The Vortex

by Michael Voris, St Michael’s Media, £20

Michael Voris began his broadcasting apostolate in 2008, four years after returning to the Church after many years’ lapsation. The Vortex, regular short broadcasts on the state of the Church today, has generated controversy for pulling no punches in its treatment of abuses and its insistence that true Catholic renewal will only take place when Catholics cease to be lukewarm or “nice”.

Describing the Church as “the Bride of Christ” reflects Voris’s outlook, which is traditional rather than trendy. He reminds readers that “Catholics in a state of grace possess the Divine Fire. It’s time we started using it for the love of souls.”

Indeed, the salvation of souls – the Church’s 2,000-year-old primary mission – crops up again and again in these short expositions.

In language largely unfamiliar to contemporary Catholics, Voris reminds us that “The Church exists to accompany people to heaven and … to make the inevitable suffering redemptive and meritorious.”

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