I was asked by a CNS reporter last summer in private email correspondence what I thought of Charles Johnston, the seer from Denver who has made predictions of immanent civil unrest and social collapse. Unfamiliar with him, I listened to an interview the reporter provided a link to and gave the following response (additional commentary is in brackets):
“Thanks for the link and I listened to the interview. What he said was a little vague so I looked at his site [link]. He predicts a worldwide economic collapse followed by civil wars followed by a confrontation with Islam. This is also what Hildegard predicts for the era of the grey wolf; but that’s where the similarity ends. Charlie adds that there will be a major miracle followed by a prolonged period of peace. And this is all supposed to take place in the next year and a half. [He claimed that his Guardian Angel had told him these things]. The era of the grey wolf as Hildegard described it hasn’t started yet.
The more significant difference between Charlie’s scenario and Hildegard’s is his insistence that the coming calamities should not be regarded as a punishment from God, but the consequences of man’s attempt to create his own destiny. He repeats this over and over again and says that it is required to understand the rest of his messages. In the era of the grey wolf, Hildegard clearly states that the persecution of Christians is a punishment, a “harsh reproach” of the Church. She states that it is punishment for the sins of fornication, rapine, and murder. I intend to write a blog post demonstrating how the Church is indeed guilty of all three. It’s not a difficult case to make [link].
By stressing that it is not a punishment, the implication is that the Church is not doing anything wrong and so doesn’t need to change. The suffering will not be because The Church did anything to deserve it. This is a direct contradiction of the message of Hildegard as well as that of Our Lady of Akita, a Church-approved apparition which Charlie never mentions on his site. (He does, however, appeal to the apparition at Garabandal, which is not approved and never will be since the seer’s prediction that Joey Lomangino’s eyesight would be miraculously restored was baloney; he died two years ago as blind as he always was) [actually, he was blinded in an accident at 16]. The insistence on not to regard any of this as punishment from God disturbs me. Morally speaking, I think the Church is in bad need of reform.
… In any case we’ll know soon if he’s for real, he confidently predicts that President Obama will not finish his second term.”