I’m sure many of you have heard Catholic News Agency (CNA) is reporting that Michael Voris of RealCatholicTV.com has an employee writing icky things and that Mr. Voris has let the 501 c 3 status of Saint Michael’s Media lapse.
As far as the employee allegedly writing weird and creepy stuff – hey, things happen and hopefully that will get handled appropriately. As far as the lapse of the non-profit status, well that would seem to be important if RealCatholicTV.com operated as a non-profit.
However, they don’t appear to operate that way at all.
Their website does not claim to be a non-profit, but does contain a section titled “DONATE”. On the donation page in small print it also says, “RealCatholicTV.com is not a non-profit organization”. Under the main DONATE button you are informed that if you would like to make a “tax deductible donation” you can do so through Saint Michael’s Media. Regular donations administered through PayPal (and presumably subscriptions) go to “RealCatholicTV.com”.
But RealCatholicTV is not an assumed name for Saint Michael’s Media. It is an assumed name for Concept Communication LLC (source: Michigan Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) which is a for-profit Michigan based limited liability company owned by…you guessed it…Michael Voris.
Now, where have I heard about an evangelist running all his sales through a for-profit private company? Hmmm.
In order to salvage his reputation, it might be a good idea for Mr. Voris to revive the non-profit Saint Michael’s Media, run RealCatholicTV through it, and take advantage of the transparency of a non-profit company.