It’s Saturday morning after a grueling week, and I don’t expect things to slow down soon, so I’ll be brief with a couple of items of possible interest so we can all try to catch our breath:
I was invited to appear as a guest on The Tom Woods Show, and the episode just dropped today. The topic was “the abuse crisis exploding in recent weeks, culminating in the atomic bomb of a letter released by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.” We covered a lot of ground, and it was a very lively discussion. Definitely worth your time, especially if my summer hiatus from podcasting and video-making has left you wanting some multimedia content.
Secondly, it’s a new month, and we’ve just launched a new fundraiser. Usually I don’t promote our fundraising efforts until mid-month, but I want get out of the gate with a strong start in September. 1P5 saw a 90% uptick in traffic in August, with nearly 400,000 pageviews coming in in just the last week, and incoming links from outlets like the BBC and The Drudge Report. We’ve added a new featured contributor (Stefanie Nicholas) to our docket and are in discussions with more people we’d like to see on a regular basis. We have benefited greatly from the hire of Drew Belsky, our Senior Editor, who has made it possible for me to spend more time writing in the past few weeks than I have in months. But we need to be able to have certainty that we can pay our people, and that means annoying reminders like this one that we are a 100% reader-supported enterprise. If you’d like to support our work, and help us to bring in more of the kind of writing you’ve come to love from us, please consider a donation, however modest, to our September campaign. At the moment, we survive on our $20, $50, $100 donations (and larger), but I’m not kidding when I say if you can throw a buck in, it matters. We had 90,000 new unique readers this past week. If a quarter of them threw a dollar in the jar, we’d be overfunded for the month already. Truly, there is strength in numbers.
Finally, I realized this morning that September is the month of Our Lady of Sorrows. What an appropriate patroness of the time we’re in! I know Fr. Chad Ripperger has done some talks on her role in helping us to recognize our own faults and sins, as well as her invocation by exorcists. I haven’t listened to them all, but you can find them over at his page, Sensus Traditionis.
That’s all for now. Please pray for us as we continue to hold the line against those seeking to bury the significance of the Viganò testimony and help the pope escape from his responsibility in this and so many other matters of grave importance to souls.
UPDATE: Like a ninny, I linked to the wrong thing for the Tom Woods podcast today. The correct link is here.
Steve Skojec is the Founding Publisher and Executive Director of OnePeterFive.com. He received his BA in Communications and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2001. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Crisis Magazine, EWTN, Huffington Post Live, The Fox News Channel, Foreign Policy, and the BBC. Steve and his wife Jamie have seven children.