The End of the Beginning, Part II

By Charlie Johnston When he was in St. Louis and Milwaukee, Cardinal Timothy Dolan was an archetype of shrewd orthodoxy, a reliable defender of both the faith and the faithful. It was sometimes delightful to watch him elegantly skewer an attacker with a shrewd riposte. I miss that guy. Dolan announced he would not excommunicate […]

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The End of The Beginning, Part I

By Charlie Johnston As this decade began, every leftist leader in America – and most of the world – was pointing to Venezuela under the guidance of strongman Hugo Chavez, as the icon of what we should all aspire to become. They were downright fawning over how Chavez had shown how a “just” society could […]

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Counsel for the New Year

By Charlie Johnston Throughout the world, we are not what we once were. Whatever we will be after the existential agonies of these times have past, it will be something new. Whether sublimely good or horribly bad, it will not be what we have ever been before. There are a host of perils that face […]

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The Longest Night

I don’t really want to write anything until after Christmas. Maybe just a few notes to tide you over. In the last month I have spoken to about a dozen people I much respect who have had their faith shaken badly by events of this last year. Some have abandoned faith almost altogether, hanging on […]

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A Year of Judgment

By Charlie Johnston The iron rule of economics and of human behavior: What you reward you get more of and what you punish you get less of   Conventional wisdom says that the election was a split decision – with Democrats picking up the House and Republicans adding to their majority in the Senate. Conventional […]

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