searched online briefly in case it came up but I can’t remember the headline so unable to to find it. Whatever, you are being proven right about them being “frauds” even if you weren’t at the time, which I’m sure you would have been, no question about it, so ignore my “even if you weren’t…” 😀
Interesting about your priest warning people away from CM – over here they warn people away from Catholic Truth!
I’ve now watched the RTF video. I didn’t find his attempt at defending Fr. Jackson especially convincing, since it consisted of speculation and circumstantial evidence, but he did make a good point: where were the warning signs? They didn’t exist.
That said, this kind of allegation is a preferred tactic of the left – in this case, what better way to discredit the TLM, its practitioners and promoters, than to discredit one of its pillars with faked allegations of sexual crimes? In fact, someone in the chat replay even pointed that out.
The same tactic was used on Trump, several times.
What I found convincing about the RTF video was the proclaimed determination of the man (Mike Parrott) to double checking the truth, not taking the word of the “authorities” (and having tuned into the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, who could blame him) all the while being prepared to accept the truth wherever it may lead. “No warning signs” is a good place to begin.
It is really startling to think how easily someone could be framed for such a computer based crime. It’s a truly evil tactic because, as Mike points out, even if legally exonerated, this would be the reputation destroyer to beat all reputation destroyers.
I know that lots of Catholics think the world of Church Militant so this will come as a blow to many, discovering that Michael Voris and Christine Niles are very different people from how they present themselves to the camera.
I’m shocked that they would be keen to find any priest guilty of this heinous crime. I am always disturbed when I hear these cases, no matter if the priest is a modernist or a traditionalist. I don’t want any priest to be guilty of such terrible behaviour, sins and crimes.
I very seldom go to the CM site but that is now changed to I will never go to their site. I don’t want to support them in any way.
. . . “I don’t WANT any priest to be guilty of such terrible behaviour” . . . In other words, meaning that you’ll let it go whenever a priest IS guilty of “such terrible behaviour”? Meaning you’ll automatically deny whenever a priest is guilty of such things just because you happen to think that he’s holy?
Meaning that, although you say you’re a faithful Catholic, you’re willing to close your ears to what is most likely the truth?
Not every priest is innocent. There are guilty modernist priests, and there are guilty traditionalist priests. Priests are humans who make mistakes… This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
And I’m pretty sure that most people would absolutely be keen on finding someone who does this sort of stuff… in order to put them in JAIL. Do you really want stuff like this to continue happening? If it was anybody else OTHER than a priest who was found doing this sort of stuff, I honestly think that you’d be happy with having their crimes being brought into the light so that they could be ARRESTED.
But because it’s a PRIEST that happens to be caught doing this sort of stuff, well then everybody has to revere him with the utmost respect and not question any of the wrong things that they do, right?
Y’know, one of my favorite Bible verses has to be 1 Thessalonians 5:21. It runs along the lines of “question everything, retain what is good.” Paraphrasing, but you get the idea.
Priests should be respected because of their position, yes. That doesn’t mean that they should go without any punishment whatsoever if they’re caught committing some crime.
And, by the way, about your little “discovering that Michael Voris and Christine Niles are very different people from how they present themselves to the camera” comment? Exactly what’s meant by this?
“I don’t want any priest to be guilty…”
Yeah – nobody does.
But the way speak about it sounds like you’re saying that, while calling yourself a faithful Catholic, you’re willing to shut your ears to what is most likely the truth. It sounds like you’re saying, “Well, I don’t WANT him to be guilty, so I’m just going to ignore it!”
Priests are humans. They make mistakes. It’s common sense.
If you hear that a lay person is guilty of “such terrible behaviour,” as you so aptly put it, then you’d be perfectly okay with the performance of an investigation on said lay person, wouldn’t you?
Why’s it any different with a priest? Is it purely because he’s a traditionalist? Both modernism and traditionalism involves bad priests.
And, by the way, why would you be shocked at their desire to bring these horrible things into the light? You want these sorts of things to go without due justice?
I think most people would ABSOLUTELY be keen on finding people who do this sort of thing… in order to put them in JAIL.
And, quite frankly, the fact that it sounds like you’re not interested in helping to put these people in jail is disgusting.
Obviously this does not mean that people should want for a priest to be guilty… Why anybody would want that, I don’t know.
But people should absolutely have a desire to get bad people to quit whatever bad things they’re doing. Again, common sense. You don’t want criminals running all over the place, do you?
And, by the way, what exactly do you mean by “Michael Voris and Christine Niles are very different people from how they present themselves to the camera”?
Your comments answering mine are surprising to me. You have obviously misunderstood what I said.
For one thing, I never think of myself as a “faithful Catholic” and so I certainly would never describe myself that way. I’m just an ordinary Catholic trying to find my way through what is happening in the Church, including the shocking clergy abuse scandals which horrify me to my core. So, I don’t know why you think I am against priests who are guilty of this crime and sin being punished for it. I’m not.
I am very much in favour of exposing such evil doing and priests who are living duplicitous lives – in fact, Catholic Truth here is the only group in Scotland who were doing that, and getting plenty of stick for their reports for years. Now it’s OK but when Catholic Truth first started up and carried reports of priest’s misconduct they were called all the names under the sun.
What I don’t like, and I hope you don’t either, is when priests (or anyone else) are presumed guilty until they prove themselves innocent. That’s the wrong way round and that seems to be what Church Militant are doing with this FSSP priest. That’s all wrong.
To answer your question, that’s what I meant by Michael Voris and Christine Niles showing themselves to be very different people from how they present themselves, because they are not only assuming the priest is guilty before trial, they are persecuting the layman who is trying to help raise funds to pay for an independent private investigation.
Do you think that is right?
You might want to use your full username in future – looks like you omitted a couple of letters from the middle (O and A)
Josephine’s reply to you is a tad too polite for my liking (no offence, Josephine) but what she has written is unanswerable, which is probably why you’ve not answered but, instead, disappeared, into the Scottish mist. Don’t rush back.
I’ve read right through this entire thread again, just now, and only an idiot could think that anyone here fails to condemn clergy sex abuse. Everyone is united in doing exactly that, despite none of us wanting ANY priest to be guilty of such evil. THAT is all that Josephine meant – your dishonest distorted misinterpretation of her words is
disingenuousdisgraceful. Of course, since Voris and Niles clearly DO want Fr Jackson to be guilty, maybe you are of the same evil mindset.
Thus, your evil suggestion that in Fr Jackson’s case guilt “is most likely the truth” speaks volumes about your own bias and judgmentalism. Nasty, nasty, nasty.
And allow me to answer to your question: “what exactly do you mean by “Michael Voris and Christine Niles are very different people from how they present themselves to the camera”?
Voris and Niles present themselves as warriors for the Faith, rooting out clergy misbehaviour, notably sexual misconduct. Yeah right.
Two points: firstly, they are so wrong on the liturgy, that there is no way in this world that they can be described as warriors for the Faith; they hate the very Mass which gave us countless saints and martyrs right up to 1965 when their (and probably your) newer, if fewer, Church began. Secondly, they are apparently so absolutely delighted at “catching” misbehaving clergy that any good which may be achieved by their reporting is likely to be very limited and surely lacking grace, or so it seems to me and to moi.
Nobody who feels forced to expose scandal, should take any pleasure from it. Catholic Truth has been in that position and we found it agonising. And by that I don’t mean the nasty attacks from enemies which followed were agonising, but we would have much preferred to help those priests return to the right path. Indeed, in our first round of reporting, we tried to do just that and were accused of blackmailing them, for our trouble! Talk about you can’t win…
Anyway, if you come back here at any time in the near future I hope you will apologise to Josephine for misinterpreting her words (until you do, I will continue to believe that your misinterpretation is malicious) and I would like to think that you would acknowledge that it will be quite some time before we canonise ourselves a Saint Michael Voris and/or a Saint Christine Niles, Patrons of the AALM Brigade (the Anti-Ancient Latin Mass Brigade)
I won’t hold my breath.
This is an eye-opener about Church Militant. Out of curiosity I went to YouTube to see his latest and it really is all about him. I decided to post to see if anyone disagrees.
I look forward to watching that – I can imagine that it’s all about CM, as you indicate.
As far as Church Militant is concerned I like their Site and they have held good Conferences in the Past and I believe that this Enough is Enough is a Just cause. I know ED that you don’t follow them and again that is your prerogative, personally I think they do a Job that needs doing. Of course I do not agree with everything they do as I have stated below.
It would be a Dull World indeed if we all agreed ( as Marxists Governments now want us to do ) on the same things. Of course I stand to be corrected.
Thanks for posting – I’ve just picked my jaw up off the floor because, while I’m in no position to criticise anyone for calling bishops to account, I like to think that if we had some sound bishops, I’d watch my language. For example, Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco (California) who has publicly spoken up about Pelosi receiving Holy Communion despite being a pro-abortion-up-to-birth politician, and his defence of Catholic teaching on marriage in the context of same-sex “marriage” lobbying, surely is not “creepy”… I think there are a few others (I’m not mentioning the fact that Archbishop Cordileone offers the TLM, since that WOULD make him “creepy” in the eyes of CM) so his swingeing attack on the entire group of bishops is a tad extreme, by any standards.
I was also taken aback at Voris’ angry eyes – I won’t say what I’m thinking, for once; suffice to say I could not describe the anger thus displayed as “righteous”.
I actually put a comment on C. M. About this so called affair as I think like some on Here that this Priest was condemned without Investigation which in Any Circumstances is all wrong. I also put on my own Experience of a Liar and Any other Bad names you could call Him except Murder would not be wrong ,attempted Murder though, Yes . Anyhow this Particular Man started to Say that Priests actually passed Him around for Sexual Abuse, of course He only made these allegations once the MONEY was being payed out and it was all over the M.S.M. Now these so called Abuses took place about 50 Years ago at the time the Allegations against the Priests were made . A Half Decent Journalist would have known it was all Lies simply by the Geographical Statements this Man made . But hey put the Boot in Anyway its Catholic Priests. I also know for a Fact that He got Loadsamoney . I actually would have gone to the press had I not been a coward. But as I said above this Guy committed every crime except Murder . But did attempt to Murder someone. How do I know. He told me the details Himself, and unlike the Sexual Abuses he claimed Happened, their was no Geographical dispute on Him claiming He tried to Murder Someone.
It must be a terrible thing indeed to be accused of Crimes You did not commit. It must be worse still to be Accused of Sexual Crimes. As a single Man the only Children that are allowed in my Home are my Grandchildren. In fact I wouldn’t help a Child outside my Home if they asked me .
What Terrible Times we now Live in . Also as Bit of a P.S. you can tell lots about a Person by the company they keep, and most of the Guy am describings Company was as Rotten as Him. And that’s a Fact that doesn’t require Investigation.
If you choose to participate in the CM site, that’s up to you, as we used to say: “down to you” as they say these days!
I have a policy of avoiding the company of liars – whether in-person/real life or online. It’s just a “thing” with me…
For your interest, here‘s a good interview from the excellent “The Garden Shed” channel with Ben Carter, Jeff Cassman and poor Mike Parrott.
It’s an hour long but IMHO is well worth the viewing as it gives some good background to the Church Militant’s way of thinking. Actually I think it has something to do with a cult with the initials OD (millionaire OD supernumerary Marc Brammer brought them out a while ago) of which I’ve had some experience. It’s really diabolical what Mike Voris and Christine Niles are doing to Mike. Sheer narcissistic behaviour.
Re narcissists – I’ve gradually noticed more and more of that ilk over the last 20 years or so. Is it because they’re more empowered with social media giving them a platform or is it because of the dearth of TLMS since Vatican II? I would say both, but I would also dare to say the latter more so!
From Benedict Carter’s Twitter account.
Looks like CM has gone ahead and filed a case against
And for your amusement here’s Ben lampooning Voris in “The Latex”.
Apologies re link – it’s a bit confronting when you see it like that! 😳.
I didn’t know how post the actual URL.
I prefer to see the video straight onto the page – people often don’t visit links or so it seems to me from the lack of commentary; yet when there is a video, bloggers will comment. So, thank you for that. I will watch later.
I’ve just watched that spoof video – hilarious!
We used to have a blogger called Benedict Carter – I wonder if he is the same person who posted that video on his Twitter account. If so, I had no idea he had such acting skills!
Disgraceful that CM has filed a lawsuit against RTF – utterly shameful.
Yes its the very same Ben Carter. He is a real hoot, I sometimes look at his Twitter Page.
I think he lives in (or close to) Fatima now.
Here is an update to the Mike Parrot saga.
Mike is now standing strong and is fighting for his good name so he needs donations to fund the law suit brought about by Voris and Niles.They’re both quite barmy!
But it’s wonderful that donors are pledging above what they promised before.
Well I am glad I do not have to be the judge of these souls. First I’d heard of Fr. Jackson’s case which very well could be a setup. Wondering how long he was under surveillance and targetted and if possibly evidence was planted by one of his enemies?
Just shocking that Voris attempts to blackmail the man from RTF who has been very transparent in the video about why he is collecting donations, which is then the same thing Church Militant is doing. I also recall a Church Militant article which hasn’t ever been retracted openly slandering a priest who says the Traditional Latin Mass and labelling him a sexual predator.
It’s sad there are so many real or manufactured scandals these days about priests. I read somewhere there is an “accuse” crisis, not an abuse crisis, in the way that false accusations of sexual nature are constantly being reported in media against Catholic priests, schools, etc. My diocese here is involved in some multi-million dollar payout to lawyers over decades old accusations of sexual abuse. No wonders when the worldly punishment follows the wordly nature of the diocese here in its Novus Ordo liturgies which were all shut down by secular orders and bishop’s compliance for over a year. Still they are denying entrance without mask.
Church Militant is a very strange organisation in my opinion.
In my early days of returning to the faith, I was very impressed by them and even went to hear Michael Voris speak.
These days though, the focus seems to be on attacking the SSPX more than anything, which I believe is a clear indicator that they are pushing someone’s agenda.
I know that Voris publicly admitted to previous sins – allegedly because clergy were planning to use them to discredit him – which I thought was brave and humble. But even so, it does seem like the organisation has become a puppet for some unseen hand.
My opinion of Voris has however changed over the years. I’m sure there is some kind of maxim “never trust a man in a wig” or similar. It’s just not right. (I say this as a man currently vying with his one year old daughter as to who has the most hair).
So, according to you (who, might I add, hasn’t even done enough research to find Mike Parrott’s name), “Innocent until proven guilty.”
ALSO according to you, “Church Militant is guilty!!”
To whom is this comment addressed? You really are a
If you’re getting at me (because I don’t think I knew Mike’s name) – gerragrip! Who cares? It’s like not knowing MY name – I don’t care. As long as everyone knows Catholic Truth, that’s all that matters. You really do take the biscuit.
Yes, Church Militant is definitely guilty – the evidence is there, in their own words. You really do need to gerragrip, and soon.
Very interesting thread, Patricia! I love the spoof video and will post it on my blog.
Update 9 October 2022
It seems I was wrong about Church Militant in the case of the Father James Jackson FSSP scandal – with Mike Parrott, his supporter and fundraiser, admitting wrong-doing. Ouch!
Click here to read the most recent update…
Well, as I said in the case of the ‘traditional Wyoming Carmelites’ on the Les Femmes website – we might not like Church Militant and its methods or motives, but it doesn’t mean to say it is wrong 100% of the time. I think you said yourself, Editor, that even a broken clock is right twice a day. I’d never heard that expression before and thought it was good. I cannot abide this attitude that some traditional Catholics have, that if a person / priest / organisation / order that identifies as traditional, is put under scrutiny or criticised, then that is unacceptable, and that they must of course be entirely innocent solely by virtue of the fact they identify as ‘traditional’. Not so.
I totally agree about the ridiculous idea that “traditional” priests must be innocent just because they claim to be “traditional”. I’m hearing more and more evidence that the so-called traditional priests are often worse than the modernists, very arrogant. I won’t say more than that here but I’m very disappointed in them, the more I hear the more I want to avoid so-called “traditional” priests and their chapels.
I remember that case of the Wyoming Carmelites – there’s obviously something fishy going on there, as well. I wasn’t so sure about Fr Jackson’s case but now he’s made an admission of some kind, so I don’t think there’s any doubt left. What I am more taken aback about is the man, Mike Parrott (spelling ?) who was fundraising for him – it looks like he is not the squeaky-clean person I originally thought he was. What a mess the Church is in.
WF / Laura,
I completely agree that because a priest identifies as “traditional” he is bound to be squeaky clean is a self-evident nonsense. I’m hearing more and more about sound young priests trained in the novus ordo but with a wholly traditional mindset and keen to learn the TLM despite Traditionis Custodes. I think it’s wrong to put the so-called traditionalist on a pedestal. A very big mistake.
I wholeheartedly concur with your comment here.
When we went exclusively to the SSPX a few years ago we found the older Australian priests were very orthodox but since the seminary here was taken over by younger American lecturers, very sadly the modernist ones have influenced the recent influx of new Oz priests who are all for the jabs (it’s not a sin, don’cha know!) and other topics that actually require a lot of thinking so there is no-one being placed on a pedestal here.
There is a wonderful and eccentric Sydney-born SSPX priest here at the moment who understands more subjects, especially moral theology, than the whole caboodle of the SSPX. We’re incredibly blessed to have him ministering to our little rural parish twice a month and he is converting people left, right and centre to the Faith.
I may take this moment to thank you for such a wonderful blog as I have learnt so much from it thanks to your knowledge and dedication to the Faith.
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