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

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Standing on My Head

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

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|4 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|0 Comments

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

Chaos, Conspiracies, Courage and Common Sense

The chaos of 2020 has spawned a pandemic of its own: a pandemic of conspiracy theories: COVID-19 is caused by 5G technology not really caused by it but the radiation makes you weaker and it was all fake in the first place put there by the mainstream media who are controlled by globalists and jews and communists and another thing is that they already have a cure with hydroxychloroquine and zinc but they're telling us it doesn't work because they want to get rid of trump and big pharma want to roll out an expensive vaccination and when they do

July 28th, 2020|1 Comment

A Detail on St James and Dating the Gospels

Today is the feast day of the Apostle St James, and it's worth remembering this piece from the archives which undermines the modernist Biblical scholars' attempts to put the dating of the New Testament as late as possible. Bible scholars piece together details of evidence to build up a full picture of the New Testament authorship and dates. Their work is like that of a detective—picking up a hint here and a scrap of evidence there. There is an interesting detail about St James which helps date the New Testament accurately. It appears in the work of Justin Martyr. Justin was

July 25th, 2020|0 Comments

Mary Magdalene and Me Too

If you visit Florence a must see is the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. This museum is the brainchild of an American art historian and priest Fr. Timothy Verdon. They took an amazing collection of sculpture from the Renaissance which had been stored in a makeshift museum and have them on display in a fantastic design which is inspiring, educational and deeply moving. One of the highlights is Donatello's gut wrenching sculpture of the Penitent Magdalene. Illustrating the medieval belief that Mary Magdalene came to France and spent the rest of her days as a penitent hermit, he carves her not

July 22nd, 2020|1 Comment
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