Friday, 6 March 2015

Success has many fathers and Michael Voris is one of them

While I don't wish to be overly-dramatic, please pardon your blogger for a few moments if it seems to be the case. 

On that fateful Shrove Tuesday when I sat at lunch and an email came across my smart phone with the subject "Letter for Domet," it seemed that time stood still and since then, it has been an exhausting process. I was being threatened with a lawsuit by a Catholic priest. This was not the first time that a lawsuit has been a priority for the priest or for Salt + Light. A few years ago a Toronto based Chinese Catholic apostolate was also in their sites. As my friend John Pacheco at the Catholic Legate said that afternoon, "David, if you're a good poker player you can win, 'cause that's the game you're playing now!" 

I sent the letter from Fogler, Rubinoff LLC to a few friends that day and one of them apparently forwarded it on to Michael Voris of St. Michael's Media and Church Militant TV. I had met Michael in 2011; he visited Kitchener, Ontario to speak at a dinner in honour of "Real Men" on the Solemnity of St. Joseph my Confirmation Patron and the example for every real man. 

That letter must have been an embarrassment. It was insisted in the second letter back from the law firm to us where the threat to sue was quite clear and where even more demands were placed before us one of which was that the link to the letter be removed from this blog. 

Well it was sent to me as a gift, it is my choice to do what I want with it and now it is the gift that keeps on giving. If it proves embarrassing, so be it; the pain and suffering that my wife went through these last two weeks is gross and disgusting - I think a little embarrassment can be handled. Besides, had this gone to the discovery stage, a lot of other "letters" would have become public. Perhaps in the future, big expensive law firms will think twice about picking on a little guy with an obscure blog; well, it was obscure.

That evening at home with my wife after dinner, reading the threat of the lawsuit and consoling her the telephone rang; it was Michael Voris. He had been given the letter by an "anonymous source" and wanted to report on it. I agreed and set up the computer for the Skype interview. The next day, he uploaded the video just before I went to sing the Holy Mass for Ash Wednesday. Three hours later, upon returning home, my computer was overheating from being in overdrive!

I was astounded at what was happening - Tweets, Emails, Facebook, Blogs - the Catholic faithful that evening and the next day woke up to an injustice not just against me but to themselves and even to you reading this now.

What would this "obscure" blogger have done without Michael Voris?

I knew instinctively what was going to happen because of that letter. I would not have had a chance trying to mount a defense alone and without the resources, I would have been pilloried and then hanged, drawn and quartered by the law firm and those who were financing them (though now we are told that it was "for good"). There was no way for me to find a way out without the funds and there was no way to raise the funds without publicity and without you and thousands of others knowing what was happening. The offers were humbling.

Could this be really happening? Was the Court of Star Chamber reconstituted? ; I thought for sure as one holy cleric wrote to me that "the inquisition is past!"

Michael Voris, Christine Niles and the staff at Church Militant TV stepped in and through the grace of God, the intercession of Our Lady and the courage given them by St. Michael the Archangel, became my rescuers. The journalistic professionalism and their devotion to the truth was a great consolation for my wife and myself as was the charity and compassion for the situation. Michael Voris put his resources at my disposal, whatever was needed in terms of getting the word out there, to help me and my wife from losing our home and facing bankruptcy in order to fight this frivolous and vexatious action, was offered. We were suddenly not alone in this fight. Our Lady has sent us a Catholic militant!

No other Catholic media source could have done what Michael Voris and the staff of Church Militant TV did for me and my wife. Through the grace of God, they rescued us in our time of need.

I fear to even start to name the other bloggers alerted to our dilemma by Voris lest I leave any of you out but you all know who you are. I was and remain overwhelmed with what you all did for me and my wife. I shout out to all of you in Canada in the United States and in England and in Poland, in Ireland and in Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium and our Hispanic colleagues in Central America and South America and in Brazil - and to that little donkey blog in Spain along the Camino that had only 30 hits per day and now has 800! I must also shout out to Frank Walter and the gang at Pewsitter. I must say though, I am terrible disappointed that Crux News finally weighed in only to delete the comment calling me a "nut" - I'd considered it a badge of honour! All of you did something incredible for me and the truth. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. God love you. God bless you. May Our Lady watch over you and St. Michael protect you. I am truly overwhelmed at what you did when the watchman shouted from the ramparts.

Someone said to me the other day that this situation is "one for the history books" and he was not joking. Well, I don't know about that but what I do know is this - the work being done and the war being waged to trap and expose the "lies and falsehoods" by Michael Voris and Church Militant TV is vital for the future of Church. There is literally no other vehicle in the English-speaking world to confront the rot and filth that has undermined the faith so directly and so instantaneously. If not for Voris' work, would you have known about my predicament and the unjust attempt to silence me and put me into bankruptcy - to deny me of my constitutional and canonical rights and duties - a gross attempt at censorship? If not for Church Militant TV would you know of the homo-mafia and fascist attack on Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in San Francisco or the shameful behaviour of Toronto Basilian priest Timothy Scott and his Tweet to Cardinal Burke to STFU? I mention only these now because they are recent, the list of past revelations is out there. 

Without a doubt, amongst the most important work that Voris and Church Militant TV undertook was at the Synod last October. Oh yes, there were other journalists there to be sure, but none but Voris had the depth of theological and ecclesial-politico understanding and secular media savvy combined with the near instant ability to send out video reports through a network with global reach. He knew what questions to ask and when to ask them and to whom to ask them and he knew how to get these nearly instantly into our hands. He is our correspondent!

Michael Voris and Church Militant TV are in there fighting for Our Blessed Lord and His Holy Catholic Church. They are fighting for the Truth and they are fighting for you and they deserve your support and the support of  your friends.

Michael, Christine, Matt and our most dear friend with whom we have shared much and all of you at Church Militant TV ; thank you from Frankie, or Frenchie as Michael would say, and myself and from Roxy for what you did for us and for the Church. We thank you and you are in our prayers and all of you are close to our hearts and we are honoured to call you, friends.

God love you. Ego sum Vox Cantoris!


Dorota said...

I am one of those people who learned about your ordeal watching a Church Militant you-tube episode. When I accidentally discovered the "militant" project of Michael Voris, I was very moved and uplifted. I had no idea there was a remnant of faithful Catholics in North America. I was convinced that the dignity, depth and beauty of the faith where nowhere to be found. There are also all those closed up old churches, like the ones I saw in Montreal during a visit paid my daughter, dark and empty or transformed in commercial enterprises.

Talking about a remnant brings my thoughts to "The Remnant" and Matt's disagreement with Michael. It relates to Michael's report on the machinations during the last synod, and the clear message Cardinal Burke sent to the faithful. It was disappointing to see Michael making apologies for telling the truth soon after.

I admit now - there probably was wisdom in that decision, though it runs against my natural sincerity (I and my siblings absorbed it in my parents' devoutly Catholic home every day of our young lives). Sincerity married to charity makes things so good and simple, even if painful, I would/could never abandon it. But now I can sincerely say that although initially I was resolved to wean myself of "The Church Militant", I kept going back for some news from the front. After all, it is not against the Word of God to be clever as foxes.

I love them both - The Church Militant and The Remnant. Hopefully one day they can both appreciate the other's stance.

I am probably more grateful than you can imagine, for having found all of you, and it started for me with Michael Voris.

Barona said...

God bless and love both you and Frankie. May Our Lady continue to be your protection and strength.

To Michael, Christine and devoted workers for the Lord: may Our Lady embrace you all into Her Immaculate Heart.

Pedro Erik Carneiro said...

You and your family deserve all support, David. And Voris and CMTV deserved your letter.

God bless all.

J said...

Voris made a great job. God bless him.

By the way...i came to know The Remnant a couple years ago because of Michael Voris. And I understood Michael Matt´s point because I had followed Real CatholicTV before. It was like an introduction. Now I am a fan of both. Think they should have a beer together. That situation is sad.

Roke said...

Mr. Domet,

Lenten blessings upon your beloved (who bears the name of my grandmother) and you. Having no trust in the words of putative plaintiffs and their legal representatives; and having some successful experience litigating against them in the U.S., I continue to offer my assistance as well as $5,000 in defense of any claims brought by Father Rosica or purported Catholic entities seeking defamation claims against you.

Rest well, my unknown friend. This will not stand now or in the future.

Anonymous said...

All of us in the Catholic Laity appreciate what Michael Voris and CMTV do to keep us informed.

To the folk at Pewsitter, Rorate Caeli,
Eponymous Flower, Vox Cantor, in fact all Catholic websites, I personally owe a debt of gratitude.
Each of you help each of us.

May God protect the God work of you all.

TC said...

This has been a fascinating story to follow, especially as a fellow Canadian, and I've been praying for you from the start (albeit naming you in prayer as the Vox Cantoris guy, lol).

A few things have become evident to me these past couple weeks:

--We must pray for our bishops and priests here in Canada. It's crucial. Vital. Something's gravely amiss here and sick.

--We must pray...daily...for Michael Voris and his Church Militant apostolate. He will now be a bigger target than before. The enemy has just been put on notice how far Michael's reach has grown.

--We must pray constantly for our Pope with love and fidelity. He is in very turbulent waters. I have faith that with the help of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis can suddenly rise, flip the tables and overcome the enemy within the Church and set things right. With God, all things are possible.

Unknown said...

... ChurchMilitant TV, one of the few voices out there willing to stand up to the left-wing establishment in our Church.

Unknown said...

I love what Voris/CMTV does and represents and am glad they were able to help you out. The sheer fact they don't support organizations like "The Renmant" is a huge plus, because groups that continually spew "SSPX" this, "Neo" that, etc., should always be avoided. I've personally sponsored Mr. Voris at my parish before, and I'm scheduled to have him here again. Good job CMTV!

susan said...

God bless you good man! I am SO glad all turned out the way it did....light was shone upon the snakes, and God's justice was done for the innocent. Keep up the mighty, good work! are playing with the 'bg boys' now :)

Marie said...

David, I'm happy for you and your family. Have a blessed Lent.

Anonymous said...

Michael Voris is a treasure. He speaks the TRUTH. I consider him a theologian of the highest order. If the average priest possessed the knowledge, conviction and decency of Voris, the Church would be in good hands, indeed. Godspeed, Michael.

Ann said...

I've heard bits and pieces of this story but just now read this post and put together all the details. It's disgraceful any priest would do this to a fellow Catholic. I have seen vicious legal shenanigans between fellow parishioners (which also is inexcusable) but never a priest initiating the action! I'm impressed with how Michael Voris and team quickly and decisively gave you the support you deserved, and I hope you continue blogging for a long time to come!!!

Vox Cantoris said...

Thank you Ann; thank you all!