I’ve gotten some emails from folks lately about their comments disappearing. A couple months ago, when the comment boxes were being raided by sedvacantists, I cranked up the filters to 11.
This means that certain words automatically triggered moderator approval. Words like “antipope”. There were a handful.
I’ve found that moderating these consistently means big time lags when it comes to comments going live. Particularly when I have a hectic day and can’t get to them, since I perpetually seem to have around 700 unread emails in my inbox, and that’s where the notifications go.
So I turned the filters back down – for now. I will remind you of our comment policy. If you need to hash things out here, that’s perfectly acceptable. If you’ve reached the conclusion that something is fishy with the Bergoglio election, or the Ratzinger resignation, or whatever, and you want to talk that out here in a spirit of humility and openness to correction, I’m not going to stop that, though I do think it’s a dead end, as I said recently (and will say again soon.)
Please, however, avoid your definitive proclamations on who is pope. This is your chance to show docility and obedience to the Church you love, and await her judgment on this matter, which will certainly come in God’s time. (If you have neither docility nor obedience in you, this is not the place for you anyway.)
Also, I ask that you all please treat each other with the kindness that you would show someone who you know has had a very bad day. Because at this moment in history, we’re all having the equivalent of very bad days, every day. Let’s make the most of it by reminding each other that there’s goodness and decency in the world.
Steve Skojec is the Founding Publisher 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 eight children. You can find more of his writing at his Substack, The Skojec File.
Thanks for suffering the Inbox for the sake of this forum (but don’t hesitate to crank it back to high to protect your sanity.)
So, am I still unwelcome?
You seem to have been having spent time on something (which im very eager to see) …. but it’s good to see your thinking.
Interestingly, The Catholic Thing has a critical post today about the papal letter approving a certain interpretation of Amoris Laetitia, but has at the same time disabled all comments. It seems their opinion now is that criticism is OK if it is done in a controlled fashion (i.e. only by the editors). Not that I want to see 1P5 go that way, but it is understandable.
Obedience to the Church. It may be worthwhile to develop this a little. The “Church” is often characterized, which turns the term “obedience to the Church” in a false direction. So, consider that the “Church” is the Mystical Body of Christ. Christ is the Truth. The teachings of Jesus Christ cannot be changed by anyone, including a pope. Once we begin to define the visible church (which includes hierarchy) as the Church, we can become confused. This hierarchy it not only leading us in the wrong direction…it has done everything that the recent post on this page says it has done. It is not to be trusted. The man in charge is not operating to clarify the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but rather he is dismantling it, brick by brick and many of the faithful are none the wiser. We should all ask Jesus, through his Blessed Mother, to SHINE THE LIGHT OF TRUTH on the Church so that all can see with clarity and simplicity what is being done at this time.