“Am I self-justifying? Perhaps I am,” he states, regarding his artistic license with characters' sexual behavior. “Perhaps I am also moving beyond some rigid position into a more nuanced one, one where the strictures of duty begin to give way to the fluidity of art. Perhaps this is a dangerous movement, perhaps I should not be going there.”
Voris said Rafe could not comment on the writings, because of a company policy under which only board members may speak to media outlets. For his part, Voris said he previously had “no knowledge … whatsoever” of evidence linking RealCatholicTV's speaker and apologist to the explicit writings, which CNA documented for him from its archives on August 16.
Voris told CNA that his “No Bull in Madrid” project, timed to coincide with World Youth Day despite its lack of approval from event organizers, was occupying his attention such that he would need “a week to figure out” the apparent problems within his organization.
However, the author who called himself “The Darknight” seems to have taken action.
As of August 17, Rafe's “Darknight” writings had disappeared from both the “Batcave” site and his blog. The blog instead featured “an explanation,” stating: “I am no longer running this blog. As it may be important to keep copies of the posts, however, I have marked them all as 'draft' so they do not appear but so they are still saved and accessible to me.”
On that same date, RealCatholicTV's website was still announcing that “Michael Voris, Simon Rafe and other hosts and personalities of RealCatholicTV.com are happy to come and speak at your parish, conference or other event.”
The page gives a number “to book Michael, Simon or another speaker,” and explains that “they can speak on a wide variety of topics related to the Church, Catholicism, Scripture, apologetics and other subjects.”
CNA also provided Voris with state records showing that St. Michael's Media was no longer in good standing as a Michigan nonprofit, having been dissolved by the state in 2009.
The following day, its website continued to claim the same nonprofit status, saying: “Saint Michael's Media is a 501(c)3 company and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.” The “Make A Donation” button still takes users to a secure server, to make payments through PayPal or with a credit or debit card.