.- RealCatholicTV's Senior Executive Producer Michael Voris says he'll seek to restore his nonprofit corporation's good standing with the state of Michigan, while restricting the activities of a staff member who has apologized for âinappropriateâ online writings.
In an online video response to an August 17 CNA article, the RealCatholicTV host â who is also the founder of the nonprofit St. Michael's Media â said that he âdid a poor job and allowed things to get sloppyâ at his nonprofit company after an administrative assistant left in 2006.
âThat is entirely my fault,â Voris stated.
He went on to say that St. Michael's Media was âin the process of getting our records up to dateâ in order to âfile the appropriate back recordsâ to regain good standing with the State of Michigan as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
CNA reported on August 17 that Voris' nonprofit company was, in the words of an official at the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, âno longer registered and in good standing with the State of Michiganâ since 2009, after failing to file necessary reports for two years.
Voris also said in his response that RealCatholicTV's Simon Rafe would no longer be serving as an apologist, program host, or public speaker.
CNA also reported that Rafe was the author of writings that Voris later called âvery inappropriate,â including the âadultâ role-playing game âCastle Dracula.â
Rafe, also the author of stories that introduced lesbian elements into a book set in the Star Wars universe, posted an August 18 apology on his personal blog âfor having scandalized the faithful in any regard.â
âIn speaking with Simon, I have no doubt whatsoever about the sincerity of his apology nor his realization that what he did was wrong both personally and professionally,â Voris said in his video response.
He said that âfor the foreseeable future,â Rafe would handle only âtechnical and administrative dutiesâ for both St. Michael's Media and RealCatholicTV.
Voris said it was âunfairâ for CNA to have published its story during a âhectic time of productionâ for RealCatholicTV. He also advised those âwho consider themselves our enemiesâ to âconfront us like a man, not some sniveling school girls who resort to tattle tales and smear campaigns.â
The host of âThe Vortexâ noted that he did not count CNA among his purported âenemies.â He did, however, call attention to âvarious blogs which make the claim that Catholic News Agency or its affiliate is 4 years behind on its own filings,â one of which he cited in the video's official transcript.
That claim, however, rests upon a misreading of state documents showing that CNA's nonprofit group, in some cases, received notification that its annual reports were overdue. The same documents show that each year's reports were later filed with the state in a matter of weeks or months.
In his Aug. 22 response, Voris also continued to take issue with the organizers of World Youth Day sending out a press release in which they responded to âconfusion regarding his affiliation with World Youth Dayâ by stating that he was ânot in any way recognized or approved by World Youth Day 2011.â
âIn the mayhem and chaos of World Youth Day, official approval means absolutely next to nothing on the ground,â he observed.
Voris said the official World Youth Day press release, which drew attention to RealCatholicTV's lack of approval from its local bishop, was âbeyond ridiculous.â