Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-05-08T16:10:06+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

A Cry for the Warrior Priest

John Allen reports at CRUX today on the Holy Father's brisk and realistic discussion with the Italian bishops about the crisis in the Italian church. There are money problems, clergy living high off the hog, bishops being sly with the loot and a general falling away from the faith. As I have written elsewhere, the situation in the church right now is not so different from the church at the threshold of the Protestant Revolution. Go here for my analysis. Allen points to one of the outstanding character in the present corruption: Francis made a brief mention to “scandals in

May 23rd, 2018|1 Comment

Did the Pope Make Gay OK?

This week's papal confusion surrounds his supposed comments to Chilean sexual abuse victim Juan Carlos Cruz. The story made most of the mainline papers. You can read one version of it here.  The summary of it is: Juan Carlos Cruz, who met with the pope in late April, relayed details of their conversation to the Spanish newspaper El Pais. “Juan Carlos, that you are gay doesn’t matter,” Cruz said Francis told him, according to Catholic news site Crux. “God made you like this and loves you like this and it doesn’t matter to me. The pope loves you like this. You have to

May 22nd, 2018|2 Comments

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

Some time ago I was asked to write this article for the Knights of Columbus magazine. Its worth publishing again here, this week after celebrating the new Marian feast of Mary, Mother of the Church Last summer I met a very nice heretic at the community pool. She was a polite Presbyterian who was curious about my Catholic faith. She asked why we Catholics worship the Virgin Mary. I explained that we did not worship Mary, but we did venerate her as the highest of all God’s creatures. She was still alarmed at this idea, so I tried to explain

May 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

What Are True Fairytales?

For some time I've been a student of myth, fairytales, fables and allegories. Before I was ordained as a Catholic priest I trained as a script writer and then developed my ideas into a business training program called Working Hero. The program used the story line and symbols from myth, legend and fairytales to illustrate the hero's quest and how the structure of the hero's quest empowered personal growth, positive change in business and individual choice. I haven't forgotten all the work in that area, and now, with the ease of doing podcasts, I'm branching out soon to start posting

May 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Pentecost – Mary Mother of the Church

Mary is surrounded by the Apostles and is the conductor for the force of the Divine Love in the world. With the institution of the Feast Mary, Mother of the Church, Pope Francis brings into greater prominence the intimate relationship between the Holy Spirit and the Mother of God. The homily this week explores that relationship and encourages a deeper love and veneration for Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church. Today at Our Lady of the Rosary we had a special daily Mass in the Upper church to celebrate this new, wonderful feast. Listen to Sunday's Pentecost

May 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Triumphs and Tragedies – 5

The Victory of the Cross. The Roman Empire endorses Christianity and the church copes with Arianism. In this fifth episode of Triumphs and Tragedies I discuss the events of the fourth century--the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, religious freedom for Christians and the church dealing with the Arian heresy. This is gripping stuff, and as always, it sheds light on the struggles in the church today. Listen or download here from my website, or go to BreadBox Media. There you will find the whole series compiled for you to listen or download. My iTunes channel has not only these podcasts

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments
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