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 Ballad of the Ordinary Man, Part Two – The Fellowship of True Believers

By Charlie Johnston “My soul magnifies the Lord” โ€“ The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) ย  Back when I was a Protestant, it used to grate on me terribly to speak admiringly of a nobly inspiring character and have someone say, dismissively, โ€œBut heโ€™s a Catholic.โ€ Now that I am a Catholic, it annoys me equally to […]

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Love Among the Ruins

By Charlie Johnston Few people are shocked to learn that my Mom was 15 years old when I was born. Most are shocked to learn that she had been married to my Dad for over a year and a half when I arrived. She was married about a week after her 14th birthday when Dad […]

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