Money and Outrage
”Peter can no longer say, ‘Silver and gold have I none.’” Dominic turned and looked straight at the Pope, and said, “No, and neither can he any longer say, ‘Rise and walk.’”
Supposed comment by Saint Dominic during a tour of the papal treasury conducted by Pope Innocent III.
Michael Voris, who I personally have little use for, has touched off a hurricane in the Catholic blogosphere by revealing the large salaries purportedly received by some of the biggest secular names in Catholic apologetics. Go here to Catholic Family News to read all about it.
1. Voris better have been telling the truth that he is earning 40k a year because his finances are now going to be under a microscope.
2. I am shocked at the size of the purported salaries. The main sources of these salaries are often donations from people of very limited means and it rubs me the wrong way to see people making a very good living off what is very frequently a poor widow’s mite.
3. I am always suspicious of secular people who are engaged in apologetics and who make their living from this work. That smacks to me of being a professional Catholic rather than a Catholic simply writing or speaking in defense of the Church and neither seeking nor expecting monetary gain.
4. My salary at The American Catholic since it was founded in 2008 has been $0.00. I have not earned a cent from my blogging.
5. People are always uber sensitive about their incomes, but anyone who is making their living from donations should always be pro-active about disclosing their incomes each year.
6. People who donate should expect a full report each year about where their money is going.
7. The love of money truly is the root of all evil.