Love doesn’t always win.

[Whatever one may think of Michel Voris and Church Militant, their treatment at the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” was not joyful or gospel-like but appalling]

Michael Voris
The Vortex
July 5, 2017


This Vortex is coming to you from the Convocation of Catholic Leaders at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando Florida — lots to report but no real surprises. First, moments, and we do mean just moments, after our crew arrived and went into the convention area, we were approached by 57-year-old Robert Yates, the designated head of security for the U.S. Bishops’ Conference, who asked me if I was Michael Voris and then said, “You have to leave.” This was roughly 45 seconds after we walked into the area.

Yates was of course under orders from his bosses and is a former military man hired by the bishops a few years back to oversee the implementation of their strategic plan. Clearly part of the “strategic planning” for this event involved keeping Church Militant as far away as possible.

The next morning we were handing out fliers to some delegates, which simply said save the Church and make sure evangelization involves speaking the hard truths. Again, the security team, this time many of them, were chasing us down and ordering us to not hand out anything to anyone. At one point, they even told us we can’t even speak to any of the delegates.

Now, as you might imagine, we were a little taken aback that the Church of Nice, which is all about dialogue and tolerance demonstrated neither to us. I can’t understand why we keep getting thrown out of events, even threatened to have the sheriffs called on us. Yates and his gang, with their strategic plan to prevent Catholics from speaking to fellow Catholics about the need to properly address the crisis in the Catholic Church, got hotel security in on the act. They came over and said the convocation people were feeling “harassed” by us, and we needed to stop talking with whoever would willingly stop and chat with us or they’d call the sheriffs. They were very cordial, just doing their job, at the request of course of the Robert Yates goon squad put in place by the bishops’ conference.

The idiocy of this running off a group of Catholics talking about evangelization — like it’s North Korea — is ridiculous on its face. And they wonder why so many leave the Church. The hilarious aspect of all this is that the theme of the convocation is “The Joy of the Gospel in America.” They simply can’t stop yammering on about how joyful they are until Church Militant shows up and wants a serious dialogue, then all the smiles go away.

And here is the heart of the matter. That a conference like this, with the bill largely footed by the social justice agents in the Church, would be happening at all completely overlooks the reality. The crisis in the Church is not owing to a lack of joy and evangelization but a lack of catechesis.

The night before we arrived, a somewhat well-known blogger, who is speaking at the conference, started screaming at us on our website, saying we were mean and all that nonsense and that we cause division and so forth. He said we hold on to our pet topics of abortion, same-sex marriage and sacrilegious Holy Communion and need to let them go — that they aren’t the most important things. He said they have no place at a conference on evangelization, which should be about joy. And in a roundabout way, he proved our point. We’ve been saying for weeks that a conference on evangelization, without addressing the horrible state of catechesis, is pointless.

This convocation is pointless because it completely ignores the actual crisis. In fact, it sidesteps the hard work that needs to be done, talking about the Cross, and makes it all easy — just babble on about how much joy you have. People are not going to give up their sexual immorality because you’re telling them how much more joyful they will be without their pornography.

Every survey and poll conducted in the past three years shows that the young leave the Church because they think none of it makes sense, and the cuture has more solid explanations — more logical. You know, love wins — equality, coexist and all that. Schools explain those things to them, and without a logical counter argument from the storehouses of Catholic glory, they leave the Church. That’s why this utter nonsense of placing your bets on appealing to emotion and not the intellect will be the death knell for the Church in America.

We are at a crucial, last-chance crossroads. Every social indicator there is says the Church is about to completely implode in the next five to ten years. Even enough of the leaders understand that. It’s why they are having this conference, in spite of its incorrect solution to the real problem. They recognize the impending doom. The problem is the Church of Nice is going the easy route and not preaching the Cross. And having cast their lot this way, they will reap what they have sown.

There will be no reversal of the current crisis, no mass conversions to the Faith, no steady rebuilding. They have made an incorrect diagnosis and written a prescription for the wrong disease. The sad note is, with a little self-honesty and biting the bullet, it might have been very different.

Get AQ Email Updates

7 comments on “THE CHURCH OF NICE (AND EASY)

  1. A Church Militant followup to the above Vortex: A free Download: EVENT CATHOLICISM:The Church of Nice doesn’t get it: Available only at that link, not yet any embeddable video, downloadable audio or transcript

  2. Posted by TTC on Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Wanted Posters of Whistleblowers

    You know how we have joked around that the diocese circulates wanted posters of whistleblowers?

    The joke is on us!

    This was circulated at this week’s USCCB Convocation of Catholic Crybabies:


    “BOLO”, “Be on the lookout”.


    But…wait…wasn’t this a convocation that required humility to hear the anguish of ALL voices?

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is staging a major convocation of laity, clergy and religious in Orlando over the July 4 holiday. Carolyn Woo, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services, says if the gathering’s to be effective, it will require the humility to include the voices of all, including those who’ve been hurt by the Church.

    But the USCCB is incapable of “humility” and the convocation was not open to hearing the voices of “all”.

    In preparation for this gathering, I call to mind the voices and anguish of a few people.

    One is a good friend, a woman in her seventies..Her disappointment is not focused on the issue of women’s ordination, but more with the brushing away of women’s voices, cold shoulders to women’s desire to participate in decision-making, and the utilization of women’s labor but not their thoughts or voices.

    Second is a young man in his late twenties, well-schooled in the study of theology with a Bachelor and Masters in the field. He is re-thinking his vocation as a faculty member in Catholic high schools.He is aware that some of his students are gay, or wrestling with their sexual identity… who needed to know where the Church would meet them and whether they are loved for who they are..He felt that his students deserved more than just an articulation of Church teaching.

    The third person who comes to mind..But he was advised that any efforts that support gay people, including this anti-violence initiative, can be scandalous to the Church, equivalent to calling something evil good…He had to reconcile the Gospel message of God’s love for all with this exclusion.

    It was a gathering of the ‘few’ old sea hags and gays in the pews who drone on and on, ad nauseam, with the same old tired character assassinations of Church teaching.

    What about the people who feel anguish every time we are held hostage to voices telling wounded people the Church excludes them?

    It is dishonest and dishonorable for the USCCB to say they want to hear the voices of ALL and then create wanted posters of people they intend to exclude. And the Pope is no better.

    The bishops keep saying they want to stop people from thinking the Church hates women and gays but continuously sponsor events that tell people the Church hates women and gays.

    The stupidity is exasperating.

  3. [Another on the wanted poster at the USCCCP Convocation]

    They don’t want you to know what they’re up to!

    Michael Hichborn
    Lepanto Institute

    Want to see something OUTRAGEOUS?

    And by “outrageous,” I mean “awesome”?

    The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) just closed its Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida. From all outward appearances, it seemed like a rather innocuous event, but apparently the USCCB had something to hide. How do I know?

    Because, even though I have NEVER done a single thing to try to disrupt a USCCB event, the USCCB placed my mug on a poster, labeling me a “potential protester or disruptor.” This poster was displayed on the Convocation bulletin board telling folks that they should “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) for me (upper right hand corner) …


    Now, why would the USCCB be so deeply concerned about my presence that they would be willing to accuse me of “potential” protest or disruption?

    The answer is simple … the personnel at the USCCB doesn’t want me poking around in their activities. And with good reason. Every time we look under the rocks at the USCCB, we find all kinds of things they don’t want to have exposed.

    For instance … remember when we exposed the fact that the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services sent a join-letter to Congress, asking them for billions of your tax-dollars to fund two government agencies that are 100% committed to the spread of contraception? Even though the official word from the USCCB was that their requests were in line with Church teaching, it didn’t take long before we, working with supporters like you, were able to expose their lie for what it was.

    The USCCB wasn’t too pleased when we discovered that the Director of Programs at the its pet-project, Catholic Climate Covenant, was involved with the pro-abortion organization Emily’s List and actively supported same-sex “marriage.”

    And I’m sure you can imagine the howling that went on in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development offices when we reported that an organization they gave $70,000 to was marching in a Homosexual Pride Parade.

    In short, the USCCB didn’t want us there because of the diligence and effectiveness of our investigations. If we weren’t being effective, the USCCB wouldn’t put my face on a Wanted Poster and Archbishop Coakley would never have said:

    “we have heard of a number of pastors across the country refusing to participate in CRS programs, including CRS Rice Bowl, because of Lepanto reports. This means that Michael Hichborn and his Lepanto Institute are prevailing.”

    That’s why this wanted poster is so awesome!

    It simply would not exist if we weren’t having the right effect.

    • To be proud of.

      20+ years ago, the moms of Mothers’ Watch, who exposed the classroom sex-ed the bishops were foisting on kids,would try to corner those temples of effeminacy at their meetings. Some would run away, some would even try to hide.

      It’ll likely take a cataclysm or another 100 years to purge the pinko fags and fems from the hierarchy.

  4. [Video finally published in embeddable form]

    The Vortex—The Church of Nice (And Easy)

    Church Militant
    Published on Jul 6, 2017

  5. Another Church Militant followup to the above Vortex: A free Download: THE FAILING CHURCH: A last-ditch attempt misses the mark: Available only at that link, not yet any embeddable video, downloadable audio or transcript

  6. “Save the Church” flier that the USCCB blocked CM crew from handing out at Convocation



    Hell is real and humans go there.
    (Jesus Christ, Matthew 25)

    Besides His divinity, Jesus spoke of nothing more.
    (Ven. Abp. Fulton J. Sheen, Life of Christ)

    The Western post-Christian civilization has picked up the Christ without His Cross. But a Christ without a sacrifice that reconciles the world to God is a cheap, feminized, colourless, itinerant preacher who deserves to be popular for His great Sermon on the Mount, but also merits unpopularity for what He said about His Divinity on the one hand, and divorce, judgment, and hell on the other. This sentimental Christ is patched together with a thousand commonplaces, sustained sometimes by academic etymologists who cannot see the Word for the letters, or distorted beyond personal recognition by a dogmatic principle that anything which is Divine must necessarily be a myth. Without His Cross, He becomes nothing more than a sultry precursor of democracy or a humanitarian who taught brotherhood without tears.


    Pray Mass facing East (ad orientem)
    (Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium)

    End the practice of Holy Communion in the hand
    (Bl. Pope Paul VI, Memoriale Domini)


    Contraception is intrinsically evil
    (Bl. Pope Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae)

    Those in “irregular unions” must be barred from Holy Communion
    (Pope St. John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio)

    Homosexual acts violate divine law
    (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Persona Humana)


    Preach the need of frequent confession for forgiveness
    (Pope St. John Paul II, Reconciliato et Paenitentia)

    The first conviction is that for a Christian the sacrament of penance is the primary way of obtaining forgiveness and the remission of serious sin committed after baptism. … According to the Church’s intention, it was and is meant to stir up in each one of us a new impulse toward the renewal of our interior attitude; toward a deeper understanding of the nature of the sacrament of penance; toward a reception of the sacrament which is more filled with faith, not anxious but trusting; toward a more frequent celebration of the sacrament which is seen to be completely filled with the Lord’s merciful love.

    Pray the Rosary daily
    (Queen of Heaven, Fatima, 1917)

Leave a Reply