Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-02-08T17:02:28+00:00

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Standing on My Head

“A scene is often most clearly seen when it is seen upside down.” G.K.Chesterton

St Polycarp and the Grain of Incense

Remembering St Polycarp today one is reminded of the nature of the persecution under the emperor Marcus Aurelius. In fact the persecution was not very severe. Christians were suspected of being disloyal to the state, so they were expected to show their loyalty by making an incense offering to the emperor--who was considered divine. Many of the magistrates who had to enforce the edict were unhappy doing so and offered the Christians various compromises. One of them was that they could make their offering by proxy--someone else did it on their behalf or they could offer just one tiny grain

February 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

The Chair of Peter and the Development of the Papacy

On this Feast of the Chair of Peter the photograph with this post is the cathedra or Bishop's Throne in the Cathedral Church of St John Lateran--the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome and the seat of his authority as the Successor of Peter. This long article charts the early development of the papacy and critiques some typical misunderstandings about the early church.  The Trail of Blood Some time ago an acquaintance from my days as a fundamentalist sent me an email. Kevin had become a Baptist pastor and was disappointed that I had been “deceived by the Catholic Church”. He wanted

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Free Audio Book Offer

I don't know if you know, but my book Slubgrip Instructs is now available as an audio book. Here's why it makes an excellent audio book: because it is dramatic. You see, the demon Slubgrip has been demoted to teach Popular Culture 101 in Bowelbages University. The book is set out as a Lent book and every day in Lent old Slubgrip calls the students to order and lectures them on how to worm their way into the popular culture and undermine it as a termite undermines a wooden house and how a tapeworm eats into your body. Not nice.

February 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Is the Story of Adam and Eve a Myth?

One of the debates between atheists and fundamentalists is about the stories of Genesis. The problem with both sides is that both of them are literalists. They stand back to back like two madmen–looking in opposite directions, but from the same viewpoint. Neither side has a poetical bone in their body and both sides agree on one thing, that there must be no myth, no stories, no poems or legends or fantastical tales. They are both from Missouri–the show me state. Like the dour detective in Dragnet they want “Just the facts ma’am.” Where is their capacity for wonder, their

February 20th, 2018|Tags: , |0 Comments

Michael Voris – Our Savonarola?

The other weekend one of Michael Voris' supporters gave me a couple of his books, so I did my best and reviewed them here in the Book Review section of the blog. That section is one of the areas only open to Donor Subscribers, so my post bookmarking the review brought some questions from readers about what I thought about Michael Voris. First I have to confess that I don't watch Michael's videos and I only skimmed the books. This isn't because I'm against Michael Voris as much as the fact that my time is limited and I can pretty

February 20th, 2018|4 Comments

The Lumbering Beast from the East

I will tell you a vision I once had. I hesitate to call it a vision because it makes me sound like some sort of Marian mystic. Probably better to call it a "mental image" or a "dream image". Anyway, it came to me in that in between state when I was not sure if I was praying or dozing. But it really doesn't matter. What matters is the content and context of the vision. It took place in November 1989 when the world was excited about the fall of the Berlin Wall. For those who don't remember, the Berlin

February 19th, 2018|1 Comment
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