"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Michael Coren Schism Update

On Twitter, Ex-Catholic Michael Coren says he's been worshipping as a Protestant for a year now. 

Somehow I doubt all the Cathoic parishes and organizations he took money from for his appearances were aware of his schism. I also doubt he'll be issuing any refunds.

Back in November 2013, Michael Coren was contracted to speak on the subject of 'Catholic Education In Ontario's Public Schools". When he arrived at the event he informed the gathering he'd rather do a general Question & Answer session instead. No refund.

He laments being cancelled to appear on EWTN by stating we should all be more concerned about the Baltimore Riots than his defection. Nice try, Mike. Maybe we should be more concerned about Nepal or Nigeria than the riots? Maybe we should be most concerned about the eternal destination of our souls?

It seems word is getting around Michael Coren is no longer Catholic, or he's trying to hide the fact. The empty rows beneath his photo used to contain his speaking schedule. Legatus, Great Lakes Catholic Men's Conference, and the Diocese Of Calgary Priest Days were there.

Michael says he has a new book coming out. Possible titles:

"Why Anglicans Are Right"
"Why Catholics Are Wrong"
"Why Taliban Catholics Are Wrong. Forward by Rev.Rosica"

Michael is portraying himself as a martyr now apparaently the victim of slander and hate from 'right wing Catholics'. He has a poor memory because it wasn't long ago he wrote in Catholic World Report:

"The Catholic Church looks neither right nor left but up. In other words, the Church is not a vehicle for conservatism or liberalism, capitalism or socialism, but a vehicle for Catholicism. Anyone who thinks and believes otherwise has surely misunderstood the teaching and purpose of the institution left us by Christ Jesus."

It's also worth noting Christ Jesus did not leave us the Church Of England; King Henry VIII did that.

Based on this photo it seems Michael was wrong about female ordination too:

"It’s a pride thing, really. Not the Papacy, not the Magisterium, not Scripture, but I, me, we, will dictate what is to be believed and rejected. A quintessential example of this is female ordination. It’s un-Biblical, it perverts the meaning of a Sacrament and the place of the priest during Mass, and it fundamentally misunderstands God’s creation."

Had the Anglican Diocese Of Toronto not put this picture on its Facebook page, I wonder if/when Michael Coren would have announced publicly he's now a Schismatic Catholic?


  1. It upsets me when I think that all those talks in the Catholic circles were done even after he goes to the Anglican church regularly. That shows that he is dishonest and insincere.
    Anyway, it's a good thing that it is now in the open because we have to move on with our lives. At least he can not do any more harm and cause further confusion since he is out of the Catholic circles now. I will pray for his re-conversion to the Catholic church, and I will delete his books from my e-book collection.

  2. So, Michael Coren apostacizes over the issue of gay marriage, and thus loses some columns in Catholic publications. What happens next? The Prairie Messenger, Saskatchewan's "catholic" newspaper picks up his column called "Coren's Corner". His first article? Abortion can be okay. http://www.prairiemessenger.ca/15_05_20/Coren_15_05_20.html