“Who are these LifeSiteNews people?”, asked a group of solid US Catholic cardinals at a small, private meeting in Washington two years ago.
(We know this from a very reliable source who attended the meeting).
They asked the question because they were very pleased to find out it was us who had been courageously covering an important church related issue that no one else was covering.
It’s likely many of them don’t know who we are because of a tendency to rely upon establishment media and information sources, and “professional Catholic” advisers in their bureaucracies.
But they are increasingly being exposed to the ‘other side of the story’ from LifeSiteNews reports.
At a “confidential” strategy meeting in Canada to address a group’s inappropriate support for an immoral sex-education program, a Catholic education trustee warned everyone present:
“Watch out for those LifeSiteNews people, they have spies everywhere.”
We all had a good laugh when we heard this.
After all, our informant was not a “spy,” he just happened to be there.
He was just one of many very concerned people who think LifeSiteNews has to be told about such developments because, unlike most other media, we will actually do something about them – and do it well.
Our “spy” was concerned about the harm he knew this program would cause and did not know where else to turn other than LifeSiteNews.
This is what we are told again and again.
We are constantly amazed by the massive amount of information we receive by email, by telephone, and hand-written notes (often with accompanying documents), about what was said and done in “confidential” meetings pertaining to issues we cover.
In the majority of these cases, we never asked for the information or were not even aware that the meeting or event had taken place.
Why do people do this? Go out of their way and courageously take the risk of telling people who are essentially strangers about these serious matters regarding life, family, faith, and freedom?
For starters, we have a strong track record of fidelity to the principles that we espouse and are never afraid to report what has to be reported.
But I think more than that, the quality of our staff has always been trusted.
Not only are ALL LifeSiteNews staff persons of integrity, faith, and excellent formation – they are also professional journalists.
We are known to investigate, to verify, to consult outside authorities, and to write our articles with multiple editors reviewing every report before it gets published.
However, it is the ability of our reporting to generate change where all other efforts have failed, that especially sets LifeSiteNews apart.
It would take pages to explain all the details of how we operate, but a few years ago in Sept. 2009 John Jalsevac wrote a letter, “Follow along a day in the life of LifeSiteNews” (Note that many of the personalities have changed, our staff is a lot larger now and we are reaching many million more readers now)
Many readers commented, after reading the article, that they had no idea just how much was involved in getting out our news each day.
In my humble opinion, LifeSiteNews has the best news service staff in the world. They are the heart, soul, and source of the strength of our mission.
These are all of our full, part-time, and volunteer reporters, plus the support staff who have become absolutely essential to this rapidly growing truth-in-news service.
This is our family. And we would like you to be a part of it!
Only 12 days remain to reach our minimally needed goal of $200,000.
I hope you’ll agree this is a very reasonable goal for an operation of this size, that reaches so many millions of people around the world with the truth on life, family and culture.
To help you better understand our reliance on these quarterly campaigns, see my letter from last year titled “Why we're such beggars.“
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P.P.S. Please enjoy some wonderful quotes by G.K. Chesterton posted in a comment today that we feel really apply to our mission and philosophy and what we try to emphasize in our reporting and comments articles:
- “There are an infinite number of ways to fall, but there is only one way to stand.”
- “I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.”
- “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”
- “Be careful not to be so open-minded that your brains fall out.”
- “I want a church that moves the world not one that moves with it”
- “Take away the supernatural and what remains is the unnatural”
- “Only a live fish can swim against the current, the dead go with it.”
- “When men cease to believe in God they do not thereafter believe in nothing; they believe in anything!”