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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-11-21T23:52:12-04:00

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Standing on My Head

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

Why We’re Heading for World War III

Hilaire Belloc said "Every argument is a theological argument." It's another way of saying "Ideas matter and beliefs matter." With Boris' big win in the UK and Donald Trump preparing to win huge next year in USA we should sit up and pay attention to what we are witnessing. In the democratic process we say "The people have spoken." and they have spoken big time. REALLY big time, and what they are saying (even if they don't know they are saying it) is more than simple political choices. They are making choices that are much deeper than that. They are

December 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Twelve Causes of Gender Confusion

First off, l should be clear: I’m not an expert. I’m not a psychologist. I’m not well read in the topic of gender issues. I have to admit that the whole issue causes me more bewilderment than anything else. Gender confusion confuses me. Picking my way through the maze of these current issues and avoiding the minefield of politically correct booby traps is a trip I don’t care to make. In this post if I use the wrong terminology, get confused over trans-woman, trans female, trans male, trans man, cisgender, queer, gay, lesbian, queer acting, transvestitism, etc. Forgive me. I

December 13th, 2019|1 Comment

I Love Lucy…Here’s Why

Not Lucile Ball, but St Lucy is the one I love. It is her feast day today, and here are some reasons why she’s important: Firstly, there is the symbolism of her name. “Lucy” comes from the Latin for light–“Lux” or “Lucis”. Lucy is the saint of Light in the season of Advent which is the season of Light. Advent Light in the dark time of the year. With her good works, her purity and her love for the poor, Lucy radiates genuine light of life. Secondly, Lucy counters Lucifer. Lucifer is the “Light Bearer” an angel of light who

December 13th, 2019|0 Comments

On Putting the Holy Family in Cages

This Christmas the fuss and furore is all about a Nativity display in which Jesus, Mary and Joseph are all in cages. Separate cages. The message is a comment on the US border patrol allegedly separating immigrant family members and keeping the people in cages. The self righteous left are using it as a propaganda point while the self righteous right point out that far more people were detained, confined and deported under the Obama regime than Trump. Catholic social teaching on the matter is clear: We should welcome and assist refugees and immigrants as our brothers and sisters knowing

December 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Biblical Scholars and the Myth of the Magi

I wrote Mystery of the Magi - The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men not only to discover the true identity of the magi, but to show, if I could, how the gospel account of the nativity was rooted in historical events and individuals. This is not an easy task because, for a long time, one of the orthodoxies of modern Biblical scholarship has been that the magi story is a complete fabrication. Raymond Brown, in his great book The Birth of the Messiah  actually records the fact that within the circles of New Testament scholarship to hint that you think

December 11th, 2019|0 Comments

We Three Kings of Orient…Aren’t

In 1857 the Reverend John Henry Hopkins Jr—the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport Pennsylvania wrote the now famous Christmas carol, We Three Kings of Orient Are. The problem is, practically everything in the Christmas carol is based on legends about the Magi and not the gospel of Matthew. The magi did not come from a far away Eastern country like India, Persia or China. Matthew never says there were three of them and he doesn’t say they were kings. The idea that their gifts were symbols of Jesus’ status as King, God and Suffering Savior were preaching points

December 10th, 2019|2 Comments

How I Came to Believe in the Immaculate Conception

So I was an Anglican priest at the time, and while I was home in Greenville, South Carolina my younger brother Daryl, who had already become a Catholic, invited me around for dinner with his parish priest Fr Paul. Fr Paul is a pretty hefty Franciscan who likes to eat fried chicken and drink beer. Well I picked a fight with Fr Paul about the Immaculate Conception…”Thomas Aquinas didn’t believe it and nyah, nyah, nyah…why do you Catholics have to insist that it is a dogma and so for and so on.” He’s very patient with me and finally says,

December 9th, 2019|0 Comments

The Humility of Laughter

It seems so terribly grown up and religious to be serious. Does it ever occur to you how awfully serious we are all the time about everything? How boring is that? Children laugh. Adults, it seems, are forgetting how to. We are so serious and most of all we are serious about ourselves. The saints write and speak so often about humility, and our Holy Father Benedict speaks beautifully about humility and he also warns against laughter, but I think his warnings about laughter are warnings against cynical laughter, mockery, vulgarity and useless frivolity. A genuine guffaw at the pride,

December 5th, 2019|0 Comments
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