The official Filial Correction effort is restricted to a moderated list of signatories, including clergy, scholars, and other Catholics of a certain intellectual renown. This is all for the good, because it demonstrates with clarity that serious and credentialed figures are backing this effort.
As some of you know, however (I mentioned it briefly in an earlier post), I put together an informal petition in support of the official Filial Correction. The goal was simply to provide as many of the faithful as possible a way to show their concern to Rome, and to visibly give support to those brave Catholics who have put their careers and reputations on the line to make a stand for our faith.
As of this writing, we are only 248 signatures short of 10,000. That’s a pretty impressive number for a petition that wasn’t publicly launched until Sunday afternoon. It goes to show how much people care about the issues in play, and how much they want to see a change.
If you haven’t yet done it, I encourage you to sign the petition today.
Some of you have asked me why I used change.org to create the petition, which is (as has been brought to my attention) associated with some far-left causes.
To be brutally honest, change.org was the one site I knew off the top of my head. I had used it before, and was blissfully ignorant of any other associations. It’s a well-established site, it’s simple, and it works. I would have been open to changing sites, but after I put the first draft of the petition on my Facebook page looking for feedback, not signatures, I came back to find that it already had gained over 1600 signers in less than 24 hours.
Rather than trying to duplicate that effort, I just kept it going.
For those who want to sign something but feel strongly about not using change.org, LifeSiteNews and the Lepanto Institute teamed up to provide this petition on LifePetitions.com. Their own effort has garnered nearly another 4,000 signatures.
We’re all in this together, and our efforts are complimentary, so please sign whichever you feel most comfortable with — but sign!
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.