Just Say No (Updated)

St. Thomas More

By Charlie Johnston

Arghhh! I was supposed to note yesterday that I will give my last presentation of the spring this Sunday, April 10. It will be in the St. Louis area. Actually, it will be in downtown Belleville, Illinois – where I lived for five years. That will give me a chance to visit some old friends, old haunts, and my favorite Shrine in the Country (Our Lady of Snows). Come on down and bring a friend (either yours or mine). It will be at the Nicholls Center, 515 E. D Street, Belleville, IL 62220. Doors will open at 12:30 and we will begin at 1:00. Hope to see you then. Then I’m going home until the end of May.


We have just started our Easter quarterly fundraising appeal. Yeah, I know, I hate these things, too. But at CORAC we charge for nothing while offering a ton of services and activities – and we have to get the money somewhere to keep things afloat. In a little over a week, I will be working at designing and manufacturing the Brazen Serpent Prayer Cards to help those who are suffering vaccine remorse and, soon enough, vaccine panic. We will need about $10,000 for the initial order of those to give away. We are also now designing one-panel double-sided cards on how to deal with various emergency situations: loss of utilities, how to forage for food, identifying and purifying water supplies and more. They will be easy to pack up and carry with you. We are putting together a clearing house of employers and skilled employees who did not take the Covid shot for easy access to those who lost their jobs or just want to work for a company that values freedom and fundamental human rights. We are presenting on-line catechism classes each week, led by the noted eschatologist, Desmond Birch. Our prayer teams are putting a prayer-in-action initiative to connect people who have loved ones that are far from home and isolated with people who live in those areas so that we better care for each other and make stronger the bonds between all of us – and give distant relatives some peace of mind.

Besides all that, we continue to run the homeopathy classes for all, we are running new sustainability classes in gardening and preparing solar array instruction videos, expanding our ham radio network across the nation, and building a system where people can set up home school consortiums across the country. And with all of this, we still keep our monthly nut at just around $10,000. I know that the Biden economy is taking a big toll on all of us – but we continue to be responsible and frugal…and give all who come an opportunity to work together to make their families and communities stronger. Please give us the biggest donation you can today. You can donate online or send a check to: CORAC, 18208 Preston Rd., Ste. D9-552, Dallas, Texas 75252. If you are put off at all by that “suite” number, go to the office and you will find it is a FedEx Mail Delivery service. We do a lot, but we are what we called down south a “cornbread and butterbeans” operation. We are the opposite of the government, which takes a lot from you and only gives you a little. Our way is to ask a little of you and give you a lot. Strike a blow for faith, family and freedom.

By the way, this is NOT the section of this article that the title of this piece refers to.


I had tuna for lunch yesterday. Or maybe it was beef or turkey – after all, I am not a biologist. Thank God I am an ordinary fellow and not a Supreme Court nominee. I know the difference between a man and a woman – and that I had tuna for lunch yesterday. Viva la difference!



A biologically male cyclist was cut from a British women’s race after a huge number of the women who actually have female chromosomes and plumbing threatened to boycott the race en masse if he was allowed to compete against them.

It is hideous that it has reached this point, but if women’s sports are to be saved from male opportunists and predators, we are going to have to learn to just say no to the nonsense. It is not, of course, just women’s sports at stake, but our culture generally. The predatory purple-haired, nose-ringed weirdos are in an absolute meltdown that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the anti-grooming bill that prevents these cultural barbarians from talking about sex to our smallest children. They have reacted like a vampire to a crucifix, hissing and spitting. God bless him, Gov. DeSantis just said no – and parents in Florida can breathe a lot easier.

In other areas we have to think creatively to provide an alternative. In Communist Poland, which was heavily Catholic despite the government’s hatred and hostility, to be recognized, a marriage had to be done through the government. The hardy Poles adapted: they got the marriage credential from the state organs and then got their real marriage in the Church. The state could require all it wanted, but the actual practice of the Poles made the state increasingly irrelevant, ripe for the taking when St. John Paul the Great gave it a good shove. Perhaps women should form women’s athletic leagues open only to biological women. Go ahead and compete in the adulterated nonsense the NCAA is promoting, but then get the real results and records in the leagues they create. It will make the NCAA more irrelevant than it already is – and give everyone the opportunity to compete on a genuinely level playing field.

I am utterly worn out with all the “marginalized” stuff. Obtaining the sobriquet of “marginalized” is the weird modern path to power and privilege. Enough. The process of socialization means adapting ourselves to others to be part of the larger group. There is a LOT more room for variety within that context than woke “thinkers” acknowledge. Even in high school, one of our friends was gay. We all thought, well, that’s kind of weird, but she is okay…and everything went on as normal. Nobody, including the girl in question, thought everyone should affirm and celebrate her peculiarity – just go on as normal.

My sophomore counselor in high school became a trusted confidante. He was sent to be a principal at an elementary school in the district my junior year. In my senior year he came back as the high school principal. After the first few weeks of school, he took me aside and asked me what had happened to me while he was gone. I didn’t quite understand. He elaborated, “When I left you were one of those smart kids that was kind of a twink (his exact term). Those kids usually get bitter, resentful and withdrawn. I come back and you are the biggest big man on campus I’ve ever seen. What happened?” I laughed and told him I always liked people, that sometimes I WAS kind of weird, and I never could much resent people who noticed. So I kept liking people generally and most of them decided they liked my kind of weird. He laughed and said he wished he could bottle that attitude and give it to every smart kid who was kind of a twink early on.

We can all just get along if we would only try. But it is just stupid to try to take the weirdest quirks of a few people and try to make it the norm for everyone. We have to learn to say no to this stuff without rancor, but fight like mad when anyone attempts to impose it upon us. We can all live with each other’s weird quirks without being forced to adopt them ourselves.


One of the things we have done at CORAC without making much ado about it is making provision for Priests and Pastors who are persecuted. We have places where they can stay and embryonic support networks. It is a good preparation – but a lot trickier than it looks.

Our purpose is to build and strengthen the hierarchy in conformity with the direction of Jesus Christ and the Magisterium. There is some persecution of some Priests from within for their fidelity to the Magisterium. But, as with any organization, there are some Priests who want to claim persecution when they don’t get their way – or when their interpretation of a matter does not prevail, but a different, though reasonably legitimate interpretation does. The Bishop runs the Diocese. If someone wants to claim the mantle of persecuted because the Bishop has authority that he doesn’t, that is not sufficient. A Priest has a greater duty of obedience to his Bishop than a layman does – both an administrative duty as well as a deeper spiritual duty. That does not bother me. In fact, it is how it should be. During the course of my investigation by my Archdiocese, I voluntarily accepted a mildly greater duty of obedience than the average layman, though not nearly as extensive as that of a Deacon or Priest. That means that, on many matters, the Bishop’s judgment is binding whether it is contrary or not to an affected individual’s judgment.

Yet a Bishop’s judgment is not omnipotent in all things. A Priest may fully and licitly dissent from a Bishop’s spiritual judgment if it is contrary to the clear meaning of Christ’s words or the Magisterium – and from his administrative judgment if it involves the risk of physical harm. Thus, if a Priest has been cancelled by his Bishop because he preached that homosexuality is contrary to Scripture, for example, we want to help that Priest. Though it is not widely known, there are more than a few Bishops in this country who will take in Priests who have been persecuted for orthodoxy by unworthy Bishops. The vaccine mandates in a Diocese are a case of administrative abuse. Even before the evidence started accumulating on how dangerous these Covid shots are, it only took a little examination to determine that it was a type of gene therapy never attempted on humans before, that it had been disastrous in animal trials, and that effective therapies were being vigorously suppressed. A Bishop who imposed mandates on his Priests or his flock without doing this rudimentary level of investigation failed God and betrayed the flock he was charged with protecting. These are legitimate and serious grounds for lawful resistance.

So I worry about how to help those Priests who are cancelled for the latter grounds while staying away from those who are merely willful and want to be their own Bishop. The ideal for any Priest who has been cancelled for abusive reasons is to get regularized in a Diocese that values orthodoxy. If he is not interested in that, there is a serious problem with him. The goal is to build up the Church in orthodoxy and union, not in making further divisions by clerics who just want to have their own way in all things.

Then there is timidity. I had one Priest contact me from a particular Diocese with a seemingly genuine concern. I vetted him by checking with other Priests in the Diocese who I knew and trusted and whose discretion I trusted as well. It checked out. But the Priest insisted that I be the only one in contact with him. At a minimum, if we are going to refer to any resources, a Priest must communicate with the head of the committee and the Regional Coordinator. If he is not willing to do that, we cannot help. I have not heard back from him since I told him that.

I will not report a Priest to his Bishop for any inquiry he makes. But even if he is theologically or politically perfectly in line with me, I will not help for reasons of mere willfulness. We are called to build up the Church, not dismantle it.

For now, I am very restrained – for neither the committee head nor I have worked through all the dangers involved and the safeguards necessary. If persecution suddenly comes in a large way from outside, we have been building up a network that can and will house both persecuted Priests and Bishops. In all things, the question is how to build up the City of God.

It brings to mind a fundamental principle we must all seek to imprint ever more deeply in our hearts. It is easy to be reactionary – to rush in to try to correct any perceived wrong. But that often leads to correcting one abuse with another one that is equally bad – or even worse. (Sounds like American government these days, doesn’t it?) We have to use our reason and judgment not just to see abuses, but the potential for abuses in how we respond to them and so, how to follow Christ’s dictum to judge righteous judgment. It is why I counsel deliberation in all things. We must work to always be bold in the things we do and never be brash. Let us adopt the principle that so many in the medical profession have abandoned: First, do no har

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22 thoughts on “Just Say No (Updated)

  1. Thank you Charlie for your help.  I do have question about meeting at the church if anything happens, however, in Omaha we have lots of churches. We are members of our FSSP CHURCH, but I don’t think anyone is on board with this. So what should I do with our family? Thank you for all you do, Mary Miller

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    1. I have a similar question. We go to a really small church in Greenville, TX. It is unlikely we would find fellow CORAC members. Suggestions would be helpful.


      1. M M. And Cindy, I had no CORAC members around me either… until I started visiting with friends about the troubles in the world around us and I then told them about CORAC and how people were connecting and using their skills to help and give hope. I then launched into inviting others to taste and see the CORAC website. It worked! People around me are joining just because of the little I did by taking time to visit about CORAC and inviting folks to explore the website.

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        1. I’ve been telling my friends in my area for YEARS about Charlie and have had no success that I can think of. It’s like Mayberry where I live already. Most of them farm , grow gardens, chickens 🐓 livestock, 🌾 wheat, corn etc etc etc. Most go to church either daily or at least weekly! We have a very regular attendance of adorers for adoration. The people in our neck of the wood live their life very simply. Most of the families of one family live on the same street. Everyone is encircled with farmland and you here people target 🎯 practicing often! It used to scare me at first until I realized these people are just good ole boys who love their faith, family and free rights!

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          1. Perhaps, Linda, you can approach things differently and simply have a neighborhood gathering to build and/or deepen friendships. I don’t know where you’re at on sharing prophecies, but I surely wouldn’t go there at all in the meetings. It doesn’t take prophecy to see what we are living. In addition, only God knows which prophecies are actually authentic and which are going to be fulfilled in a literal way or a figurative way or not at all like it seems and then there’s the truth that He will interject all manner of surprises. Best way to acknowledge Him in the neighborhood gatherings is to note that He has a Plan to set things right and He’s counting on us to partner with Him in the work. 🙂

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            1. Ha! Funny you mention that! I just told Char last week Mike n I would like to have them all over this summer for a steak 🥩 and asparagus! We promised fr Francis (who was here for Charlie’s talk a year ago we would!) He said, “ I like steak and asparagus!” Lol. We gather together every morning for Mass and Bible studies we are like what I like to call, “a foretaste of heaven!🥰🥰🥰🙏✝️ we are truly blessed. And I agree with you on that we don’t need to discuss what’s coming. We all know. The Holy Mass and our priests are our anchor🙏✝️

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            2. Linda, I’ve been pondering this post a bit.

              At our regional meeting last week, several Squirrels said succinctly: “Our region IS Mission Territory!!” It was a light-bulb moment for someone who has only ever known living (in mission territory) while either consciously or unconsciously longing/aiming for “Mayberry” my whole life.

              In this stiff-necked, keep-to-yourself, part of the world, I suspect, we will see a tremendous movement to true unity, the more things come apart. Because even here, God is touching hearts. I also strongly suspect, the peeps most open to this will not look like what any one person might think they would look like.

              That all sounds unclear. Our oldest moved to TN. She said with a bit of wonderment: “Mom, here NO ONE would think of missing Sunday mass (or church service)! It is the heart and fabric of how they live and socialize.” Contrast that with Region Mission Territory, where kid sports are the church service.

              We have mucho wood to chop. Two thoughts give me hope, even though I am every increasingly appreciating Charlie’s words that “all will lose hope” even as we all school ourselves to tnrs.
              The first is where sin abounds grace abounds more. The second is from DFOT, Anne saying that for some of us, we should reconcile ourselves to the fact that Our Lord maybe asking us to start work here—that won’t come to fruition until much later, after death, etc. Iow, (my understanding) not all of us are going to see fruits here.

              It all has to be held loosely, clinging to God, tnrs and all. +Jesus, I Trust in You+ and Keep on Keepin’ on, all!


              1. Consider the old saying, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” Consider a world where everything comes tumbling down: a worldwide foxhole we shall be. God allows the tumbling to bring about a beautiful result of His end game: reclaiming His children.

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  2. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … PM 😉


    Wat!!?? Ya mean just like ChinaJoe Ventriloquist’s Administration & USA LeftMedia??



    The DC/(Global Re-Set) Swamp is Broad & Deep …. Rich, Powerful and Dangerous.
    THEY who control food, fuel, medicine & money supply controls YOU/YOURS.
    The godless Great Re-Set is only one “Crisis” away!
    THEY know THEY are very close and, I’ll bet, THEY will make a Big Move to insure that “Crisis” happens prior to Election 22 here and foment all sorts of unpleasantness elsewhere. THEY must distract Citizens from ALL THEIR Election, Media, and Medical Corruption/Incompetence ……. Plus ALL the Pervert Overreach in Churches, Schools & Gubermint!








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  3. Shoot I wasn’t done with my reply!!! 😂😂😂. So I was going to finish off by saying that I hadn’t thought of inviting them to explore the CoRaC site! Boy there sure are a lot of useful info in that site! I’ll be sending in my Easter 🐣 gift 🎁 here soon, Charle! Thanks everyone for all the great tutorials on the CoRaC site!

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  4. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉







    I’m an Ol’ Campaigner here and thought, sifting news/article/talk radio and prayer, that The Dam was failing in 08 …. like many other people of Faith &/or Good Will.
    I still personally believe that God “sent” Trump to give US four years to Wake-Up!
    Perhaps it’s just my fevered old brain …. or perhaps Lent & Eastertide a coming … but …. I’m watching The Usual Suspects in a Fever Pitch Mode and Mocking God in His Face … Proudly and Publicly …. whilst persecuting, intimidating and silencing People of Faith ….. in USA/CANADA/EU!
    Be it The Abortion Agenda till 28 Days after birth, The Pervert Agenda in Kindergarten thru College, Border Floodgates of Fentanyl, Sex Traffickers, Criminal Gangs or The Totality, two years worth, of ChinaPlague Criminal Conspiracy ….. Plus the untold destruction of Human lives, livelihoods and Faith in Anything. ….. Get Ready!!

    I’m betting that the 6 Jan DC Insurrection Hoax was run out of the very same corrupt FBI “Political Disinformation Office”. Corrupt FEDs belong in GITMO ’cause THEY are nothing less than Terrorists!

    “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – Geo. Santayana.
    Has anyone been taking note of the ever more vitriolic verbiage of the THEY-LEFT since 08? It would do Tojo & Goebbels “Proud” ;-( … THEY are after Thee & me!!

    I’m still waiting for news of Hunter’s awful Fentanyl OD and ChinaJoe resigning in order to spend time with “Family”! Perhaps he & Bro James can spend some quality time in de Big House?
    Dark Humor aside. We are dealing with people who think nothing of muder in the womb, giving death sentances to Gramps/Granny in the old folks homes or turning a Blind Eye to violent killers, drug lords and pimps. …… or commiting my Comrades in Arms to battle if it will enhance THEIR quest for power & $$$ ;-(



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    1. Boy, I sure do sympathize with your comments, CrewDog. It can be awfully hard for us old geezers to explain to young folks what America used to be and why we loved it so much. I was talking with a dear friend this week about how her grandfather and I used to chat about this and that (her grandpa had been a Democratic Chairman for a while) and about politics and have so much fun. She said, mournfully, that back in those days, you could do that and enjoy each other. You could – and the day will come when you can again.

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  5. This may be too long to post but it makes a lot of sense to me about the globalist reset and why we need to keep on prepping! Ha! It’s Fr Heilman, a priest guest (I haven’t memorized his name yet,) and Doug Barry

    (I think it’s easy for people to look up the latest Grace Force podcast release. ~BH)

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    1. I personally know Fr. Mike Lightner, Linda. His sister spends time in my city, and through her I met her brother. He’s a sincere and hard-working priest who loves his flock. At the same time, he’s speaking from personal opinion on the Reset, both from a prophetic view and from what he’s read concerning the reported plans of the globalists. He is NOT an authority on either topic. I do love the way he renamed the Victory Gardens, as they were known in WWII, to Our Lady of Victory Gardens as he encourages everyone to begin growing them.

      What Charlie has been speaking to and writing about concerning prophecy is a much wiser mindset to take as we live what we must in these days. Nobody on earth, absolutely no one, knows exactly what God will allow from the plans of the globalists. Just maybe God will somehow turn the plan for a One World Government and Religion on its head, using elements of the globalists’ plan to bring about the part of His Own Plan with one flock under one shepherd. Who knows? No one for sure and certain. A major event could find the bad actors on a level playing field with the common folk as we all are stunned by an event – or events – which bring us to our knees and dramatically changes life as we now know it. Perhaps the underground bunkers (built to keep the rich guys from experiencing the purifying elements of God’s Plan) will become their tombs. Who knows? Not a single person. I say all this so that we simply note that various people are attracted to their interpretations of various prophecies and when parts of those prophecies contradict each other, it can’t be that all the various interpretations fondly held by individuals will come to pass.

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      1. Thanks for all that Beckita for my peace was actually disturbed by that interpretation so I needed to hear (see) that! 😂.

        You’re right…who knows how it will all pan out so might as well just keep on acknowledging God, taking the next right step and try to be signs oh hope!🥰🙏✝️🥳🐰

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  6. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉








    Not to Worry!! ChinaJoe’s DOD will address this as soon as they have purged the Military of “White Supremacists”, Anti-Vaxxers and those not sufficiently supportive of the LGBTQIA ….Agenda!






    The amalgam of Fringe Radical Groupies that compose The Democrat Party .. In-Action!




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