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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2020-08-12T17:27:35-04:00

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Standing on My Head

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

The Complexities of Color

The other day I joked on Twitter about the irony that the phrase "colored people" was not allowed but "people of color" was okay. An African American replied with a good explanation. There were two reasons: "colored people" was associated with the slavery of the past, but the reason that interested me more concerned grammatical construction. "Colored people" defines the person by their color and people are more than their skin color. I like that. It's the same reason we should not refer to "gay people" or "homosexuals" but use the terminology "people who experience same sex attraction." A person

August 14th, 2020|0 Comments

The Sign of Joy

When I was an Anglican priest I used to walk from my apartment over to church for evening prayer every day. On the way I would walk past the house of a Jehovah's Witness. This particular JW was the sort of man who always had his hair combed, the car washed and probably went to bed wearing a necktie. Well he began to watch my daily walk and took to standing by his garden fence to try to engage me in conversation. He'd say things like, "Excuse me, but have you ever thought that we might be living in the

August 13th, 2020|Comments Off on The Sign of Joy

The Church in an Age of Revolution

When I was preparing my twenty three part podcast series on church history called Triumphs and Tragedies I discerned a pattern in church history. I realize we often impose patterns that aren't there and this is only a very general idea of the flow of church history, but it seemed to me that the 2000 year history of our church could be broken down into 500 year segments. The first five hundred years is the Roman period--when the church is growing, enduring persecution, formulating her doctrines, being established and developing an infrastructure and authority system. The second five hundred years

August 13th, 2020|1 Comment

Re-Branding the Catholic Church

As you drive around the American South you can't help noticing the old fashioned Baptist churches are ditching their Baptist label. Reassuring brick churches with classic style porches and steeples used to be called "First Baptist Church" or "Second Baptist Church" or "North Road Baptist Church" or maybe something with an Old Testament link like "Ebenezer Baptist Church" or "Mount Zion Baptist Church" or the ever faithful "Calvary Baptist Church." But the word "Baptist" is gone and they've all started to re-brand themselves. The old neon signs that said "Jesus Saves" or "God Loves You" are gone. I think they

August 12th, 2020|Comments Off on Re-Branding the Catholic Church

Correcting Fr James Martin….yet again

Fr James "Slippery Jim" Martin SJ has a huge presence on social media, and his tweets (and the positive comments they spark off) reveal a reality that most in the Catholic leadership wish to ignore. That is the fact that within the Catholic Church today there are two churches. One is the establishment church of the USCCB, the big old "Catholic" universities, the old established religious orders, their mainstream publishing houses, websites and papers. This Catholicism is virtually indistinguishable from. mainstream Protestantism. (which is why they don't do ecumenism anymore) This establishment church is in bed with the rest of

August 12th, 2020|2 Comments

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|1 Comment

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
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