Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-11-05T11:47:17-04:00

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Standing on My Head

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

Ecological Sin: Whatzat?

Pope Francis has indicated that he wishes to include ecological sins in the catechism. It will be interesting to see how this develops, and as an ordinary priest in the parish there are some questions about this that rattle around in my brain box. The first question is about the difference between corporate and individual sin. There are certain actions taken on a societal level for which no one seems to be able to take responsibility. Take genocide for example.  Sure there were one or two people--maybe a handful--who took the decision to have concentration camps and kill millions of

November 16th, 2019|1 Comment

Introducing the New Threat: Global Neo-Paganism

One of the takeaways from the Amazonian Synod was the materialization of a new religious identity in the world. When I say this is a "new religious identity" I do not mean to suggest that it is a new invention. It is, in fact, a religion that is as old and wide and powerful as the Amazon itself. I name it "Global Neo-Paganism" and this new manifestation of the old paganism is unique in certain ways and yet as predictable as a seance. Let me explain what I mean by "Global Neo-Paganism." First of all it is pagan. Now to

November 15th, 2019|2 Comments

Podcast on the Amazonian Synod

I've used the final episode of my podcast series The Future Church to offer some further, big picture analysis of the Amazonian Synod. Many people in North America were confused by the Amazonian Synod asking "What on earth is going on here? How is this Catholic? What's happening to our church?" In fact, the Amazonian Synod has been a pretty accurate example of the trends John Allen predicted in his 2009 book that my podcast series has analyzed. The fact is, the church is facing a huge crisis as the challenges of the 21st century confront her. These trends are laid out

November 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Are Adam and Eve Merely Mythical?

Some time ago I was out preaching a parish mission and in the Q&A afterwards a guy asked if it was a sin not to believe the Bible. He’s a scientist and he said he simply can’t accept the story of Adam and Eve. He asked if it was true that the church expects us to believe in a historical Adam and Eve. So I explained the difference between a doubt and a difficulty. A difficulty is when you are confronted with something seemingly incredible or impossible and you say, “How can that be?” You retain curiosity and open and

November 12th, 2019|3 Comments

The Earth is Not My Mother…Here’s Why

One of the most disturbing things about the final document from the Amazonian Synod is the repeated and unchallenged reference to "Mother Earth." In the desire to "inculturate the gospel" the synod organizers are infecting the Catholic faith with a religious concept which has always been incontrovertibly pagan and which the Christian faith has always steadfastly resisted. The resistance of Christians to the religion of the Earth Mother was rooted in the same resistance among the Hebrew people. Why did the Jews first, and then the Christians resist the temptation to worship the Earth Mother? To understand this we have

November 7th, 2019|3 Comments

Fozzy Bear and the Amazonian Synod

I have just been making a brave attempt to read the Final Document from the Amazonian Synod, and what an extraordinary chore it is! The title is the cumbersome Amazonia: New Ways for the Church and an Integral Theology. I know one must make allowances for translation clunkiness and a certain obscurity of vision within any theological, ecclesiastical document, but what troubles me most about this document apart from the content (which I will get to in a moment) is the Fozzy Bear theology. For those who are not aware, Fozzy Bear theology is like Fozzy Bear himself, rather a sweety

November 6th, 2019|1 Comment

Thinking it Through: The Varieties of Sinful Experience

If someone is fired from their job at a Catholic school for "marrying" someone of the same sex Fr James Martin SJ will jump in and play the victim card, arguing that gay people are being picked on. I've addressed the specific problem in this post some time ago, but there is room for further correction. One of the aspects of the narrative of Catholics scapegoating gays is that gay rights activists like Fr Martin say, “If Bishop X bans people in same sex marriages he should also equally condemn fornicators, those using artificial contraception, the divorced and remarried, people

November 2nd, 2019|1 Comment

All Saints and Bilbo’s Party

You can't help but enjoy the scene at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring in which Bilbo is hosting all the hobbits for a grand eleventy eleventh birthday party. That's the way to do a party...all your family and friends, food, fellowship, fun and fireworks. I reckon that's what heaven will be big pot luck supper with plenty of jollity and surprises. "What are you here? I thought you'd be in the other place for sure!" "Funny that! I was just as surprised to find you at my table!" C.S.Lewis once observed, “How monotonously alike all the great tyrants

November 1st, 2019|2 Comments
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