Both neither trust nor respect the hierarchy, but yet each seems genuinely frustrated at the lack of recognition and assistance they so desperately desire. For different reasons, obviously, as one group is more Catholic than the other, but gosh that similarity is ironic, interesting, and glaring.
Below are two clips from ChurchMilitant.TV’s recent “Mic’d Up” program. You can watch/listen to the 1 hour program here if you so desire – but the following two snippets illustrate my point.
This one is from roughly the midpoint of the program:
And this one is from the final segment:
So what’s my point. It’s like this. Putting aside the implication that the Catholic Establishment Media (“CEM”) really isn’t faithful like the Faithful Catholic Media (“FCM”) is faithful (because they don’t meet the “FCM” standard of Being Truly Faithful because they don’t report on the crises & scandals & bad bishops), I think it’s kinda weird that in the first clip, there’s this whiny, oh-poor-is-me attitude that the “CEM” has the hierarchy backing, and all these funds from the “bigger banks of the Church of Nice” (whatever that means – for instance, Ave Maria Radio is listener funded. They don’t get money from the Diocese of Lansing, nor do they have huge underwriters. But “big banks of the Church of Nice” sure plays well to the base…), and they get this ‘funding’ because the “CEM” won’t touch the sort of stories the “FCM” focuses on. And because the “FCM” reports on the crises and scandals, and call bishops out, and generally don’t trust or respect the hierarchy, well, that makes it hard to get backing and funding and collaboration with the “CEM”, and even harder to get the message out. Really really hard – because they don’t get to speak on diocesan property, nor do they get promoted in the chanceries, or what have you. And yes, that part is true. ChurchMilitant.TV is not generally accepted within the US dioceses, and their speaking engagements are rarely, if at all, sanctioned by the local ecclesiastical authorities. That shouldn’t be a surprise, though, when your stock in trade is reporting on “the truth of a Church in crisis”, as they put it.
But then Christine says in the second clip, that in two years, ChurchMilitant.TV has had nearly 13 million views, which faaaaaaaar exceeds those at EWTN’s Youtube channel, or Word of Fire’s channel – which they claim are backed by the hierarchy and establishment (what does that mean, exactly?)- which, don’t forget, gives them an unfair advantage over the “FCM”.
Wait a sec. I’m sorry, but I gotta call bullshit on this.
They’re complaining about not having hierarchy support, or access to funding, which makes it super hard to get their message out…but their message is being heard by far more people, as compared to the “CEM” outlets? Sorry, folks, but you can’t have it both ways. You can’t be grateful of how widely listened to your message is, as compared to your competition (and let’s face it – they are competing with the “CEM”), and at the same time, complain of an unleveled, unfair playing field managed by a hostile hierarchy engaging in a “snuff ‘em out” campaign that makes it super, super hard to get their message out.
That so many more people are listening to.
That if you sign up for a premium membership subscription for $10/month, you have access to even more catechetical material. Because…funding.
So which one is it? Or is it neither?
Now, just for fun, I did a little math. The ChurchMilitant.TV Youtube channel has 18,549 subscribers as of the time of this post. If you multiply that by 730 (number of days in 2 years), you come to 13,540,770. A number pretty close to their claim of having nearly 13,000,000 views in two years. That’s unlikely how they get to that number of views – it’s probably all calculated through Google Analytics or something similar – it might just be coincidence. I don’t know.
I do know, though, that Word of Fire’s Youtube channel has 51,866 subscribers, and EWTN’s Youtube channel has 52,796 subscribers. And last I checked, 50,000+ subscribers > 18,549 subscribers. Perhaps that doesn’t translate directly to a lot of hits & views in two years, but boy, that’s a pretty big difference.
Complaining about not having the means to get their message out, but pointing to the fact that more people watch their stuff than the “CEM” stuff, which is backed by the hierarchy. It’s a weird sort of logic. They want validation and recognition from the establishment they don’t respect and trust, despite the claim they’re kicking the “CEM” up and down the Internet. Just like the womynpreests, who will disobey the hierarchy and complain about misogyny, yet expect the bishops to recognize their ‘calling’, all the while claiming everyone wants women to be ordained.
It’s like a surreal version of the Stockholm Syndrome. And it sounds disingenuous.