Oh the humanity!

Okay… we orthodox, faithful, conservative Catholics are the most flexible people around, but this simply needs some sort of intervention.

Michael Voris is in Rome.  He was doing some coverage of the Synod and has stayed also for the trad events coming up.

I am pretty disturbed about something.

A priest friend alerted me to this.  Perhaps he thought I could, I dunno… intervene?

He wrote:

After all the bad news of the last two days; now I have to deal with this!  Will it never end???  Oh, the humanity!

A Searsucker jacket in October, Michael? In Rome?

I’ll never forget seeing in Michael’s office – and I can hardly bring myself to write this – a Richard McBrien book!

Connection?  Is he a crypto-liberal? Who can know for sure.

I’m in Rome right now for a pilgrimage. Last night after a supper with the pilgrimage group, I joined Michael and crew at a restaurant nearby (which I had recommended to them, by the way), for dessert and catching up on news.   I brought up this serious issue.

PS Michael’s a great sport.  Like all faithful Catholics, he has a good sense of humor.  I showed this to him before posting.

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  1. Inigo says:

    How is the weather in Rome? Our group will be arriving on friday for the pilgrimage.

    [The weather here was as bad as July for heat and humidity. Today it was a nearly perfect October day.]

  2. Muv says:

    Rome can be jolly hot in October. A lightweight jacket is a good idea. It’s the girly pink striped tie that worries me.

    [Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my dear.]

  3. Grateful to be Catholic says:

    Oh, dear. Not a good professional move. I am sure the dapper Card. K would never give an interview to such an obvious, clueless traditionalist, maybe even an intellectualist.

  4. Sid Cundiff in NC says:

    Proof positive that Traditionalists can lighten up! Thanks.

    Where did the Pilgrimage group eat? What was the restaurant that you recommended to Mr. Voris? [I sent Voris & Co. to Costanza.]

  5. Jackie L says:

    Looks like Mr. Voris is a Matlock fan.

  6. Vincent says:

    In fairness to Michael, it disappeared in most of the other videos…

    Oh, wait, I’ve just given away my following of the crypto-liberal Church-Militant TV…. Mea culpa…

  7. disco says:

    Talk about “the future and our choices”

  8. Joe Hebert says:

    Kudos to Voris for reporting in style! Isn’t Rome still a bit warm this time of year?

  9. VexillaRegis says:

    It could be worse. A friend of mine once saw a lutheran minister in a seersucker chasuble!

    [They, I suppose, can be excused. I mean… think about it. Think about all that corduroy.]

  10. Kelvin Dock says:

    He also has form in mixing stripes and checks; but who am I to judge?
    Keep up the good work, the pair o’youse!

  11. WMBriggs says:

    This kind of wanton sartorial frivolity is often caused by excess stress. Luckily, you have identified the malady before it was too late. If Voris had progressed to the tennis-shoes-with-suit stage, well, it would have taken a miracle to snap him out of it.

  12. mariadevotee says:

    My response to this shocking sartorial faux pas would be “Michael, darlin’, does your Mama know you’re wearing that jacket? Bless your heart.”

  13. Kathleen10 says:

    He is the voice crying out in the wilderness and he has provided a great deal of consolation to me, so he can wear the white bucks to match if he wants. I think he looks dapper.

  14. Fr. Erik Richtsteig says:

    Michael saw one too many episode of “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” back in the day.

  15. incredulous says:

    Michael is a man out of time… with a great message. If he likes the unbuttoned cuffs circa 1977, then perhaps his outfit can go fully retero with a Pendleton flannel shirt, 501 denims and a pair of Timberland boots…

  16. Suburbanbanshee says:

    I’m glad he didn’t freeze.

  17. Mojoron says:

    I just got back from Rome and it was HOT! I’m glad that I didn’t have to wear black like the priests do. Our ArchB had to wear his “holy gear” while up there with Papa Frank and I know he was dying from the heat, he is a big guy (6’6 and 300). If I went to Rome again, I would be certain it would be in November not October! Seersucker is not a bad idea, especially since most places are not air conditioned.

  18. anniemw says:

    October? Rome? Synod? … without a doubt, it’s the Francis Effect …. ;-) God bless all ~ annie

  19. Mother says:


    I love these light-hearted-poke-fun interjectory posts especially amid the seriousness of late, Fr. Z.

    (I am quite fond of Mr. Voris, even in Seersucker)

  20. Joseph-Mary says:

    I have met Michael twice and he is indeed a very good sport. He is not at all ‘full of himself’ and I found him to be both humble and engaging. [I can second this.] I might also mention he is very smart and very well versed in things to the faith. And he had the manly fortitude to ask some hard questions at the sin-nod. He is a champion for the faith and for souls.

  21. Tom Ryan says:

    Well, O’Brien did teach at Notre Dame. As for the fashion faux pax, he should read Dressing with Dignity, a good Catholic source on fashion.

  22. Andy Lucy says:

    And what, exactly, was Mr Voris’ response to his fashion faux pas?

    As to finding a McBrien book on his bookshelf, well, I hope no one EVER sees mine, as they will find a wide array of books, many of which might indicate heresy… but you can’t refute them if you don’t know what they teach….. right? Am I right?

  23. Mike says:

    My guess is that Mr. Voris is a light packer. If you’ve scanned (or paid) airline baggage fees lately, it’s not hard to see the value of this.

    Granted, were he to extend that economy to wearing Bass Weejuns with no socks, one might have to think about drawing the line.

  24. Elizabeth D says:


    good job Michael Voris… seriously I have more respect for him than I used to.

  25. greinkebs says:

    Michael with his comments today seems to add to the confusion that is in Rome. Maybe a long retreat and some prayer will help him find his way.

  26. Father you are so silly. Glad to hear you are laffin’ it up with Voris and team. I met Voris at a talk here in the area and also found him different from his projected “newsguy persona”. Likeable with big kind eyes.

    The real question is: who travels in light-colored anything? When I travel, its all dark clothing to hide the spots! ha!

  27. jacobi says:

    No one is perfect you know!

    Something to do with Human Nature, they tell me!

  28. Midwest St. Michael says:

    “I have met Michael twice and he is indeed a very good sport. He is not at all ‘full of himself’ and I found him to be both humble and engaging. [I can second this.]”

    And I can third it. :^)

  29. Bea says:

    “I’ll never forget seeing in Michael’s office – and I can hardly bring myself to write this – a Richard McBrien book!
    Connection? Is he a crypto-liberal? Who can know for sure.”

    @ Andy Lucy
    ” but you can’t refute them if you don’t know what they teach….. right? ”

    My thoughts, too.:
    “know the enemy”
    and like Patton said when he defeated Rommel in North Africa
    “Rommel, I read your book”

  30. Michael_Thoma says:

    My 79 year dear ol mum loves the suit and the tie.. but thinks Michael needs to cut that hair.. “how does he see with that mop over his eyes ssshhhheeesh!”

  31. Oh, man. I’m with you on this one, Father.

    Frankly, I never want to see a seersucker jacket. Ever. On anyone. Of either sex.

    Haven’t these Americans ever heard of LINEN? OK, so it creases, but that’s part of its charm.

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  33. AVL says:

    Seersucker is old-timey, and that is exactly what I like about it!

  34. StJude says:

    Seer sucker is a gateway drug to skinny jeans. Prayers offered.

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