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Church Militant Founder Michael Voris Resigns After 'Morality Clause' Violation

The founder and head of Church Militant, Michael Voris resigns after 'morality clause' violation. At the time this story was written, specifics about the same thing were not available online.

Bernard Horne
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The founder and head of ChurchMilitant, MichaelVoris resigns after 'morality clause'violation. At the time this story was written, specifics about the same thing were not available online. But co-host Christine Niles said on social media that she told the board about his "troubling" behavior, which made him quit.
In his official biography, Michael Voris talks about how he quit as president of St. Michael's Media and ChurchMilitant, a business he started in Michigan to deal with "the serious erosion of the Catholic faithin the last 50 years."

Michael Voris Resigns Because Of The 'Morality Clause'

Michael Voris wearing a blue suit
Michael Voris wearing a blue suit
In a surprising turn of events, Michael Voris, the founder of the conservative Catholic website Church Militant, has resigned from the organization following a breach of the group's morality clause. The announcement was made through a press release published on Tuesday, November 21, by Church Militant, also known as St. Michael’s Media.
According to the release, the board of Church Militanthas requested Voris's resignation, and it has been accepted. While the departure of the founder is described as a "shock," the release does not provide specific details about how Voris violated the morality clause. The board has opted not to disclose the private matters surrounding Voris's departure, stating that,
The apostolate will be praying for him, and kindly ask that you do the same.- Church Militant
Voris, in a video posted on social media, expressed remorse without delving into the specific reasons for his resignation.
Sometimes it takes very horrible events, even at your own hand, in your lifeto surface certain things that need to be faced. There are some very, very ugly truths from my past that I, for essentially 62 years, have avoided facing because... I wanted them resolved, but I understand that touching that pain is going to be a very horrible thing.- Michael Voris
The exit of Michael Voris signifies a significant shift for Church Militant, which has been known for its controversial and strongly right-wing Catholic rhetoric. The organization has faced criticism from church leaders in the past, including a directive from the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2011 to change its original name, "Real Catholic TV," due to a lack of authorization to identify or promote itself as Catholic.
Church Militant has also come under fire for making derogatory remarks about then-Archbishop Wilton Gregory, now a cardinal, with the comments widely condemned as both homophobic and racist. The website has consistently criticized the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, hosting protests and calling for cuts to government funding for bishop-run programs aiding immigrants.
Michael Voris has been a prominent figure in the public persona of Church Militant, hosting the web show "The Vortex" and actively participating in the organization's events. Known for his outspoken criticism of LGBTQ rights campaigns, Voris revealed in 2016 that he had previously lived a lifeof "lived a life of live-in relationships with homosexual men"but claimed to have changed his views after a "reversion to the faith."
Over the years, Voris has associated with controversial figures, including far-right agitator Milo Yiannopoulos. Voris, serving as Yiannopoulos's spiritual adviser, facilitated the latter's involvement with Church Militant before their eventual parting. Voris also conducted an interview with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, known for her Christiannationalist views, with whom he shared controversial sentiments about Catholic bishops aiding immigrants being influenced by "Satan controlling the church."
The resignation of Michael Voris marks a pivotal moment for Church Militant, raising questions about the future direction of the organization and its approach to controversial topics within the Catholic community.

Final Words

The organization said that the founder of the controversial conservative Catholic website Church Militant quit because he broke the group's morality rule.
It was a "shock" when Church Militant's CEO resigned, but the release didn't say how Voris had broken the morality clause. It only said that the board "has chosen not to disclose Michael's private matters to the public."
The outlet has become known for controversy and strongly right-wing Catholic rhetoric. The founder's exit is a big change for the organization. Church leaders have turned down its message for a long time: According to the Archdiocese of Detroit, the group "lacked the authorization required under Church law to identify or promote itself as Catholic."
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