By Charlie Johnston
“Brothers and sisters,I could not talk to you as spiritual people, but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ. I fed you milk, not solid food, because you were unable to take it. Indeed, you are still not able, even now, for you are still of the flesh. While there is jealousy and rivalry among you, are you not of the flesh, and walking according to the manner of man?”
-I Corinthians 3:1-3
I know I have become notably less indulgent of some discernment questions. That is not because I am angry, but simply because the focus has shifted to action. I have submitted myself to examination – first with my Director Priests over the last 21 years, then writing publicly on these things, and then before my Archbishop. I remain under obedience to my Directors and my Archbishop. If you want to weigh my words, they are all right here, in the archives.
Some questions now are a restless effort to discredit me, motivated perhaps by disappointment or anger that those who hold actual authority over me did not restrict my content. Other questions are muddled because they misquote my actual words, quoting instead the interpretive overlay of someone’s selective perception of those words. Still other questions fixate on some ancillary issue that is only marginally related to the overall thrust. Finally, some few questions are legitimate. Even so, little of it matters. You have more than enough material to judge whether I tell you true, whether I am fundamentally authentic – or not.
We hear, like cannons in the distance, the sound of a completely unraveling social order. Sometimes now that sound is not distant at all. Without deleting anything of what I have said, I have moved from informing the troops to rallying those troops for action. You may, in good conscience, find I am not your cup of tea. You may, in malicious anger, seek to discredit me, either because you think I am wrong or you fear I am right. Regardless, that is no longer my primary concern. I call people to the ordinary way now, to choose to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around them as the means to weather this Storm and prepare the way for Rescue. If you do this, even though you dismiss me and have a different view of Rescue, you will do well and be a part of the only hope of Rescue we have. I am not everyone’s cup of tea. If you think nothing is fundamentally wrong at all, well, God will show you different soon enough if you will hear.
Regardless, it is not a fundamental focus for me anymore. Now I call to those who can see that we have boxed ourselves in as the social order caves in on itself and can hear that the way through is an ordinary one, to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. We do that by doing the little right in front of us and staying true to the Scripture and Magisterium…to hear Christ’s Apostles, the Pope and College of Bishops. As the Master said of His apostles, “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)
We can all agree that I am not necessary to any. But I am helpful to some. Whoever chooses to follow and trust God, whatever the cost, whatever the odds, in these times is my ally, whether or not he is my friend. If my ordinary way helps you to do that, we are friends. If it does not, we need not be enemies. Either way, it is with no malice that I say I will rarely stop to explain myself as the battle looms large before us. It is time to live our faith consciously and resolutely. If there is no Rescue, we are doomed to a long and ugly new dark age. I was sent to proclaim the Rescue during these times. And so I do.