Michael Voris: Insults, Name-calling, and Calumny

NOTE: I am working on a book about Voris which will prove the errors in his theology and his method of preaching.

Michael Voris video
title: “The Vortex — Completely Mental
subtitle: “Touched. Off his rocker. Out to lunch.”
Feb 4, 2019
Please note that the above video is filled with verbal abuse directed at a Cardinal.

Michael Voris claims: “New Yorkers have a local expression, ‘That guy’s mental’ ” Okay, that’s not a local quaint expression, but a derogatory term used by children and teenagers. And it is an insult derived from a slur used against the mentally disabled [See Wikipedia, List of disability-related terms with negative connotations]. Who is this term directed at? Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Voris: “Well, for the record, Cardinal Dolan’s mental. His reaction and media comments following Governor Cuomo signing the new state abortion law reveals some serious issues upstairs with His Eminence.”

The phrase “serious issues upstairs” confirms that this insult refers to a mental disability, derisively imputed to a Cardinal because Voris disagrees with a decision the Cardinal made.

Cardinal Dolan refuses to excommunicate (ferendae sententiae) Governor Cuomo for signing the new NY State abortion law. Michael Voris justifies insulting a Cardinal with childish name-calling because he decided not to excommunicate Cuomo. Note that, as far as we know, Governor Cuomo does not present himself for Communion.

Dolan was consecrated a Bishop under Pope Saint John Paul II, and made a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. He is the Archbishop of the New York City archdiocese. Formerly, he was the President of the USCCB. Dolan has a BA in philosophy and an STL (a doctorate from a Pontifical University). Dolan attended the Saint Louis Preparatory Seminary.

Michael Voris is a seminary dropout who has only an STB (bachelor’s degree). Voris’ degree is from the Angelicum in Rome. Cardinal Dolan “taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Angelicum. He also was granted the title of Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1994.” [Wikipedia]

During the years that Voris was, in his own words, having “frequent sexual liaisons with both adult men and adult women” and was “confused about my own sexuality” and “lived a life of live-in relationships with homosexual men”, Dolan was serving Jesus Christ and His Church as a faithful parish priest.

But Voris thinks himself fit to substitute his judgment for that of a Cardinal, whose qualifications in theology and in the Church are far greater than those of Voris. Who understands theology better? Cardinal Dolan. Who is better equipped to make this decision? Dolan. And who has the actual authority? Again, Dolan, not Voris.

Then, because a Cardinal does not act in the way that a layman with poor qualifications wishes in excommunicating a Governor, Voris feels justified in lashing out with insults and childish name-calling — contrary to the Gospel and the teaching of the Church.

Voris calls Cardinal Dolan “mental”, which is short for “mentally ret***ed” — a slur used against the mentally disabled. He also calls him “an emasculated wimp.” Next, he repeats that “Dolan’s mental.” He then insults the U.S. Bishops as a group by saying that the “U.S. bishops are lily-livered cowards”.

Voris then makes a false accusation against Cardinal Dolan: “So Dolan says the Apostles were unmerciful.” At no time did the Cardinal make such a statement. Voris is drawing that conclusion by an uncharitable interpretation of Dolan’s positive comment: “The Church, in the last 50 years, beginning with Pope John Paul II and especially intensified under Pope Francis, has said, ‘I don’t know if that’s Gospel values here’ because mercy trumps everything.”

Then he returns to childish name-calling and insults with: “The man is flat out mental” and “you and so many of your worldly emasculated brethren….” and “Dolan and the rest of his mental crowd”. He describes the Cardinal further in these terms: “his stupid bombastic laugh and ‘aw shucks’ fake persona” and he calls him “a huckster, a snake oil salesman or a bad used car dude.” Voris continues to apply the slur used against the mentally disabled to the Cardinal: “being mental” and “when someone is mental” and “completely mental” (used 4 times).

Michael Voris also speaks calumny against Dolan by attributing to him the sins of priests who abuse minors: “all their sodomite priests raping altar boys”. Then there is the graphic used to represent the video (before you hit “play”). It portrays Cardinal Dolan as having the top of his head removed and a plant growing out of his brain. It is a grave sin to treat any Bishop or priest with such malicious derision.


The name-calling used by Voris is a type of derision, reviling, and calumny [CCC 2477-79; Summa]. All of which is objectively a mortal sin when directed at a Cardinal, Bishop, or even a humble parish priest, especially merely for a difference in judgment.

John Paul II did not excommunicate pro-abortion politicians, and he is a Pope-Saint. Pope Benedict XVI also declined to do so. Many Bishops around the world have made the same decision. And that decision is not subject to review by Michael Voris, an unqualified layman whose personal sins are far greater than the supposed sin of declining to excommunicate someone.

Faithful Catholics may disagree with the decision of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, and Cardinal Dolan not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians. But reviling, name-calling, slurs, and calumny are objective mortal sins, as is rejecting the authority the Church gives to Popes and Bishops and usurping that authority for oneself.

Voris attempts to give a brief and incompetent explanation of Canon law on abortion. And he gets is wrong. He fails to distinguish between excommunication ferendae sententiae and latae sententiae. Abortion incurs an excommunication latae sententiae (automatically). What Dolan is refusing to do is to issue an excommunication ferendae sententiae (a brought judgment). And that is a judgment reserved to Bishops and Popes, to the persons given authority in the Church by Christ. A layman with an STB, whose past sins and poor understanding of theology make him unfit to be a priest, is not given this type of judgment.

Voris then makes the claim that the Didache, an early Christian document, issued a sentence of “explusion from the Sacraments for 10 years.” That claim is false; see the actual text of the Didache here.

And now I need to point out the difference between Governor Cuomo and Michael Voris. You see, Cuomo is automatically excommunicated for the sin of abortion, but not excommunicated ferendae sententiae due to the decision of his Bishop. And he does not present himself for Communion, as far as we know. But Michael Voris is automatically excommunicated for the sin of teaching and believing heresy, as shown here. And yet he does present himself for Communion. And when Voris was rebuked by the Bishop of the Scranton diocese, he refused to correct his false teachings on other religions (Judaism and Islam).

The hypocrisy here is extreme. Voris is excommunicated for teaching heresy. He is also excommunicated for the sin of schism. He does not accept the authority of the Pope and the Bishops. Instead, he speaks continually as if he had the authority over the Pope and the Bishops to judge and condemn their teachings, words, and deeds. That is the sin of schism. Both heresy and schism carry the penalty of automatic excommunication. Yet Voris presents himself for Communion. Governor Cuomo is automatically excommunicated for the sin of abortion, but he does not present himself for Communion. It is hypocrisy for Voris to call for the excommunication of Cuomo, when Voris himself is automatically excommunicated for heresy and schism.

In addition, under Canons 915 and 916, Michael Voris should not be given Communion (915) due to his obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin by derision, calumny, reviling, and name-calling directed at Cardinals and Bishops. He also should not present himself for Communion, as a matter of conscience (916) for all of the above stated sins, as well as the sin of scandal.

Michael Voris has no authority to stand in judgment over Popes, Cardinals, and Bishops, nor would his name-calling, insults, slurs, and calumny be justified if he had some real authority in the Church.

In past generations, the Church would have excommunicated a pro-abortion politician. But the funny part is that, in those same generations, the Church also would have excommunicated anyone who spoke about Church leaders in the manner of Michael Voris. If the Church ever decides to start excommunicating persons guilty of grave sins that harm many souls, Voris will be one of the first in line, not too far behind Cuomo.

And why doesn’t Michael Voris write a lengthy theological argument on the topic of abortion and excommunication, rather than engaging in constant name-calling, derision and calumny? He can’t. Michael Voris has such a poor understanding of Catholic doctrine that he has yet to write a single book or booklet of real Catholic theology. His teaching videos are superficial in their theology, and often teach error. For example, across many hours of videos supposedly teaching on the Eucharist, he has yet to explain the doctrine of transubstantiation. He mentions it from time to time, but he doesn’t teach it because he can’t. He does not understand that doctrine. And for all his many hours of videos railing against Bishops for having the supposed wrong position on moral issues, Voris has yet to do a single video or article on the three fonts of morality. Search ChurchMilitant.com and you won’t find anything on the topic. He speaks about intrinsically evil acts, but he has no idea what a moral object it. Voris’ understanding of theology is shallow and full of gigantic holes you could drive a truck through — which is why he resorts so often to name-calling and malicious rhetoric when he disagrees. He is unable to posit a theological argument in contradiction to his theological opponents.

One final point. The nastiness with which Voris treats all who disagree with him, especially leaders in the Church whose office and person deserve respect, since they represent Christ, is entirely incompatible with the Gospel teaching to love one’s neighbor. It is incompatible with the teaching to love God, since Church leaders are ordained by God. This type of rhetoric is objectively a grave sin. Anyone behaving this way should examine his or her conscience, to ascertain whether the sin might have the full culpability of actual mortal sin. Persons who are in the state of grace do not constantly ridicule and malign anyone and everyone who disagrees with them. Correction by an argument based on faith and reason is moral and good. Name-calling, slurs, reviling, and calumny are gravely immoral, and made more serious when directed at ordained persons.

How does anyone listen to Voris and mistakenly think that he is presenting the true Gospel? What kind of preacher or teacher of Catholicism uses continual verbal abuse of Cardinals and Bishops in order to spread the Gospel of love? A false one.

{13:1} Let every soul be subject to higher authorities. For there is no authority except from God and those who have been ordained by God.
{13:2} And so, whoever resists authority, resists what has been ordained by God. And those who resist are acquiring damnation for themselves.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
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3 Responses to Michael Voris: Insults, Name-calling, and Calumny

  1. franciscofigueroa1 says:

    Sacrilege is also a sin of irreligion (CCC# 2139). Sacrilege is the grave sin of treating unworthy as well as *persons* consecrated to God (CCC# 2120).

    [2 Timothy 3]
    {3:1} And know this: that in the last days perilous times will press near.
    {3:2} Men will be lovers of themselves, greedy, self-exalting, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked,
    {3:3} without affection, without peace, false accusers, unchaste, cruel, without kindness,
    {3:4} traitorous, reckless, self-important, loving pleasure more than God,
    {3:5} even having the appearance of piety while rejecting its virtue. And so, avoid them.

  2. Guest says:

    I will not comment on CM anymore.

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