The Ice Age of the Republic

By Charlie Johnston I see a lot of stories these days that say various policies pushed from on high will have a “chilling” effect on freedom or public discourse. Seriously?! I suppose you can have a chillier wind blow even when it is already 20 below zero, but most rational folks do not use that […]

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Inviting Fire From Heaven

By Charlie Johnston Today, on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Pope Francis has dramatically restricted celebration of the Latin Mass. So, now it is right and proper to have an offering to a pagan goddess on the altar of Christ (Pachamama) but the celebration of the venerable form of Mass promulgated […]

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A Gentle Ray of Grace

By Charlie Johnston After all the hubbub from my last column, I was delighted to see a marvelous meditation by Fr. James Altman posted on the U.S. Grace Force website yesterday. It is insightful, it is bold, it is courageous, and it is charitable. This is the Fr. Altman who gave me heart for the […]

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Can the Center Hold?

By Charlie Johnston All three of my key Priests who guided me are Priests of Opus Dei. Such Priests, since its inception, have taken great pride in their fidelity to the Magisterium and their loyalty to the Holy Father. In the late 90’s and just after the turn of the millennium, I told my Priests […]

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Join Us In Prayer

By Charlie Johnston By now you are at the Conference in South Dakota, on your way, or aren’t going to be able to join us physically. But you can join us in prayer. You can share our intentions. Afterwards, we will have video available of speakers and events from the conference. I learned from my […]

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A Shift in the Tide?

By Charlie Johnston Despite efforts to get the Vatican to shut it down – and then efforts to allow unlimited discussion to filibuster the idea, the American Catholic Bishops voted overwhelmingly last week to go forward preparing a document on Eucharistic coherence. The issue now goes to committee to be drafted for full consideration by […]

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Pre-Game Tailgate Party

By Charlie Johnston There’s an old saying that the man who keeps the coolest head in the midst of crisis will ultimately prevail. The waggish modern corollary argues that the man who keeps the coolest head in the midst of crisis doesn’t really understand how big the problem is. I suspect that both aphorisms are […]

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Tools of the Trade

By Charlie Johnston When I first took over as managing editor of a group of suburban newspapers, I had utter contempt for the way most newspapers make their mistakes loud and long – but banish their corrections to small print on page 32. I vowed that, when we made mistakes, our corrections would be at […]

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