That They May Be One

I’m excited to share a wonderful sign of hope with you, Friends. At the start of this month, I attended the 2020 Encounter Conference in Toledo, Ohio where the gathered crowd spanned the generations from babies to grandparents. About 2600 predominantly Catholic attendees were joined by some brothers and sisters from other denominations while the […]

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Into the Ring of Fire

By Charlie Johnston When I was a young man, I was an environmentalist. Actually, I still am – but hold “movement” environmentalists in utter contempt. I was in my early 20’s when I realized that movement environmentalists had no clue what they were talking about. It was all about showing how clever and noble they […]

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Opening Skirmishes

By Charlie Johnston Appeasement is provocative to dictators. It merely encourages them to push harder and intimidate more. Ronald Reagan insisted that we would attain “peace through strength.” When he did so, the left and the media all accused him of being a warmonger – and shrieked that we were “all going to die.” Any […]

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An Encrustation of Barnacles

By Charlie Johnston I believe that Pope Francis is the legitimately elected Pope. In fact, I will go further than that and say I HOPE he is the legitimately elected Pope. The great controversies in the history of the Church have been the fertile ground in which authentic doctrinal development and refinement has been accomplished. […]

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The Season Begins

By Charlie Johnston “Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this son of York” -Richard III, William Shakespeare This Advent Season is pregnant both with expectation of the birth of Christ and with the fearful expectation of great dysfunctions to come. In almost every major area, we have had greater and […]

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Leaving the Shire

By Charlie Johnston Things are speeding up yet again. The runaway train our culture, politics and formal religion has become shows no sign of applying the brakes in time to avoid a crash. If it is now unlikely that anyone driving this dysfunctional train can get things back under stable control, panic can cause those […]

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My Hierarchy of First Things

By Charlie Johnston Everyone knows that we have entered uncharted waters that are very choppy – both in the Church and in the world. My whole life has been a journey through choppy, uncharted waters. The choices I made led me to the Catholic Church, animated by an unshakeable faith in the existence and providence […]

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Les Jeux Sont Faits

By Charlie Johnston The title to this piece is a shout-out to our French readers. It means the same thing as the English idiom, “The die is cast,” though I think the literal translation of the French provides a more vivid and clear picture than the English idiom. Literally, the French idiom says “The bets […]

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L’Chaim, To Life!

By Charlie Johnston Orangevale, California – When I was in my 20’s, while visiting family in Alabama, I spent an afternoon with a distant cousin (almost every time I am there, I discover relatives I have never previously heard of). He had one of the weirdest things I have ever seen: a glass gallon jar […]

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