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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2018-09-27T08:49:52+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

Go Ahead…Make a Lot of Money!

Pope Francis makes a point of displaying his poverty as a witness to the simplicity of the gospel, and it should make all of us stop for a moment and check our attitude to wealth. In the United States the economy is booming and while there are plenty of people still living in poverty, the standard of living is high and the opportunities are abundant. Should you therefore go out and make as much money as possible? Why not? One of my grumbles about the Catholic faith is that we have too often interpreted the beatitude "Blessed are the poor

October 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Medjugorje, Science and the Supernatural

“The supernatural can never explain the physical world we observe.” complains an atheist friend. “Of course it can’t. It wasn’t supposed to–at least in the scientific sense.” is my reply. So my friend has this motorcycle which he really loves to fix up and ride, and I try to explain, “You might as well say that ‘love’ can never show you how to change the oil on your motorcycle. Science tries to tell us how things work–not why they exist, or what our relationship to them should be. ‘Love’ might not tell you how to change the oil on your

October 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Dating St Luke

Not dating in the Catholic Singles sense of the word... ...but when was Luke's gospel written? For the life of me I have never been able to figure out why scholars make such a big difficulty out of dating the New Testament. On the face of it, the problem is not so difficult, but what we have to do is take things at face value with common sense. Once we get into academic theories about what might have happened it is all a bit like conspiracy theories–in which one scrap of ambiguous evidence may mean that and may mean this

October 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Triumphs and Tragedies 23

The second half of the twentieth century takes us through the papacy of John XXIII, the second Vatican Council and the fallout of this brave attempt to relate the Catholic faith to the modern world. We conclude by looking at the results and where we are today and suggest what the future may hold.

October 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Apologetics and Bible Christians

I don't take the bait about "Why Catholics Call Their Priests 'Father' " or "Why Do You Worship Mary?" or "Do Catholics really pray to bells and candles?" or "Why do you kiss the bones of dead people." When it comes to Catholic apologetics I always go straight to the bottom line. I go to the authority question. If that question is not resolved then every other discussion is only matter of swapping opinions or engaging in a Bible verse shoot out. It is important, therefore to be clear on the basics of the Catholic understanding of authority. It is

October 17th, 2018|2 Comments

Quo Vadis – Where Are You Going Catholic Church?

I encourage you to listen to my church history podcast Triumphs and Tragedies. I'm not a historian by any stretch, and I'm afraid the podcast is more than rough around the edges. It was simply my attempt to give a quick roller coaster ride through twenty centuries of church history so that we can make better sense of where we are by understanding where we've come from. One of the things you'll gather is not only the history of the Catholic Church, but through that lens, a good overview of European history from the Roman Empire to the present day. The Catholic

October 16th, 2018|5 Comments
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