It’s already the middle of August. The full heat of summer has not yet left us, but the nights and mornings have lost their claustrophobic grip, giving way to cooler air and gentle breezes as autumn awaits.
In the Vatican, however, things are only getting hotter. One wonders if they can smell fire and brimstone yet in Rome.
From Francis changing the Catechism on a matter of divinely revealed truth to new claims from one of his former spokesmen that he can “break Catholic traditions whenever he wants” and can unilaterally rule the Church rather than it being ruled “by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture” – the enemies within Holy Mother Church have become more brazen than ever before.
They are saying these things in the open now. They do not believe they can be stopped.
In addition, this month, 1P5 has played a crucial role in exposing two stories pertaining to clerical misconduct that has led to action being taken in the respective dioceses in question. This is only the beginning of what may soon become a tidal wave of new accusations in the wake of the McCarrick revelations – revelations that will only further enhance the danger presented to faithful Catholics trying to hold on and raise their children in this incredibly trying moment for our faith.
Faithful Catholics who come here to find comfort and solace in the recognition that they are not alone.
Meanwhile, 1P5 is excited to announce that we have hired our former associate editor on a more permanent basis, with a promotion to senior editor. Drew Belsky, who has been part of the 1P5 team for over a year, will now be handling all incoming submissions and helping us to standardize style and content for the site. We are also in the process of adding new writers to our roster of regular featured contributors and looking to expand our scope of coverage into more areas pertaining to the rebuilding and restoration of Catholicism, beyond just the Church news of the day.
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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.