By Charlie Johnston
I have put up a new link at the top bar on the Page for various versions of the Song of Thanksgiving. Kitty Cleveland has finished composing hers, but it will still be a few weeks before it is recorded in a way I can link to here. I am pretty excited to hear (yes, just like you, I have not heard it yet).
I have some updated information on the Atlanta and Ft. Lauderdale visits in the “Upcoming Events” bar. For those of you near Tallahassee or Birmingham, I am just making small private meetings, so if you want to get together, contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week I will be working out details of the New England trip in July. As of right now, I am tentatively planning to visit Philadelphia, Newark, Boston, New Hampshire, Upstate New York – and then Cleveland on my way back to Denver. Now for those of you who are hosts, if you want to have a volunteer video my talk in your city, I will put it up in a new link if you send me the video.
I really liked this article on Pope Francis. One thing that strikes me is that he does like to shake things up. I know I liked to have some people around with dissenting views, lest we get caught up in a groupthink that gets progressively more divorced from the reality of what people are actually thinking and concerned about. Dissenters always keep you on your toes. When they are right, they keep you from falling deeper into error. When they are wrong,
they help direct you towards what you need to explain with more clarity. The thing I think about a lot is how Pope Francis let things just float where they would in the first session of the Synod on the Family, then finished it off by giving a clear, concise, charitable but firm declaration of Church teaching and doctrine. I took more than a little bit of pleasure when a prominent leftist wrote an article in the National Catholic Reporter denouncing Pope Francis as a “homophobic Pope.” Just doing his job, baby!
Just about a year ago, I sharply criticized Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski for invoking spiritual authority to insist upon a single political approach to the problem of illegal immigration. I rather tartly ended by hoping that Archbishop Wenski was as bold in proclaiming the fundamentals of the faith as he was in proclaiming his political opinions. I must confess, after a year’s worth of evidence, it seems to me he is – and downright courageous about it, too.
The good Archbishop has been second to none in insisting on fidelity to authentic Catholic Doctrine – and in speaking boldly about the new discrimination and persecution rising against Christians in the West. I reckon we could still have sharp words over some political issues, but he clearly is a bold advocate of the faith and of freedom. It makes me glad that he is a prominent American Archbishop.
Our friend, Daniel O’Connor, wrote an intriguing piece on the satanic deception involved in all this “gender theory” nonsense. I thought it made some excellent points – and dovetails nicely with my piece yesterday.
Meantime, with the Encyclical on the Environment coming out in a matter of weeks, I enjoyed this summary piece by Fred Singer in the American Thinker on how there is a push to massage the data again. A lot of it is technical and refers to more technical data, but it summarizes the gist of the issue while giving you plenty of information you can follow up with to work with raw data and see where this is headed, whose interests are at play, and where the players land.