The Vortex – where “lies & falsehoods are trapped and exposed” – really?

The Vortex – where “lies & falsehoods are trapped and exposed” – really?

Describing the terminal decline of the Church in the USA (which really mirrors the decline of the Church just about everywhere else) Michael Voris manages to assess and lament the situation there without any reference to Fatima. He sees no “bright spots” – not even one: he cites the “bad stats” to illustrate his point, but makes no mention of the “good stats” which are to be found in “traditional” chapels. Is this an honest assessment of the situation in the USA or anywhere else?

Michael Voris concludes his script with these problematic words:

The time for advancing careers and protecting turfs and nursing bruised egos and shooting the messenger has come to an end. The Church is being killed in the United States and either you are on board with coming to Her assistance – or get out of the way and let those who are get to work.

The problem with those words is that Michael is playing his part in the decline by protecting the diocesan “turf”. It may be that he is afraid to lose the support of those bishops, like the bishop in the film, who support him, if he breaks ranks completely with the current Vatican line on “traditionalism” and refuses to toe the party line on Fatima.

I’ve always admired the work which Michael does in the media. He is very professional and his short, snappy videos are excellent – they just stop “before the end” so to speak. He is unwilling to go the whole ecclesiastical and theological hog, if you know what I mean. He seems to want things to sort of stay the way they are, only get better, if you still know what I mean!

That’s what I think. What do you think?

Comments (47)

  • Athanasius


    Yes, I see the logic in your comments. Who knows how God has ordained things, we must all only hope that at the end of this life, regardless of how it ends, we each find a welcome home in heaven!!

    July 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  • editor


    What do you mean, “regardless of how (this life ends)”? If anyone tries to martyr me, I’ll kill them!

    July 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm
  • Athanasius


    Spoken in the true spirit of the early Christians (not)! All I can say to that is: taxman, watch out!

    Actually, what I meant by my “regardless of how life ends” statement was that some may suffer bodily martyrdom and some may suffer spiritual martyrdom. God alone knows the end of each of us. In your case, I would venture to suggest eventual death by tea and cream bun syndrome. But hopefully that will be many years in the future. I don’t know anything about my own eventual end except that it will almost certainly include a paupers burial!

    July 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm
  • editor

    I don’t know anything about my own eventual end except that it will almost certainly include a paupers burial!

    You speak for the entire nation there, Athanasius. The way things are going, the only person who will be able to afford a proper funeral is the new (lovely, I’m sure) royal baby. There’s just a slim chance that the national economy will be back in working order by the time he’s due to meet his Maker!

    Seriously, there is, of course, as you say, a type of martyrdom suffered by many today, especially sound priests who are persecuted if they allow a single orthodox thought to pass through their minds, let alone openly preach and teach the Catholic Faith in its entirety. I think the coming events at WYD will serve to underline the nature of such martyrdom. It is truly painful to watch and to listen to the superficial baloney dished out at this singularly ridiculous event. I wonder if Michael Voris will be there and if so, it will be interesting to hear his report(s).

    July 23, 2013 at 11:15 am
  • Athanasius

    Yes, indeed, editor. I know of some Catholics, faithful to the orthodox teaching of the Church, who were recently tagged as “Taliban Catholics” by a prominent nominal Catholic source. Remarkably, the bishops who should have spoken out in defence of those maligned, remained silent.

    I too await reports on WYD proceedings. I understand that Pope Francis, unlike his predecessor, will not use Latin, “the language of the Church” during any of the liturgical services. That one development confirms what I have suspected and feared. We could actually see worse than the liturgical deviations that took place under Pope John Paul II. I hope and pray I’m wrong but I have a very bad feeling about this.

    July 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

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