A while back, I linked to my friend Pat Archbold’s multi-part series on “actuating the schism.” It was long. It was involved. And it wasn’t particularly optimistic.
Today, I’m linking to Pat’s latest piece. It’s significantly shorter – basically a full page of bullet points. I think it’s fair to say it’s more important. And it’s certainly far more hopeful. And helpful. Here are the first few:
- This crisis did not start with Pope Francis.
- This crisis will not end with Pope Francis – and it won’t end with you.
- Many people are just now awakening to the nature of the crisis.
- Our job is to help guide them. People just waking up to the distress of this papacy may not yet have realized how they got here.
- Don’t trip up somebody headed your way.
- Remember, somebody gave you the red pill, too. You can’t give what you haven’t received.
The list is too short to give you much more without stealing the whole darn thing. So just a couple more favorites:
- The Novus Ordo is not good, but some of the Catholics who attend it are. Better than you, maybe. Priests too.
- You know that diocesan priest who learned the TLM and who every Sunday drives an hour each way to say the mass for you? While he doesn’t do it for you specifically, make sure to say thank you anyway. Over beer is even better.
Go over to Creative Minority Report and read the whole thing. Sometimes simplicity is best. It’s a fantastic list. It’s a great way to get some perspective heading into 2019.
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.