An interesting thing has been happening in the world of online Catholic commentary over the past year. Where we once stood among only a scant few outlets crying out about the corruption at the highest levels of the Church, we are quickly seeing a rising chorus of voices following our lead.
Everywhere you look, Catholics are waking up to the crisis. Even many of those who resisted for as long as possible have at last begun to admit the disaster being wrought by Pope Francis and those most supportive of his agenda.
Sadly, along with the mass wake up has arisen not a little anger, confusion, and division. All of us are trying to come to grips with what has befallen our beloved Church, and not all of us are reaching the same conclusions.
As ever, our mission at 1P5 is clear: identify the problems in the Church and those causing them with as little needless polemicism as possible, act as a lifeline to those becoming aware of these issues for the first time, supply the faithful with as many resources as we are able to root them in the perennial teaching and practice of the faith, and tell the truth about all of it, as best we can, no matter the cost.
We have taken positions on the state of the Church and the papacy in particular recently that have cost us loyal readers and supporters. We believe it is absolutely critical that we not allow anger and frustration to cloud our judgment and lead us to separate ourselves from the authority of the Church, even when that means acknowledging the legitimate offices of evil men. Men who have infiltrated the ranks of our shepherds, as St. Paul warned that they would:
“Take heed to yourselves, and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops, to rule the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. I know that, after my departure, ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” (Acts 20:28-30; DR)
Every day, we have no choice but to take trembling steps forward, trying to find the right path, asking God to guide us through the fog of war.
These are perilous times. In a way, they are even more dangerous than times of organized, bodily persecution. A man under the threat of martyrdom has a mind singularly focused on eternal things; a man faced with extreme theological confusion while living in relative comfort can be more easily seduced into error and sin. We have to do everything we can to stick together, and to stay close to Our Lord and His teachings.
We want to thank those of you who have stood with us as we try to do just that. And we need to ask for your continued support.
For each of the first three months of 2019, we have fallen significantly short of our modest monthly fundraising goals. With less than a week left in the month, we still have nearly $7,000 to go for March.
In the four years 1P5 has been online, we have served nearly 27 million pages of content to almost 5 million unique readers from around the world.
Fewer than 4,000 of those readers, however, have supported our work with a financial contribution of any kind. We can never sufficiently express our gratitude to those of you who have supported us in this way. That 4,000 — less than 1% of our total readership — has made it possible for us to continue to provide what we do for the other 99%, free of charge.
And look what we have accomplished together so far. We have moved the conversation farther than we ever thought possible. Your support makes a difference.
If you find the work we do here valuable, if you believe in our mission and our attempts to dispel confusion, identify error, rebuild Catholic culture and restore Catholic tradition, and you have never supported our apostolate with a financial gift, please prayerfully consider making a tax deductible contribution* today. If you have supported us in the past and would like to do so again, we encourage you to continue to join forces with us in this fight for the heart of the Church. And if you have already given this month, thank you so much for your generosity!
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Thank you, and may God bless you abundantly for your prayers, your readership, and your support.
Publisher & Executive Director
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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.