By Charlie Johnston I speak occasionally about “first principles,” those fundamental principles which, if you get solidly embedded in your mind, will guide you effectively in just about any circumstance. A corollary in examining an issue would be “first questions,” those questions that get to the heart of a matter with direct simplicity. One of […]Read More Is It Just? – Short Takes
By Charlie Johnston A week and a half into the accusations leveled by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, some patterns are becoming clear. Vigano and those who support him cite verifiable evidence, facts and timetables. The defenders of the Pope just smear the accusers and try to change the subject. Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich said […]Read More American Bishops I Admire
By Charlie Johnston “Great ones of the world, will your hearts always be hardened? Your Life has come down from heaven: will you not now at last rise with him and live? But how can you rise if you are in high places and your clamour reaches heaven? Come down from those heights, for then […]Read More The Barren Lands – Short Takes
By Charlie Johnston It is often said by conservative (and moderate) commentators that the hard left destroys everything it touches. When you look at establishment news outlets, entertainment, sports, even comedy, it is hard to disagree. Just in the last 100 years, rulers of socialist nations have murdered between 100-120 million of their own people. […]Read More Our Turn in the Box
By Charlie Johnston No matter what Robert Mueller dredges up, I will stand with Donald Trump and the legitimately elected government. It wasn’t always that way. Two years ago, I opposed Trump; a year and a half ago, I regarded him with disdain; now I stand foursquare behind him, warts and all. That is because […]Read More On the Bank of the Rubicon – Short Takes
By Charlie Johnston I pray an intricate private Rosary. One of the things I do is offer each decade of a mystery for a specific, fixed intention. My literal intention for the third decade of each mystery is, “…to the honor of and seeking the intercession of St. John Paul the Great, whom I claim […]Read More Is the Pope Catholic?
By Charlie Johnston “If Francis had been Pope when you came into the Church, would you have still come in?” It was a clever question posed to me a few months ago by a shrewd friend. I had been a great admirer of St. John Paul the Great for over a decade before I was […]Read More The Foundation of Authority: Mileposts on the Road to Rome