Seven months ago, I announced that I had lost my job, due in part to the efforts of certain individuals (bishops included) given my outspoken defense of the Faith.
At the time, I identified my options, one of them being shelving this effort and jumping back into corporate America. To be honest, I reluctantly remain open to this. Even though my heart’s not there, taking care of my family obligations is important, and let me just say that things cannot hold as they are.
The only other feasible option – humbling myself and asking for the help necessary to keep this blog moving forward – is the one I embraced.
I think it’s pretty obvious that this effort is exactly where my passions lie, and perhaps where my modest gifts are best used. It also appears to be the Lord’s will, which at the end of the day is all that matters.
Since August, thanks in large part to you (though I must admit to also raiding savings, robbing both Peter and Paul, and making sacrifices that impact my entire family), we’ve persevered and the blog has grown:
We now have a new name and a new look, an impressive collection of new contributors, and a lot more readers.
Unfortunately, the same is not true when it comes to donors and that’s my fault. I don’t really work at this – the fundraising, that is. My energies are almost entirely directed toward defending the Faith (with a dash of humor here and there).
That sounds great, but even in prayer, as Our Lord told us, more is required: Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened…
While I’m not inclined to wax dramatic, it has long since been time for me to ask, seek and knock, and with urgency at that. This effort is at a serious financial crossroads. It also happens that the Church, for her part, is at a very serious spiritual crossroads. On both fronts, the time to act is at hand.
Please consider making a one time donation, or a monthly donation of $10, $20, $50 or in any amount you may choose. I promise to use the resources provided to stand firm in defense of tradition in the face of every attack – no matter the source, no matter the personal cost.
How much are our efforts on akaCatholic needed? Just look at some “Catholic” media responses to Amoris Laetitia:
We’ve dodged a bullet! Nothing has changed! It’s a love letter to families! Let’s employ the hermeneutic of continuity! It lacks magisterial weight!
If you’ve been donating to those who have proven themselves to be in the business of growing their brand as opposed to building the Kingdom of Christ, stop now, redirect your support toward efforts that boldly defend the truth. Souls are at stake!
Surely akaCatholic isn’t the only blog with an international audience that has been critical of Amoris Laetitia and its defenders. And yet how many others likewise plainly condemned the heresy and the blasphemy for what it is; providing stunningly relevant citations from the Council of Trent that are beyond refutation?
I might also ask, other than akaCatholic, where is the Novus Ordo more soundly critiqued (recall Fr. Campo’s magnificent articles)? Where is the Social Kingship of Christ more often defended? Where are the Council documents scrutinized in greater detail (on religious liberty, ecumenism, relations with the Jews, etc.) and their errors revealed?
More specifically, which “traditional” Catholic media personalities stood with akaCatholic in protest when Justice Antonin Scalia was anointed a “devout traditional Catholic” in spite of his Americanism and his insistence, like that of Hillary Clinton, that unborn children having no Constitutional rights? The unfortunate truth is that even certain of these, my confreres, rebuked me for so defending the Catholic name.
Lastly, where else are commenters given so much latitude in sharing their own knowledge and expressing their own views, even in disagreement?
This blog, akaCatholic, is our effort – one that includes not just me and the other contributors, but also those commenters who offer their own insights, as well as every single reader who grows in faith here (and this includes no small number of priests) only to share that treasure with others in their own particular way.
The crisis in the Church has soared to new heights. So too must our response. I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to defend Catholic tradition, but I need your help.
Thanks in advance. Please know that I make your intentions my own.
Vivat Christus Rex!
Just yesterday on two separate occasions, two people told me that Amoris Laetitia is INFALLIBLE and I better be “obedient”.
So, in obedience to God and the protection of His Church I am sending you a recurring donation. I wish it could be more!
Is there any way to set up donations as recurring? I was only able to make a one-time donation.
It would be a great loss for the traditionalist movement to lose your blog. You obviously have a gift for writing, a fine mind for exploring the current crisis in the Church and most of all , a great love of the faith. Clearly, this is what God wants you to be doing at this stage in your life but he is counting on us, your faithful readers to enable you to do this. Count me in with a recurring donation and I will also donate as I am able. How sad that the enemies of the Church have unlimited dollars and you need to go to great lengths just to get by. Keep up your invaluable work for your reward in Heaven will be nothing less than God Himself.
Donation Sent. Money well given for the Salvation of Souls,
Friends, we can’t let this site go down. It’s one of the few good ones. Donate today.
We are very grateful to God for your work Louie. I’m already donating a fixed sum monthly. Wish I could do more financially. Will keep you and yours in my prayers. May the Divine Infant of Prague provide for you.
I have increased my monthly donation. God bless you, Louie.
Thank you for all you do for Our Lady and to advance the Social Reign of Jesus Christ, Her Son, Our King.
I would commit to monthly donation. I wish I can do automatic recurring so you can better plan your budget but I just don’t know when I have the money in my bank account. So I would do it manually for now. Like the other post said please pray to the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague. God Bless!
” I announced that I had lost my job, due in part to the efforts of certain individuals (bishops included)….”
Sue the swine for $10 million. There are hundreds of lawyers who know how to beat the bishops over sexual abuse who could do the same over job abuse.
I, too, have added a modest monthly recurring contribution. Fellow readers, this is the best way to support good sites such as this. Recall what happened to another site (which no longer gets my premium membership fee) that was dependent on one large contributor. Louie, you have my gratitude for the suffering you have endured on behalf of the Truth. I pray that my, and other small contributors, will enable you to continue this noble effort. I benefit much more than the humble amount I am providing. Thank you.
Dear Louie, for what my prayers are worth I have thought of you and your family and your financial predicament and prayed for you today in the Apparition Chapel in Fatima and will continue to do so over the next two days that I’m here. God bless you and keep you. PS. I am also praying for the contributors to this blog as well as all the commentators also. Mike.
Your blog shines forth true Catholicism and I wish to support your work.
I attempted to provide a donation through the Amazon Smiles program. Unfortunately, Amazon Smiles did not report a listing under akaCatholic.com (with/without spaces, changing capitals, etc.).
I examined the Amazon Smiles hyperlink from one of your pages, and it appears that the link identifies your site as “harthefruofva”. Amazon Smiles found no charity under the name Harvesting The Fruit. I also tried several variations on that name, relying on my technology background, but all was to no avail. It appears that you or your webmaster would need to contact Amazon Smiles with the new site name.
When your site is listed in the Amazon Smiles program, please do announce the update. Then I will make updates on my end. I do a lot of shopping through Amazon — I’m homebound due to disabilities — and I’d be delighted to help support you this way. Meanwhile, I will send you a check via USPS.
May God bless you and all your readers!
I also “donate” through Amazon. I click on the yellow and black large Amazon “sign” in the upper right hand area of this blog. It will not show up until you are actually into one of Louie’s posts, but once I am on a post, I click onto that icon, and I am onto the Amazon website. I then shop as usual. I am hoping that Louie has received donations from my frequent shopping there.
But, then again, I really have no way of knowing if he is.
Please let me know if you are not receiving some contributions from my shopping, Louie. Thank you.
God bless you and the family you are trying to support. You do great work. Will keep you in my prayers. I can’t give more at this time as I’m in critical situation due to ongoing illness, etc., and in danger of losing small home, and have several causes to support. Your sister in Christ.