Detroit, Mich., Jan 3, 2012 / 00:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
Michael Voris and other hosts of Real Catholic TV should not be broadcasting in the name of the Church, the Archdiocese of Detroit announced.
The archdiocese says it “has informed Mr. Voris and Real Catholic TV…that it does not regard them as being authorized to use the word 'Catholic' to identify or promote their public activities.”
In a Dec. 15, 2011 statement addressing the organization's name, the archdiocese clarified that the Church encourages its members “to promote or sustain a variety of apostolic undertakings,” but forbids them “from claiming the name Catholic without the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority.”
The archdiocese added that it has been communicating with Voris as well as his media partner at Real Catholic TV on the issue for “some time.”
Last month's announcement also referenced Canon 216 of the Roman Catholic Church's current Code of Canon Law, which holds that “no undertaking is to claim the name 'Catholic'” without authorization.