Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-07-25T15:49:56-04:00

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I started blogging in 2006 when blogs were something new. I wanted to stand things on their head in a Chestertonian spirit but figured the material was unlikely to get published elsewhere. 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

Casinos: the New Cathedrals

I first went to a casino when I was visiting Detroit on a speaking engagement. A guy named Bob was my host. He said, "Where do you want to go for lunch Father?" "Someplace local." So Bob took me to the casino. On the way over I said, "Bob. I have a confession to make." "What's that?" "I'm a casino virgin." "Whaddya mean?" "I've never been to a casino before." "You're kiddin me." So I told Catholic Bob about my evangelical upbringing and how we didn't go to movies, smoke, drink or even play cards. We sure didn't go to

August 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Conspiracy Theories and Gossip

It's easy to dismiss conspiracy theorists as your crazy uncle. You know... listen to them rattling on about false flags, fake moon landings, lizard people and so forth...you listen with mild interest, nod and smile then chuckle and change the subject. But what if conspiracy theories are actually not the harmless eccentricities of people with a screw loose and too much time on their hands? What if they are actually sinful? Think about the similarities to that old fashioned sin gossip. Let me remind you about gossip with an example. The other day a parent told me they withdrew their

August 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Film Noir, Monks of Norcia, Mushy Mercy and I Scream Therefore I AM

Four articles are uploaded to the Archived Articles section of the blog. These articles were written for various website, magazines and papers over the years. The Morality of Movies - This is a double review of the classic Double Indemnity and the film Chinatown. Posted in Film and Television section. Benedictines - They'll Be Back - My interview with Brother Augustine Wilmeth--a former student of mine who is a Benedictine monk at Norcia in Italy. This is posted in the Suburban Hermit section of the blog. Is Mercy Always Mushy? - A critique of "mushy mercy" otherwise known as the dictatorship of sentimentality. I

August 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Divorce the Disintegration of Humanity and Married Priests

The gospel reading appointed for today should be of vital interest for both the church and the world. It is Jesus' teaching on marriage. Here it is. Take time to read it. Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?" He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they

August 16th, 2019|2 Comments

Ten Things to Remember About the Assumption of Mary

A few years ago I wrote a post about the Assumption that is worth re-reading: During the twenty years it took me to convert from a Bob Jones University student to a Catholic I considered many of the Marian dogmas to be pious opinions. It was okay for Catholics to believe them, but why did they have to go and make them dogmas and therefore make it more difficult for me to join their church? Aaaargh! Then I came to realize that unless you have a full and complete understanding of Mary –which all the dogmas expressed–then you had a

August 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Welcome the Stranger. Who Me?

I got hit over the head on Monday with the Mass reading from Deuteronomy 10 because it speaks so eloquently about the immigration issue. Here is is in case you missed it. For the LORD, your God, is the God of gods, the LORD of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes; who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing him. So you too must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. That couldn't be clearer. We have

August 14th, 2019|6 Comments

Pope Francis: Catholicism in Confusion

Some time ago I made it a policy to not criticize Pope Francis. My attitude to the Vatican corruption, immorality amongst the hierarchy, financial skullduggery and Pope Francis' ambiguous teaching was simply, "He's the Pope. He's from a different culture and background. What can we learn from him? Is he a great pope? Time will tell. Is he a bad pope? I give him the benefit of the doubt and realize, sometimes we have good popes. Sometimes we have bad popes. Sometimes we have incompetent popes. Maybe before long we will have a different pope." Why complain about the Pope

August 13th, 2019|3 Comments

The Healing Rosary, Agony, Agnosticism and the Tyranny of Tenderness

Four articles are loaded up to the Archived Article section of the blog today. This section of the blog contains fifteen categories of articles, blog posts and book chapters from my various writings for different outlets over the years. Access to the Archived Articles section of the blog is reserved to Donor Subscribers. Today's articles are: The Healing Mysteries - This article was one of the first times I began to outline my theory of praying the rosary for inner healing. It eventually evolved into the book of that name. Doubts, Difficulties and Disobedience - People often feel guilty for

August 10th, 2019|2 Comments
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