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Michael Voris, Church Militant Founder, resigns possible moral failings

The founder and former CEO of Church Militant/St. Michael’s Media, Michael Voris, has been asked to resign for breaching the organization’s morality clause, according to a statement by the group.

Church Militant is known for its far-right approach, including controversial positions such as accusing U.S. bishops of promoting human trafficking through their advocacy for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Voris, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, started St. Michael’s Media in 2006 and founded Church Militant in 2008.

The organization has faced criticism for its connections to controversial figures and its divisive rhetoric. The board of directors has chosen not to disclose the specific reasons for Voris’s resignation but stated that he will be stepping aside to focus on his personal health.

America Magazine reports:

St. Michael’s Media is described on its website as a lay Catholic apostolate “dedicated to the new evangelization and spreading the truth of the Catholic faith via the medium of television, radio, the Internet and other forms of modern mass media.”

Church Militant has become known for its far-right approach, including accusing the U.S. bishops of prompting human trafficking for their advocacy for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as its links to controversial figures such as Milo Yiannopoulos, a right-wing writer and speaker who has made disparaging remarks about Muslims, minority students, members of the transgender community and other groups.

Church Militant/St. Michael’s Media said Nov. 21 its founder and former CEO Michael Voris “has been asked to resign for breaching the Church Militant morality clause,” and that his resignation was accepted by the board.

In a statement attributed to Church Militant posted on the website, the group said it “was founded as a bastion of Catholic truth and a light to the faithful in hard times. “This is why we are being fully transparent with you all.”

The statement said the board of directors “has chosen not to disclose Michael’s private matters to the public,” but announced that he would be “stepping aside and focusing on his personal health.”

“The apostolate will be praying for him, and we kindly ask you to do the same,” the statement said, adding they plan to move forward “with renewed fervor.”

In a video message, Voris declined to get into specifics, but said there were “horrible, ugly things” he needed to “go away and address.”

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