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Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-08-14T08:15:43+00:00

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I started blogging in 2006 when blogs were something new. I got going because I had been writing for some time and wanted an outlet to write stuff that I knew nobody would publish in a mainstream paper. I was surprised when the blog readership took off, so I kept going considering it to be a ministry in the new media.

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Standing on My Head

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

The Coming Catholic Renewal and the Tree of Gondor

A senior priest friend said to me last week, "I told the bishop we're in a sixteenth century situation." I replied, "Yup, Every 500 years a painful purgation and then a renewal." It reminded me of the Tree of Gondor--the old kingdom was dead. The corrupt steward held the place of the rightful king. Then at the darkest hour, when the city seemed certain to fall to the marauding hordes of Mordor, the tree that seemed dead began to bud and flower again. So it seems in the Catholic Church. In the midst of our long defeat, new buds will

August 20th, 2018|3 Comments

Celibacy? Gay? Fr Martin? Whazzat?

Last week I posted a question about Fr James Martin's constant whine that the "good, celibate gay priests" are not being celebrated and recognized. Once again he has set up a scarecrow--a straw man. Just what exactly does this "good celibate gay priest" look like? Undoubtedly there are a good number of Catholic priests who experience same sex attraction. I believe many of them are holy, hard working well adjusted men. Their sexuality has been accepted and integrated and by God's grace they have mastered their lusts and sublimated their sexuality into their priestly vocation. However, they do not describe

August 20th, 2018|1 Comment

The Present Crisis and the Work of Satan

In the wake of the McCarrick affair and the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report, like many Catholics I was feeling devastated and pretty low. However, on reflection I am feeling a completely new spirit about all of this, and it is a soberingly good spirit. Here's why: Satan loves to work undercover. He is best working as a secret agent, costumed as an angel of light. He dresses up in all sorts of attractive ways. He sugar coats his deceit and delights in cover ups, hypocrisy, secrets and lies. He is a reptile--a snake in the grass, a chameleon in camouflage,

August 18th, 2018|0 Comments

What if the Bishop…

What if the Bishop said to his lawyers, "You're fired. I'm going to hire private investigators instead and when somebody makes a claim against the diocese, if the facts line up we'll pay up. If not, send 'em packing." What if the priest said to his priests, "Keep you pants on and sleep alone. That's what celibacy means. If you're lonely join the Knights of Columbus or a football team. Lots of people are single. They cope. Get over it." What if the bishop said to his priests, "Don't be gay. What, are you going to do? prance around in

August 17th, 2018|6 Comments

Watch Out for the Witch Hunt

You'll probably remember the play The Crucible from your high school literature class. It's the story of the witch hunts in Salem Massachusetts. It's a pretty good play, and take you into a fascinating and terrifying territory of human psychology and drama because it exposes the witch hunt-scapegoating mechanism. Within an enclosed religious community a little girl lies sick in a strange coma-like state. Some other girls are accused of dabbling with her in the occult with a slave from Barbados called Tituba. Before long, extremely complicated relationships in the community are exposed. A panic develops as some occult activities are confessed

August 16th, 2018|2 Comments

Triumphs and Tragedies – 16

The fifteenth century: As the French Avignon Papacy ended, the Great Schism began, only to be resolved at the beginning of the 15th century at the Council of Constance. As the century developed the rise of the Renaissance popes take place, and they seem oblivious to the mounting pressure for real reform in the church. The rumblings began with the English churchman John Wycliffe in the previous century and continued in Bohemia with his follower John Hus.

August 16th, 2018|0 Comments
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