26 August 2011


I. Previously in Theometrika 1 searches were performed at the CCCB site to ascertain the frequency usage of commonly used Catholic-related words/phrases for whatever text issued from Star Chamber headquarters. As it turned out, not unexpectedly, the linguistics were skewed to more leftist/bureaucratic sprechen. Orthodox-inclined words/phrases, be they related to Church teaching and moral/life matters came in a clear second place. Remember people, Conciliarism is existent therein to which SV2 lefty language is part and parcel and things aren't changing anytime soon. Excluding a pan-Canadian episcopal dismissal ordered by Cardinal Ouellet, or a rapid 100 km shift in the North American continental plate, it's business as usual in Ottawa. Accordingly, the miters must still be rattled so as to wake up the boys from their apostatic slumber. Judging by the recent past (e.g. CCODP abortion scandal), rattling would seem a futile undertaking. Still, it's worth a try. Anyhow, I like to annoy people. It's a lot of fun.

II. The same type of analysis is effected in this post except that the spotlight is on the Canadian Catholic MSM. Before we get going, let's assign some acronyms for simplicity's sake: WCR=Western Catholic Reporter, BCC=B.C. Catholic, CR=Catholic Register, PM=Prairie Messenger, SL=Salt and Light Media, CI=Catholic Insight.[1] Regarding the latter, Fr. de Valk and his team at CI are not members of the club because of the periodical's straightforward orthodoxy. Yet it is included for comparison purposes. It wouldn't even be much of a stretch to assume CI to be a benchmark or "standard" as it is Catholic orthodoxy per se which we are attempting to gauge for this exercise in phraseological metrics. Professional Catholics likely would disagree with this assumption, and quite vehemently I might add. Too bad. The big guys all regularly mention one another or will in some way or another link to each other's websites, but to the exclusion of CI, which speaks voluminously. Nonetheless, facts are facts and there's nothing like the cold, harsh jolt of numerical reality to again demonstrate that the aggiornamento commencing circa 1965 has worked against authentic Catholicity, let alone being a multi-decadal fiasco. Justifiably, it could now be argued that with the last few sentences judgment has been pronounced prior to exploratory data analysis. Granted. However, the first two paragraphs of this post were written after the numbers were crunched so yours truly already knows the results.
III. The internal search engine at the CCCB was employed for Theometrika 1. This time a Google "exact phrase" search was used to scan particular urls of BCC, WCR, PM, CR, SL and CI. Both heterodox-inclined (left, liberal, bureaucratic) and orthodox-inclined (traditional Church teaching, moral/life issues) words/phrases are respectively grouped in notes [2] and [3] for the reader's perusal. The words/phrases selected are the mostly the same as in Theometrika 1 save the removal of some generic words, so to speak, which could go "either way" as they are often evoked by both sides (these words are God, Jesus, Mary, family, love, hate, mercy). The first part of this analysis involves frequency counts, subdivided into the following five categories: (i) Greater Than 1000 Mentions, (ii) 501 to 1000 Mentions, (iii) 101 to 500 Mentions, (iv) 51 to 100 Mentions, and (v) Less Than or Equal To 50 Mentions. The websites for BCC, WCR, PM, CR, SL and CI vary as to their textual content so total numbers will vary widely from website to website. This is why it is also important to consider percentages of one word/phrase group relative to another. Moreover, the Mann-Whitney U-Test (described below) is another tool that can be utilized to check if differences between word/phrase group frequencies are statistically significant. As before, word/phrase context and website logistics will influence results. However, this is somewhat compensated for as six separate sites are analyzed. More on this later. The searches were performed on August 20.
IV. Right. Let's begin. We start on the West Coast...

Greater Than 1000 Mentions: None apply.
501 to 1000 Mentions: 101 to 500 Mentions: None apply.
101 to 500 Mentions: government (229), schools (181), education (176), rights (175), poor (153), pro-life (127), Rosary (125), meeting (120), poverty (103).
51 to 100 Mentions: abortion (97), commission (95), committee (94), euthanasia (88), document (82), health care (81), social justice (77), environment (70), dialogue (68), economic (64), report (62), pro-abortion (59), same sex (52).

Less Than or Equal To 50 Mentions:
crime (44), refugee (41), session (40), immigration (37), aboriginal (36), interfaith (29), administration (26), United Nations (25), morality (25), economy (23), slavery (23), structures (22), ecumenism (21), catechism (21), publication (20), morals (20), chastity (18), life issues (16), Magisterium (14), homosexual (9), right to life (9), motherhood (9), contraception (8), unions (6), gay (6), climate change (5), devotions (5), fatherhood (4), racism (3), NFP (2), fetal (2), global warming (1), stem cell (1), papal authority (1), heretic (1), cloning (0), RU-486 (0), Winnipeg Statement (0).

It is refreshing to see the inclusion of "pro-life" and "Rosary" in the most mentioned category. Still, they didn't beat "rights" and "education". In the 51-to-100 category, life/moral words do okay, but so does "committee" and "social justice". The Less-Than-50 category seems a hodgepodge, yet leftoid words are still the most mentioned therein. I've always been undecided about the loyalty of BCC. It's a long-running periodical (established 1931) but the overall low frequency count suggests that not much content has been uploaded. Note well that the Archdiocese of Vancouver insignia is plastered on the website's header for all to see, so we can make a reasonable guess as to what's happening over there in terms of chancery office influence. Working with the content we do have, the total mentions for all the words/phrases used here is equal to 2951. Of these, 2232 word/phrases are left/bureaucratic-inclined with 719 being traditional/moral-inclined, corresponding to a 76% : 24% split in favour of the former. Interesting.
Eastward to Alberta...

Greater Than 1000 Mentions: catechism (9100), government (2060), poor (1860), education (1830), schools (1690), rights (1310), meeting (1270), poverty (1040).
501 to 1000 Mentions: abortion (946), committee (917), economic (914), environment (749), report (696), commission (668), health care (654), social justice (647), dialogue (628), pro-life (537).
101 to 500 Mentions: Rosary (492), document (460), same sex (412), aboriginal (366), economy (359), morality (358), session (317), administration (296), crime (292), euthanasia (292), United Nations (257), gay (233), structures (230), publication (229), homosexual (204), chastity (204), interfaith (190), unions (183), ecumenism (178), immigration (174), right to life (162), slavery (152), refugee (145), contraception (133), pro-abortion (132), climate change (119).
51 to 100 Mentions: morals (100), global warming (95), life issues (92), stem cell (92), Magisterium (75), cloning (71), devotions (69), racism (65), motherhood (61), fetal (53).
Less Than or Equal To 50 Mentions: fatherhood (36), RU-486 (12), heretic (11), NFP (10), papal authority (9), Winnipeg Statement (5).
The greatest number of mentions (more than 1000) are clearly left/bureaucratic. Like the BCC results, "rights" and "education" frequencies rank high. The anomaly here is "catechism", ringing in at a spectacular 9100 mentions (on August 20). If you check the Google site search for this word, there seems to be an inordinate number of links to a series of articles on the catechism by WCR's editor. Also, frequency counts include links to WCRs old site (recently given a facelift). The word "abortion" is mentioned 946 times and "pro-life" 537 times for the 501-to-1000 category, yet the greater remainder of word/phrases lean left-bureaucratic. The total mentions for all the words/phrases used here is equal to 34941. Of these, 21040 word/phrases are left/bureaucratic-inclined with 13901 being traditional/moral-inclined, corresponding to a 60% to 40% split, respectively. If the anomalous "catechism" is removed, the split becomes 81% : 19%. Interesting.
Time now to set course for the Flatlands...

Greater Than 1000 Mentions: None apply.
501 to 1000 Mentions: None apply.
101 to 500 Mentions: government (349), rights (347), education (268), poor (232), schools (214), meeting (209), dialogue (193), committee (167), report (163), poverty (154), abortion (154), environment (125), commission (121), economic (116), health care (102), document (101).
51 to 100 Mentions: crime (99), pro-life (86), aboriginal (80), social justice (80), session (79), gay (71), ecumenism (62), euthanasia (59), same sex (58), morality (58), interfaith (56), United Nations (54), publication (45).

Less Than or Equal To 50 Mentions:
Rosary (44), immigration (41), administration (38), economy (37), refugee (33), catechism (33), pro-abortion (32), structures (31), racism (29), homosexual (29), chastity (24), life issues (23), climate change (21), slavery (21), contraception (21), unions (19), morals (15), Magisterium (12), right to life (11), stem cell (10), motherhood (10), global warming (8), devotions (8), cloning (4), fetal (3), fatherhood (2), heretic (1), papal authority (0), RU-486 (0), NFP (0), Winnipeg Statement (0).

No surprise here. Remember: Novocaine Pete is in charge of this operation. He's really into dissent n'stuff. Most of the most mentions are left/bureaucratic-inclined. The category of least mentioned are dominated by moral/life issue words. The total mentions for all the words/phrases is equivalent to 4462. Of these, 3694 word/phrases are left/bureaucratic-inclined with 768 being traditional/moral-inclined, corresponding to a 83% : 17% split. Like I said, no surprise.
Our final destination is Toronto...

Greater Than 1000 Mentions: None apply.
501 to 1000 Mentions: report (860), poor (808), meeting (806), government (496).

101 to 500 Mentions:
dialogue (463), education (453), pro-life (434), schools (388), abortion (379), poverty (335), rights (332), economic (326), document (304), chastity (267), Rosary (266), commission (248), immigration (234), committee (229), life issues (227), euthanasia (217), catechism (179), environment (175), session (171), structures (171), ecumenism (153), health care (139), crime (125), United Nations (121), stem cell (121), interfaith (113), fatherhood (110), economy (106).

51 to 100 Mentions: social justice (99), pro-abortion (99), morals (96), slavery (93), morality (88), devotions (88), publication (85), administration (80), refugee (66), right to life (61), same sex (60), motherhood (54).

Less Than or Equal To 50 Mentions:
climate change (46), aboriginal (41), homosexual (41), contraception (41), Magisterium (35), gay (23), unions (22), global warming (19), NFP (14), racism (8), cloning (5), fetal (5), heretic (5), papal authority (1), Winnipeg Statement (1), RU-486 (0).

The highest mention category (101-to-500) has no traditional wordings, just bureaucracy stuff. There seems to be a particular fascination with the word "report". The 101-to-500 category has life issue words, though note that "social justice" ranks equally with "pro-abortion". The total mentions for all the words/phrases is 2951. Of these, 2232 word/phrases are left/bureaucratic-inclined with 768 being traditional/moral-inclined, corresponding to a 76% : 24% split. Very interesting. Even more interesting is a separate search analysis conducted by the author. The word "Rosica" was found to only occur 40, 10 and 5 times at WCR, PM and CI, respectively. However, it popped up at a significantly higher 485 times at BCC and 286 times at CR. The explanation for this discrepancy? Likely it relates to the fact that, unlike WCR, PM and CI, only BCC and CR have Salt and Light video streams embedded at their websites. So there is a special friendship with those two. The data also show that, at the SL site, the word "Rosica" was mentioned 5840 times. "God" and "Jesus" scored lower, at 4310 and 3250 times, respectively. Sorry, couldn't help bringing that scrumptious factoid to light.

Greater Than 1000 Mentions: education (5590), rights (4870), government (3500), schools (2950), poor (2490), meeting (2080), abortion (1690), poverty (1640), pro-life (1500), report (1460), economic (1400), dialogue (1260), committee (1160), environment (1080), commission (1070).
501 to 1000 Mentions: social justice (850), euthanasia (805), health care (762), refugee (716), economy (679), United Nations (678), document (640), interfaith (624), same sex (590), Rosary (518), gay (508).

101 to 500 Mentions:
crime (478), immigration (458), aboriginal (453), session (361), morality (333), life issues (327), administration (314), publication (283), unions (282), climate change (278), homosexual (265), pro-abortion (262), catechism (255), ecumenism (236), structures (222), contraception (213), stem cell (211), right to life (203), chastity (193), morals (188), slavery (165), racism (151), motherhood (113).

51 to 100 Mentions: global warming (96), Magisterium (84), devotions (77), cloning (53).
Less Than or Equal To 50 Mentions: fetal (36), fatherhood (25), heretic (20), NFP (7), papal authority (6), Winnipeg Statement (5), RU-486 (0).
"Education" tops the list at a whopping 5590 (predictably), with "rights" and "government" not far behind. Most mentions, greater than 1000, are leftist-inclined. Out of 15 words/phrases, only two are traditionally-inclined, i.e. "pro-life" and "abortion". Like WCR, "global warming" at CR came in significantly at 96 (95 times at the former). The total mentions for all the words/phrases is 47763. Of these, 39276 word/phrases are left/bureaucratic-inclined with 8487 being traditional/moral-inclined, corresponding to a eyebrow raising 82% : 18% split at "Canada's Catholic News Source". This, too, is unsurprising considering the editorial board at CR.

Greater Than 1000 Mentions: abortion (1390), rights (1300), publication (1170), education (1150), government (1030).
501 to 1000 Mentions: homosexual (895), gay (801), schools (711), euthanasia (689), same sex (645), ecumenism (635), pro-life (632), report (510).
101 to 500 Mentions: document (475), pro-abortion (472), meeting (460), morality (458), contraception (417), commission (392), committee (352), poor (272), unions (264), dialogue (259), catechism (243), economic (223), United Nations (212), Magisterium (211), crime (204), environment (181), health care (160), morals (157), administration (143), poverty (142), social justice (142), chastity (115), right to life (114), structures (102), Winnipeg Statement (102).
51 to 100 Mentions: stem cell (97), economy (95), immigration (76), racism (71), slavery (63), Rosary (54).
Less Than or Equal To 50 Mentions: cloning (50), NFP (45), life issues (44), fetal (40), motherhood (37), refugee (29), fatherhood (25), interfaith (22), session (20), aboriginal (8), papal authority (8), devotions (6), heretic (5), climate change (4), RU-486 (4), global warming (2).
"Abortion" is the most mentioned for the assigned "standard" periodical in this analysis, but so are "rights", "education" and "government", as with the MSM remainder. Given this it could be argued that the similarity between CI's most mentioned and those at BCC, WCR, PM, SL and CR makes this analysis null and void. There may be some bearded baby boomers out there in cyberland rapturously gnashing their teeth at this result. Perhaps one of them is now yelling: "TH2, you smarmy schmuck, you condescending jackass, you... you... you irreverent rascal, you are massaging the data and manipulating results to fit a preconceived orthodox ideology". Not so fast, my hippie heretics. If we mine the data even deeper it is discovered that surface appearances are deceptive. Note that the total mentions for all the words/phrases is 18365. Of these, 10879 word/phrases are left/bureaucratic-inclined with 7486 being traditional/moral-inclined, corresponding to a 58% : 42% split. Note further that, unlike the Catholic MSM data, these percentages are more evenly distributed, i.e. approaching an equal division of 50% to 50%. One might even call them "balanced". Further substantiation of this point necessitates the production of some pretty pictures or eye candy or whatever the kids these days call graphs.
V. DATA VISUALIZATION. Below are a series of histograms evidencing the left-liberal bias in word/phrase usage by the Canadian Catholic MSM. Histograms with the red bars (on left side) denote left-bureaucratic words/phrases and those blue traditional-moral (on right side) for a specific website. The vertical axes are frequency counts and numbers on the horizontal axes correspond to the individual words/phrases discussed above (the so-called "bin"). For the BCC, WCR, PM, SL and CR histograms it is visually obvious that left-bureaucratic words/phrases are most frequently used. Yet it is also evident that the frequency counts between left-bureaucratic and traditional-moral words/phrases are more or less evenly distributed at CI. [Click on images to enlarge/clarify]

VI. MANN-WHITNEY U-TEST. Also known as the "Wilcoxian Rank Sum Test", this is a simple but effective statistical method to determine whether or not there is a significant difference between the medians of two data samples, in this case between the frequency counts of left-bureaucratic and traditional-moral words/phrases (the median is the "middle value" of a data set when numbers are ranked in order of magnitude). Mann-Whitney U-Test is a nonparametric test, meaning that it isn't limited by the characteristics of the population sample, such as being normally distributed (think "bell curve" shape in plotted data). The test can also be applied to groups with differing sample sizes. The Null Hypothesis (Ho) is that the samples are extracted from a common population and thus there should be no consistent difference in the medians between two sets of values (i.e. no bias). There are three possible Alternative Hypotheses (Ha) for this test (i.e. bias): (i) both samples come from populations with different mean ranks, (ii) both samples come from populations with different mean ranks, where the mean rank of X is greater than the mean rank of Y, or (iii) both samples come from populations with different mean ranks, where the mean rank of Y is greater than the mean rank of X. Here we are interested, as the above analysis attests, whether left-bureaucratic words/phrases are more frequently used than traditional-moral phrases, so one of the latter two Ha's are open to us. Procedures: (i) assign identifier (e.g. X, Y) to each sample from both groups, (ii) rank all the samples, (iii) put samples back in their original groups, and (iv) count rankings for both groups. Two equations are then used to calculate the U-statistic:

where, say, n1 is the number of traditional-moral words/phrases and n2 is the number of left-bureaucratic words/phrases.[5] R1 and R2 are the corresponding sums of the ranks. Calculated values (Ucalc) are then compared corresponding critical values (Ucrit) in a table. If Ucalc > Ucrit, then Ho is valid. Otherwise, if Ucalc < Ucrit then Ho is rejected and Ha becomes valid.
Here are the results:
BC Catholic: Ucalc = 140, which is less than Ucrit = 282 at the 5% level of significance (P=0.05), meaning that, with a 95% certainty, there is a statistically significant difference in the frequency usage between the two groups. Inference: biased toward left-bureaucratic words/phrases.

Western Catholic Reporter:
Ucalc = 110.5, which is less than Ucrit = 270 at the 5% level of significance (P=0.05), meaning that, with a 95% certainty, there is a statistically significant difference in the frequency usage between the two groups. Inference: biased toward left-bureaucratic words/phrases.

Prairie Messenger:
Ucalc = 96.5, which is less than Ucrit = 282 at the 5% level of significance (P=0.05), meaning that, with a 95% certainty, there is a statistically significant difference in the frequency usage between the two groups. Inference: biased toward left-bureaucratic words/phrases.

Salt + Light:
Ucalc = 184, which is less than Ucrit = 282 at the 5% level of significance (P=0.05), meaning that, with a 95% certainty, there is a statistically significant difference in the frequency usage between the two groups. Inference: biased toward left-bureaucratic words/phrases.

Catholic Register: Ucalc = 119, which is less than Ucrit = 282 at the 5% level of significance (P=0.05), meaning that, with a 95% certainty, there is a statistically significant difference in the frequency usage between the two groups. Inference: biased toward left-bureaucratic words/phrases.

Catholic Insight: Ucalc = 319, which is greater than Ucrit = 282 at the 5% level of significance (P=0.05), meaning that, with a 95% certainty, there is not a statistically significant difference in the frequency usage between the two groups. Inference: not biased toward either left-bureaucratic or traditional-moral words/phrases.

The statistical analysis above evidences that, for frequency counts of sampled words/phrases at the five main Canadian Catholic media outlets (BCC, WCR, PM, SL, CR), 76% to 83% of these were left/bureaucratic-inclined, leaving only 17% to 24% traditional/moral-inclined. In contrast, Catholic Insight showed a more balanced distribution, with 58% left/bureaucratic-inclined and 42% traditional-moral inclined. The reliability of these percentages was bolstered after application of the Mann-Whitney U-Test. It was also found that, regardless of website, the most mentioned words were "government", "education" and "rights". The least mentioned (if at all) were "cloning", "RU-486", "NFP", "papal authority" and "Winnipeg Statement", excepting at Catholic Insight which yielded a count of 102 for the latter (CI's highest overall mention was "abortion")
VIII. Like any such study, there are caveats. Legitimate questions would be: To what degree do the words/phrases reflect a specific subject of concern or a writer's bent to either orthodoxy or heterodoxy? To what degree are the word/phrases employed in this analysis representative of the contemporary Catholic lexicon? How does the Google search engine and related IT matters affect results? The search data are available above for anyone to use to explore these issues. That's what exploratory data analysis is all about... Right? But I think the results herein speak for themselves. Incidentally, click here to subscribe to Catholic Insight ;)

NOTES / REFERENCES 1. The Interim and LifeSite News were purposely excluded from this analysis since their prime focus is on life/family issues and that they do not necessarily define themselves as "Catholic". Recall: as an adjective the word "catholic" means universal, all-encompassing, wide variety, etc. 2. Heterodox-inclined words/phrases (left, liberal, bureaucratic): commission, document, dialogue, session, structures, immigration, education, publication, unions, administration, report, committee, crime, rights, government, interfaith, refugee, ecumenism, poverty, aboriginal, meeting, economic, economy, social justice, environment, poor, United Nations, health care, schools, racism, climate change, slavery, global warming. Sample size: n=33. 3. Orthodox-inclined words/phrases (traditional Church teaching, moral/life issues): abortion, catechism, homosexual, euthanasia, life issues, stem cell, right to life, Rosary, cloning, same sex, morality, contraception, morals, Magisterium, fatherhood, gay, pro-life, papal authority, RU-486, pro-abortion, chastity, devotions, motherhood, NFP, fetal, heretic, Winnipeg Statement. Sample size: n=27. 4. H.B. Mann and D.R. Whitney, "On a Test of Whether one of Two Random Variables is Stochastically Larger than the Other", The Annals of Mathematical Statistics, March 1947, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 50-60. A simpler description of the Mann-Whitney U-Test is given in D. Ebdon, Statistics in Geography (Oxford: Basil Blackford Incorporated, 1985), pp. 58-61. 5. A Ucrit table with sample sizes greater than 30 could not be found by author. Thus n=33 for left-bureaucratic words/phrases was reduced to n=30. The least 3 mentioned words per website were excluded from calculations, which turned out to be "global warming", "climate change", "racism", "unions" and "aboriginal". Also, the anomalous "catechism" was excluded when Mann-Whitney was applied to WCR (thus n=27 becomes n=26).
I like numbers. They're super duper !


16 August 2011


I. Well, no, Chiranjeevi and Ambika have not been "approved" by the officialdom to perform at World Youth Day in Madrid, starting today. However, considering what's been allowed to eventuate at previous WYDs, say like this in Toronto 2002, I wouldn't be surprised if some careerist ecumanianc manages to get a last minute booking for the two megastars. This isn't to slight Bollywood. It's a lot of fun, specifically the 70s to 80s action stuff, that is if you can withstand sensory overload for 2 to 3 hour durations. I've always been mesmerized by pagan cheese enhanced by high technology. Yes, that sounds condescending. I'm not denying that there's a dignity and a particular genius in it all. Many find it enjoyable. So there's something there. Anyhow, the high technology facilitating the production and broadcasting of paganism derives from a science Western in origin. Specifically, a Catholic origin during the Middle Ages. Just read Fr. Jaki's books. Highly recommended. Accordingly, it is good and acceptable to enjoy cheese once in a while.

II. Yet this blogger is one of those people who recoils at the oversaturated cheesiness of contemporary "Christian rock" music with its attendant irreverence, emotionalism and inauthentic "party transcendent" atmosphere, evidently occurrent at WYD's of the past. Give me Rush or Brahms anytime. There are times when I need to be secular and existentially immanent, you know. It's called "alone time", as the psychologists say. A little of Kierkegaard's "dialect of inwardness" is occasionally helpful (not for everyone, admittedly). And keep sacred music separate and sacred - organ and voice. Does anyone recall Matthew 22:21? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Heathens, pagan or Mohammedan, do not make the secular/sacred distinction. Notice the gaudy set design of the tacky masterpiece posted for your viewing pleasure. In that dance sequence Ambika portrays a goddess and Chiru is human. Hear how the Hindustani music intro segues into Western genres of the late 20th century. Pagans are expected to blur the two poles of the dualism into one. Catholics are not. Permission not granted. It is the law. Christian rock concerts and their associated events transgress this law. And for heaven's sake, at least dispose of those vomit-actuating acoustic guitars and tambourines during Mass or whatever devotion. You hippies can compensate by watching re-runs of The Partridge Family on some retro channel.

III. Presently, however, our concern is not with World Youth Day as an appropriate or even legitimate Catholic event. My opinion is that its whole rock concert format is conducive to all kinds of abuses, liturgical and otherwise. But that is altogether another debate. WYD Madrid is happening whether we like it or not, whether you approve of it or not. Speaking of "approve" - a word where our interest does lie, it appears that the luvvies at the USCCB and two allied organizations (names withheld, hint: Knights of Columbus, Salt and Light Media Foundation) do not approve of this guy:

That's quite a sword you're wielding there, Mike. Good for skewing heretics. Perhaps he brought it to Madrid just in case he meets up with (cough) the regulars. Anyway, take a gander at a recent noticia issued by the Madrid 2011 website:
It has come to our attention that Michael Voris, a US based media producer, is scheduled to offer independent catechesis sessions out of a hotel in Madrid during World Youth Day 2011. There has been some confusion regarding his affiliation with World Youth Day. Michael Voris, the clergy and the laity associated with him, and their media efforts "Real Catholic TV" and "No Bull in Madrid" are not in any way recognized or approved by World Youth Day 2011.
The "our attention" specifically means "some assistant to the Secretariat for Laity of the USCCB", according to the No Bull in Madrid website and, good grief, Voris and guests are to conduct their covert activities "out of a hotel". How classless, seedy, petit bourgeois. Haven't the important venues already been booked? My guess is that USCCB reps are now lavishing it up at the 5-star Hotel Ritz, Plaza de la Lealtad 5, 28014 Madrid, at pewsitter expense of course. "Vodka martinis for everyone! Let's party like it's 1969". Continuing:
Catechesis at World Youth Day is offered by Bishops of the Catholic Church in union with Pope Benedict XVI, who has invited the young people of the world to join him in Madrid for this celebration of faith and life. The Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity selects and invites Bishops, and only Bishops, from around the world to conduct Catechesis sessions at WYD in various languages.
The bishops may be "in union" with B16, though I have a hunch that there are some unified mainly by word, not necessarily deed. Big difference there. After decryption, the message reads that Voris and RCTV are somehow at odds with the Magisterium because, well, they aren't part of "the club". You know. Basically, the USCBB despises them for being stridently Catholic. Yup. That's about it. The high-flying representatives of Catholic mediocrity do not like to be upstaged by an orthodox upstart gaining in popularity. Onward:
Participants in the World Youth Day 2011 Cultural Program must be recognized and endorsed by the Bishops and Episcopal Conferences of their respective countries. Participants were selected for Cultural program by the World Youth Day organization in close collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Those groups participating in the World Youth Day 2011 Cultural Festival have been selected because, through their various activities, they promote the authentic teaching and unity of the Roman Catholic Church and have been endorsed by their local Bishop and Espiscopal conference. Michael Voris, "Real Catholic TV" and "No Bull in Madrid" did not receive such endorsement from their Bishop or Episcopal Conference.
For the USCCB to put "authentic teaching" and "Episcopal conference" in the same sentence is oxymoronic, if not laughable. If anything, episcopal conferences themselves have been responsible for inhibiting a return to authentic Catholicity. Pick any one of the following: setting up road blocks to Summorum Pontificum, tolerating heretics, inaction with respect to liturgical abuses galore, reluctantly implementing with the new missal, downplaying or ignoring moral/life issues, getting enraptured with 20th tier issues like "climate change" and anti-bottled water campaigns, and so forth ad nauseum.

IV. The main message is restated as the article concludes:
Michael Voris, "Real Catholic TV" and the program "No Bull in Madrid" are not accredited or recognized by World Youth Day 2011. World Youth Day Madrid 2011 invites and encourages all pilgrims attending this celebration of faith to visit the vast array of events that make up the official World Youth Day 2011 Cultural Festival and are endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the WYD organization and their respective Bishops conferences.
So why was RCTV not "approved"? It never applied for approval. So why was a single person/group anathematized, never before done in the whole 27-year history of World Youth Day? There are, let us say, certain sectors in the sphere of the professional Catholic class that feel threatened. So why weren't other groups - existent at past WYD's and antagonistic to orthodox Catholicism - singled out as unapproved by the USCCB? Because there is sympathy to dissent in the inner ranks.

V. The most striking aspect of the Madrid 2011 post was the number of times it emphasized the need for approval. In an article of just 329 words, six times was it mentioned: "not in any way recognized or approved", "must be recognized and endorsed", "have been endorsed", "did not receive such endorsement", "not accredited or recognized", "are endorsed". The repetitiveness is a giveaway. As Chiranjeevi so eloquently enunciated at the outset: "no no no no no no no no nooooo nooooo nooooo!" The whole thing backfired, of course. Afterward RCTV thanked "the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for drawing attention to our existence and scheduled contributions to the upcoming World Youth Day". A nice, lighthearted retort with a wink to the opponent. However, it's doubtful that smiles were reciprocated by the latte-sipping darlings at USCCB headquarters.

VI. Voris has that blunt Belloc quality about him and he's a big time troublemaker, which is alright in my books. There have been a couple of Vortex's where I differ in view somewhat. But hey, if he can induce a certain salesman apologist to devote one of his bi-weekly conniptions to him, you know Voris is doing a good job. Even Damian Thompson doesn't like him. As reported in the Catholic Herald, Voris is soon to visit London. Young Damian commented thusly: "Was Voris' magnificent rug also God-given?" That statement reflects why the Church Times once called Damian a "blood-crazed ferret". But he's alright most of the time.

VII. Now what would a TH2 post be without reference to our friends at Salt and Light TV? For it appears that program host Pedro Guevara-Mann blogged about the officialdom's disapproval of Voris and crew. The Vox got a conversation going on the matter at his blog and it would be worthwhile to pop on over. Still, I'd like to make some comments of my own.

VIII. Check this title out: "On the event not approved by WYD Madrid". That Guevara-Mann did not explicitly state RCTV is telling. There's a certain arrogance here in that the manifest party under scrutiny is not even worth being named. But let's begin fisking [TH2 analysis in bolded square brackets]:
The business of being Church is not an easy one. ["being Church" phraseology reminiscent of "We Are Church", liberal kitsch talk, "we are the world", "Gather Us In", etc.]

I discovered this while working for the WYD2002 office. I have said on numerous occasions that this amazing experience was a great blessing for me and for my family. One of the blessings is that I got to see the best of the Church. At the same time, I got to see the worst of the Church.[This works under the dubious assumption that Guevara-Mann is qualified to determine the "best" and "worst" of the Church. An employee of Salt + Light TV as such does not make one qualified. Although, one of the prerequisites of being an employee at Canada's "Channel of Hope" is - à la Fr. Rosica - to frown upon orthodoxy, so you already know what Guevara-Mann will deem as "best" and "worst"]

Maybe that's what the parable of the weeds and the wheat is all about [not necessarily, it could be about Political Correctness, being so-called "moderate"]: in order for the best to be best, the worst has to grow alongside it. And maybe that's what being Church is.[please stop with the "being Church", it really is an offensive term]

At WYD2002 I was in charge of all the artistic programming. [the benefits of working for Fr. Rosica, the comptroller at WYD2002] The largest component of this was the Youth Festival. [well, it is called "World Youth Day"] We dealt with hundreds of groups, thousands of artists, from over 30 countries and in 8 different languages. The main task was to select the groups that would participate. This was no easy task. There are many thousands of wonderful individuals, groups, music ministers, lay associations and movements, and communities that are doing great work for the Church. It was very hard to narrow the long list down to the 200 or so who would make the final cut.

One way to do this is to ask for a letter of support from the local Bishop or from the Episcopal Conference. I cannot begin to tell you the number of times that we had to rely on that reference, to be sure.[There is no way Voris' bishop in Detroit would have given him "support". There is a history of friction. The chancery office detests him so it would have been useless to even request a letter. That he is detested bespeaks much, of course] And still, we had some potential problems. Lastly, the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Vatican department that oversees World Youth Days, had to approve the final list.

It meant that some did not get selected. [RCTV never applied for selection. So how can it be deselected if it was not selected in the first place?]

Another problem that we had was dealing with groups for whom World Youth Day is an opportunity to do their own thing. It's simple logic: "This is the chance that we have to gather all our members from around the world. They're going to WYD anyway, so why not have our own event at the same time?" Or, "There will be lots of Catholics there, so why not run our event at the same time?" I am not saying that these groups are taking advantage of WYD or out to divide WYD [Then why did you take the time to write a post "On the event not approved by WYD Madrid", singling it out No Bull in Madrid? There must be a reason.] – but inadvertently, when one creates an event that is parallel to WYD, that's the danger. And that does not contribute to the unity of the Church.[See how Guevara-Mann, like the USCCB, subtly works to make Voris/RCTV as divisive, even schismatic]

This has been the case with every World Youth Day. [Then why weren't official statements of disapproval issued for other hostile groups at past WYDs?] Everyone thinks that their event is important. Everyone wants to promote their event (and they should, since they're spending a lot of money and resources to put on the event). But we can't lose sight of the larger event, the real reason for World Youth Day.[...and what, pray tell, would that be? Please explain.]

And so, when the Madrid WYD office put out a statement earlier this week titled "U.S. Based Media Producer Not Approved by WYD 2011", I was not surprised. [...and I bet you were grinning with delight, eh buddy?]

If the organizers of that event [again, not explicitly referring to Voris/RCTV. Why? The contempt overflows] are surprised at the statement, it's not surprising – again, why would they think that this is a problem? [Who said there is a "problem"? You did hotshot. Only you and your careerist colleagues see RCTV as a problem. Let's be clear on that]. There is so much happening in Madrid during August 16-21 that all pilgrims will be overwhelmed with the choices.[How do you know that? Life is full of many choices] It will mean that some events will not be very well attended – especially those immediately following all the main events.

And when someone advertises that they will be at World Youth Day and says that their event is open to all World Youth Day pilgrims, it is hard not to see that event as an official Youth Festival event, or not to be confused by it.[No Bull in Madrid in no way inferred that it was an "official" or "approved" event. I think most kids are intelligent enough to figure this out, whether they are inclined to attend or not. Apparently, you don't.]

Part of our job at the WYD2002 programming office was to clear some of the confusion. There are official WYD events and there are some events that are not official.[Yes, you've made this very obvious.]

The official ones have all been approved by local bishops, Episcopal Conferences, and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Hopefully that means that they will promote the authentic teaching and unity of the Roman Catholic Church[! ... if they've already been approved by supposedly qualified people who've filtered away the "worst" from the "best", then why hope for this? Why allow for the possibility it might not happen? Does not approval from the officialdom infer a 100% guarantee?]. The Bishops are the authentic teachers of the Church in communion with the Pope.[That is correct, so long as they are in communion with the Pope. Who says that all the bishops who have given "approval" for whatever WYD event, past or that present, are in full communion the Pope? I don't. If you do, Mr. Guevara-Mann, then I suggest you stop getting your Catholic news from CNS] It is the Pope who teaches at World Youth Day in communion with the bishops of the world. Any group that sets itself to "teach" in the midst of WYD is giving a very mixed message–as if the other teaching is deficient or incorrect.[The evidence shows that there is deficiency and incorrectness in teaching to a significant degree throughout North America and beyond. RCTV has been spotlighting this for quite some time - and Guevara-Mann and his friends don't like it.]
IX. After receiving few comments on his post, all of which were positive toward Voris/RCTV, Guevara-Mann back pedaled and added another paragraph to his post. All he did, unfortunately, was to dig his hole even deeper:
I'm not commenting one way or the other on the event in question. I am not saying that it is unorthodox or that the organisers of that event are out to create division in the Church. I am merely trying to understand where the WYD National Office is coming from when releasing such a statement. If an event is not official, it doesn't mean that it will not promote the authentic teaching and unity of the Roman Catholic Church, but, there is no guarantee.
"Trying to understand". Give me a break. No question that the post was a supplementary hit piece to bolster the USCCB-originated condemnation. And there is absolutely no way this side of the Van Allen Belt that Guevara-Mann could have posted the article without the permission of Salt and Light's CEO. It could even be that the blog post was prompted by Fr. Rosica, although he delegated the task to one of his "yes men", considering the blowback he's received from controversial statements made over the last two years. Apparently he's keeping a low profile these days, leaving his underlings to deal with retaliations from the blogosphere.

X. Why does Voris need canonical approval? To my knowledge he's never advocated anything tantamount to heresy. Moreover, RCTV/No Bull in Madrid never has advertised itself as an official teaching authority of the Catholic Church. Disregarding WYD, why are not other Catholic speakers, bloggers and writers ever singled out as not having official approval? Does not every Catholic have the right to be a witness to the Faith? It seems that this right is reserved only for those that adhere to the party line, itself not always in conformity with magisterial teaching. Does the reader see what's happening here? Guevara-Mann and company are creating a false scenario to divert attention away from the fact the issue has nothing to do with official approval, but with the establishment's fear and disdain of RCTV and those Catholics of like mind. That this is even being done betrays an atmosphere of desperation within the hallways of officialdom. This is a good thing. Time is running out and they know it.