My Comment on Michael Voris’ past sins

On 21 April 2016, Michael Voris disclosed some details about his past grave sins, when he was a fallen-away Catholic.

Michael Voris: “I will now reveal that for most of my years in my thirties, confused about my own sexuality, I lived a life of live-in relationships with homosexual men. From the outside, I lived the lifestyle and contributed to scandal in addition to the sexual sins. On the inside, I was deeply conflicted about all of it. In a large portion of my twenties, I also had frequent sexual liaisons with both adult men and adult women.

“These are the sins of my past life in this area which are all now publicly admitted and owned by me. That was before my reversion to the Faith.

“Since my reversion, I abhor all these sins, especially in the world of the many many other sins I have committed having nothing to do with sexuality.” []

Voris had already previously, repeatedly, admitted that he had committed past (now-repented) grave sins, including sins of a sexual nature. He simply was not specific as to the nature of those sins.

Voris: “I have never made a secret that my life prior to my reversion was extremely sinful. I have said many times — in public — that I was in a state of mortal sin, and had I died, I would have been damned. I also revealed these sins were of a sexual nature and that they occurred over a prolonged period of time. I did not reveal the specific nature or details of the sins, because when I returned home to the Church, I did not think that a full public confession of details was necessary in order to start proclaiming the great mercy of God. Perhaps that was a wrong assessment. I don’t seriously know.”

I know. It was not a wrong assessment. It was sufficient for him to reveal that he had a sinful past life, including grave sexual sins, prior to his reversion. Confessing one’s sins is for the Confessional. Michael Voris is clearly thoroughly repentant from those past sins, and I’m sure that God has forgiven him. We don’t need to know the details.

Voris says that he disclosed these new details about his past sins because he thought that the Diocese of New York was preparing to release information on those sins. I suppose he wanted to “get ahead of the story”, as they say.

Voris: “We have on very good authority from various sources that the New York archdiocese is collecting and preparing to quietly filter out details of my past life with the aim of publicly discrediting me, this apostolate and the work here.”

But the diocese, in an official statement, denies that claim. Is Voris mistaken? Perhaps. Or perhaps, just perhaps, some persons who work for the diocese of New York were collecting and preparing to leak that type of information. I doubt very much that any Bishop from the diocese was involved. But a large diocese like that of New York has many persons in many different roles. So it is possible, though I don’t have any specific knowledge on this point, that some diocesan personnel were doing what Voris claims.

I’m am happy that Michael Voris repented of his past sinful life and became a faithful believing and practicing Catholic. Some commentators online have taken advantage of this situation to malign Voris and undermine his current reputation. Shame on them.

My past disputes with Voris are not based on his character or his past sins, nor on my judgment, God forbid, of the state of his soul. I have had, and continue to have, valid serious criticisms of his teachings, on theological grounds. But that is a subject for another post. Here, I would only like to say: “May God bless and have mercy on Michael Voris and his coworkers in the faith.”

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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One Response to My Comment on Michael Voris’ past sins

  1. Francisco says:

    “No one is bound to reveal the truth to someone who does not have the right to know it.” – CCC #2489

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