Can You Hear Me Now?

By Charlie Johnston The symbolism in the fire that destroyed much of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on the first day of Holy Week is so starkly obvious that almost everyone, including secular commentators, have opined about it. It is a metaphor both for the faithlessness that stalks the Church and for the precipitous decline […]

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The Challenge Before Us

(I am out of town until Sunday. Perusing over some old articles, I thought this one – which I originally published on Dec. 31, 2014 – was worthy of a reprise. Interestingly, Susan Skinner – who writes the Veil of Veronica site, and I first met each other because we had basically the same vision […]

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Invincible Armor

By Charlie Johnston “Hear me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him.” – Jesus Christ, Mark 14-15 When I was on the road over the last few years, occasionally I […]

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Concerning Islam

(I have been struggling with the bug that has been going around these last few dates. A commenter asked me to reprise what I had written about Islam a few years ago. I published this piece in November, 2015. The only thing I would change comes in Item 4 of my summary at the bottom, […]

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Clergy Be Holy

(Two of the things that worry me these days are actually flip sides of a single coin. On the one hand, I worry that some people are going to be indiscriminate about condemning honorable – though sometimes timid – clerics because of the hideous behavior of some in the clergy. On the other, I worry […]

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A Terrible Resolve

(A few housekeeping notes: 1) Of late, some commenters have adopted excessively salty language, which we frown on here. I have instructed moderators either to not clear such comments or, if the comment has compelling value, to edit out excessive saltiness before clearing it. 2) I was stunned to discover on Facebook that I have […]

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