A few minutes before 11 a.m central time, the matching grant from NCR supporter Rachel Lustig was met. Thanks to Rachel for the challenge and thanks for all who helped. And we have surpassed our goal for the week: we're just past the $100,000 mark! Wow. Thanks so much to all of you who have given.
Very soon the videos and pleas for money will be gone from the website. We'll let you visit unencumbered so that you find what here of importance, whether that's news or analysis. Maybe be you are looking for a bit of inspiration. On weekends we post scripture reflections from Fr. Roger Karban or Patricia Datchuck Sánchez. The Soul Seeing columns written by Mike Leach and his stable of writers have proven popular in print and on the web.
We only interrupt your unfettered access to what NCR has to offer one week out of the year. The other 51 weeks we won't both you. But I do hope you understand how critically important this one week interruption is.
Over the past year, more times than I can count, many people have observed and I have agreed that this is a very exciting time to be in Catholic journalism. That is so true. There is an excitement in church circles that I have not seen in years. Many of us wondered if how long Pope Francis would continue to draw so much media attention. We're still wondering. The world watches closely what Francis says and doesn't say, what he does or doesn’t. Slowly we see his style being emulated at national, local, even parish levels. While we have been welcoming of so much the pope offers, that doesn't mean we haven't also been critical. We will continue to speak strongly for an independent, adult lay Catholicism.
I can also pledge to you that NCR won’t just be following the story from the Vatican level. We will have our reporters in the pews of parishes, sitting with the women religious, attending conferences with theologians, out in the fields with laborers for justice. That is the kind of reporting we do and the reason you come to our website.
Pope Francis has famously said: If the church stays in the sanctuary, the air gets stale and stifling. The church needs the fresh air of the streets. That’s where the NCR will be reporting from. That's my pledge to you. You can help me keep that pledge by donating now.
I know that not all of you have given. If you haven't yet made a donation, it's not too late. We'll be collecting online donations today and tomorrow. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
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