By Charlie Johnston
At one of my presentations last year a man was taking copious notes. When I opened things up for questions he asked me when the comet was going to hit, on Wednesday or Thursday. I looked at him an astonishment and asked what in heaven’s name he was talking about. A little befuddled, he asked, “Aren’t you the guy who warns a comet is going to hit?” I replied, in obvious exasperation, that I had never said anything about a comet. “Oh, it must be somebody else,” he said. “Never mind.” The audience burst into loud laughter.
I recounted that incident here once before in explaining how baffling it is to frequently get weird questions about things I have never even contemplated, much less said. We have a Bishop who often comments here under the pseudonym of Yong Duk. He was so tickled by the story that every time I start to seem visibly flustered, he asks me when the comet is going to hit. (Yong Duk should have been a hockey player – he loves to agitate.) It has become a running joke here in the comments section, sometimes just for fun and others as a wry observation when it starts to get weird.
Imagine my amusement and surprise when I saw this story recounting that on this Monday and Tuesday in Holy Week we will have two comets pass as close to Earth as any have in several centuries. They are not scheduled to hit, but it is something of a near miss. So now you know – and to my questioner…all is forgiven.
Despite my best efforts, a few people are still trying to turn this site into a mere political argument. One fellow in particular keeps assuring me that Trump rules and Cruz drools – and complains that I am suppressing him by not publishing his tendentious political opinions. A few others send me the occasional missive to advocate for or against someone or links to endorsements.
The political scene is useful as it mirrors the vast cultural dysfunction we have entered and so we may comment on it in that context. But to worry about advocating for or against anyone here is just silly. It is literally like the chicken running briefly after its head is cut off because it does not know it is dead yet. Traditional politics as a means of treating our ills is dead. There are plenty of sites that are still running through the barnyard. If you must pretend politics is still relevant in a significant way, go there with all the other headless chickens. I just don’t care about it, except to the extent it reveals clues on the state of our broken culture and its trajectory.
We talk about important things here. Let the dead bury their dead.
Next month I will make a swing up to the Northeast, visiting Rhode Island, Vermont and Massachusetts. There will be at least three presentations and perhaps a visit to a conference. I will make details available soon. In May I will make a swing through the Southeast, visiting friends in Birmingham and Atlanta after participating in a great family celebration.
I will not be making a long, endurance marathon like I did last year. But I will do some visits for conferences and to visit those little groups that have sprung up in the aftermath of my visits last year. I certainly expect to visit the West Coast again, Louisiana and up in Montana and Wyoming. If you have a request, make sure to send it to my volunteer assistant, Mary, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don’t set my schedule, but merely approve what Mary presents to me.
Many of you were troubled last month when I was discussed on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio. You were troubled because the panelists badly garbled what I have said and got a multitude of facts wrong, including my name. Mariani, after hearing from some of you, was gracious enough to invite me to appear as a guest on his show. Unfortunately, his producer has revoked that invitation. He explained that their policy is to have no one on the show upon whom any restrictions have been placed by his Bishop. My Archbishop has placed no restrictions on me as to content in either my writings or presentations. He has directed that any public presentations I make in the Denver Archdiocese be done off of Church property. That makes perfect sense to me as Archbishop Aquila, my Archbishop, has unique spiritual responsibility for me and authority over me. To allow me to hold my presentations from a Church there would be a tacit endorsement.
I find it odd and disappointing that while my Archbishop puts no restrictions on my content, Relevant Radio has decided I must be banned from their airwaves entirely. But that’s their policy. You may continue to hear about me there, but you will not be allowed to hear from me.
Despite this peculiarity, Relevant Radio has done solid work for many years. It has been a shining Catholic light in these troubled times. I am hopeful that though you won’t hear from me there, they will take care to be accurate when they speak about me in the future.