By Charlie Johnston Back in May, I said that the raw numbers for excess deaths this year would ultimately tell us what the real deal with Covid was. Well, Mirabile Dictu! According to Johns Hopkins last month, there have been none. Death rates are the same as usual. Of course, a whole host of deaths […]Read More Is Covid a Miracle Cure?
(While I am going to clear Desmond Birch’s scholarly response on St. Ambrose when he has finished it, this discussion on the validity or lack thereof of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s resignation and Pope Francis’ Papacy is now finished. I know it is earlier than I originally said, but it is clear to me that most […]Read More The Foundation of Authority
(In my last piece, I said, in exasperation, that there is no “middle coming.” That was hyperbole – and wrong. I meant that there is no middle coming in the sense of Jesus coming in his normal humanity. I was frustrated because some have tortured the Church’s authentic teaching on the middle coming to mean […]Read More The Middle Coming
(Desmond Birch is one of the foremost living Eschatologists in the Church. He is, perhaps, best known for his great eschatological work, “Trial, Tribulation and Triumph: Before, During and After Antichrist.” Though meticulously detailed, it is a very accessible work for those who want to know what the Church formally teaches on this enigmatic subject. […]Read More More From the Fathers
By Charlie Johnston Last Sunday was a very important anniversary – the first of the great Revelation 12 event of a year ago, the event I count as the beginning of Rescue. Fr. Richard Heilman wrote a magnificent piece on the subject a few days before it arrived. Thirteen days after this great sign appeared […]Read More Then War Broke Out in Heaven
By Charlie Johnston On Tuesday, Texas held a special election for a State Senate seat that sprawls from San Antonio deep into west Texas. A deeply Hispanic district, it had been held by Democrats for the last 139 years – and the Democrat generally won with 55-60% of the vote. The establishment media chuckled that […]Read More Real Votes, Fatima, and Other Signs of Hope
By Charlie Johnston It was St. Augustine’s Confessions that sparked my conversion to Catholicism nearly three decades ago. In the summer of 1990 I had spent a lot of time reading Reformation-era thinkers; Erasmus, John Donne, St. John of the Cross and Martin Luther, even excerpts from King Henry VIII’s defense of Catholicism written just […]Read More The Love of My Life
By Charlie Johnston Last Tuesday was the Feast Day of St. Pius X – and also my first full day back in Denver after two and a half months. When I went to Mass, the Priest was not who I expected. Rather, it was a Priest known for his heterodoxy. I had long ago decided […]Read More Let There Be Light!
By Charlie Johnston “My soul magnifies the Lord” – The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) 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, “But he’s a Catholic.” Now that I am a Catholic, it annoys me equally to […]Read More The Ballad of the Ordinary Man, Part Two – The Fellowship of True Believers
(With the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, things have taken a new and dangerous turn. Former CIA Director John Brennan was unhinged in his reaction, with former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power warning how dangerous it is to anger Brennan. Up until the firing came, McCabe seemed unworried about anything but losing his […]Read More False Gods Falling