Fr. Dwight Longenecker2020-07-10T10:28:37-04:00

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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

Why I Have Hope…

2020 has brought so much unrest and raised the temperature among so many people who were already restless for one reason or another. Frightened by the pandemic, worried about financial collapse, divided over politics, rioting in the streets and turmoil in the markets--all of these have raised stress levels and sharpened already anxious lives. It is not surprising, therefore, to find the unrest in society mirrored in the Church. We Christians are humans too. We also have anxieties, fears, resentment and bitterness in our hearts. In my book Immortal Combat  I analyzed the "Sin of the World" -- showing how the

August 7th, 2020|0 Comments

Five Reasons Why the Transfiguration Really Happened

You know the old schtick from the New Testament scholars: all those miracles stories and supernatural events? They're all pious fiction. Somebody made it up. It's "mythical". They added that stuff to make Jesus more special. They added that stuff to make it seem like he was fulfilling Old Testament prophecy. They cooked up those stories to make him into the Son of God. Pshaw! It never happened! How gullible are you? C'mon. Get real. He was just an ordinary country preacher who had a run of bad luck. What could be more supernatural than the experience of the Transfiguration?

August 6th, 2020|Comments Off on Five Reasons Why the Transfiguration Really Happened

Flannery O’Connor and Loyola

We are increasingly accustomed to the stupidity of the academic elitists, but Loyola University's recent decision to remove Flannery O'Connor's name from one of their halls of residence sets a new standard. Catholic News Agency reports: “During recent conversations around racism, one of the issues that caught the attention of our community was the name of Flannery O’Connor Residence Hall,” Fr. Brian Linnane, S.J., wrote July 24 to the university community... “Information coming forward recently about O’Connor, a Catholic American writer of the 20th century, has revealed that some of her personal writings reflected a racist perspective. The building names we

August 6th, 2020|0 Comments

Bishop Barron Takes On the Rad Trads

Yesterday it was reported that Bishop Barron had a private meeting with various Catholic media providers to discuss the growing influence of "radical traditionalists" in the online Catholic world. It should be concerning to the Catholic hierarchy. It is easy to dismiss the online Catholic world as a silly past time for computer nerds of a pious temperament, but this is to overlook the huge global reach of the internet. To get an idea of the impact of conservative Catholic communicators you can check their YouTube views. Church Militant has 187,000 subscribers. Taylor Marshall has 223,000 subscribers. Taylor's most popular

August 4th, 2020|5 Comments

Why Did Jesus Walk on the Water?

Have you ever stopped to wonder and chuckle at the miracle story of Jesus walking on the water? What was that all about? We can understand that he healed people, cast out demons and fed the hungry--those are all nice reasonable things for a good teacher and a wonder worker to do. But what was with the walking on the water? Was it a stunt? Was he showing off? Was he simply taking a short cut? "Hey guys, sorry I was late, but why did you leave without me?" As with the story of the feeding of the 5,000, this

August 3rd, 2020|1 Comment

Conversations with Joseph Pearce – Meeting Solzhenitsyn

Joseph Pearce lives not far from us here in upstate South Carolina and he and I get together once a month for lunch and a glass of beer from the monks at Norcia. This time we discussed the amazing meeting he had with Alexander Solzhenitsyn and how he came to write Solzhenitsyn's biography. These podcasts are reserved for Donor Subscribers. There are six levels of participation with the podcast level at the lowest. Donor Subscribers help to keep most of the content on my blog free for all and free from all third party ads. If you'd like to learn

July 30th, 2020|0 Comments

Donatism Today

One of the advantages of studying church history is that you come to realize that when it comes to heresy and schism there is nothing new under the sun. The same old distortions, faulty priorities, half truths and falsehoods hang around the church like a bad smell. In fact, the bad smell is that of decaying flesh. Heresy and schism are dead things. Dead wood. Sanctity, on the other hand is always fresh, original and authentic. Sanctity has life, vigor and joy. Heresy and schism is miserable. The closer you get to Jesus, Mary and the saints the closer you

July 30th, 2020|1 Comment

Explaining Transubstantiation

I'm often surprised at the number of good, faithful Catholics who are well informed about their faith, who do not understand the doctrine of transubstantiation. In my experience they fall into two categories. The first do not believe the Eucharist is anything more than a symbol. The second believe the bread and wine become the  Body and Blood of Christ but they think the bread and wine are literally transformed into human flesh and blood. Neither position is the teaching of the Catholic Church. We believe in transubstantiation. The substance of the bread and wine really are transformed into the

July 28th, 2020|0 Comments
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