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Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-05-25T07:56:06+00:00

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I started blogging in 2006 when blogs were something new. I got going because I had been writing for some time and wanted an outlet to write stuff that I knew nobody would publish in a mainstream paper. 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

Where’s Fr Longenecker?

Your blogger is on a vacation retreat this week at Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight in England. I'll be blogging from England, and will try to focus my writing on my time there, things English and Catholic Quarr Abbey is the beautiful Benedictine monastery where we were received into the Church in 1995. The history podcast may not happen this week, and blogging may be sporadic, but I am grateful for my readers and hope you enjoy my musing from the damp lands.

June 11th, 2018|3 Comments

Ten Reasons Marriage is in Crisis

The two synods on the family and the Holy Father’s exhortation Amoris Letitia provide guidance for Catholics who are enmeshed in what I call the Marriage Mess. The fact of the matter is, the whole human race–and not simply Catholic Christians are going through a crisis that is bigger than just the question of divorce and re-marriage. Divorce and re-marriage are part of a much larger problem that has hit us, and this problem goes to the very roots of who we are as human beings and God’s creatures. Since the mid 1960s a range of different factors have hit

June 7th, 2018|3 Comments

Triumphs and Tragedies – 8

The Power of Pope St Gregory the Great and the Clash of Popes and Emperors. This century sees the increase in temporal power of the papacy as the Roman Empire continues to crumble, and this brings the popes into conflict with the emperors in Constantinople. Meanwhile the monastic movements continue to thrive and survive. Remember there is a special blog post about each episode in the Church History section of the blog.  

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Ugly Americans, Shakespeare, Movies and Tolkien’s No to Narnia

It has been a few weeks since I have had the chance to upload some extra content to the Donor Subscriber pages, but today there are three articles that might interest you. Ugly Americans in Europe muses on the way Europeans view Americans and why. Sound, Fury and Significance - Shakespeare and the Movies considers whether Shakespeare would have been a fan of movies and TV Tolkien's "No" to Narnia explains some of the differences between Lord of the Rings and Narnia and why Tolkien was not a fan of Lewis' fantasy books for kids. These articles are posted in

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Is Religion All In Your Head?

I remember how they wired up the visionaries at Medjugorje while they were experiencing their apparitions. The scientists wanted to study what was going on in their brains as they “saw” the Blessed Virgin. Religious experiences of the mystical kind occur throughout human experience and in most every kind of religion. But what is happening when visionaries see the Blessed Virgin, Hindu holy men go into a trance or charismatics speak in tongues? Are they experiencing something real or is it just their imagination? Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg studies how the brain responds to religion. In this fascinating article his work is explained

June 5th, 2018|2 Comments

Was That Really A Win for Religious Liberty?

While I'm pleased that Mr Phillips of Masterpiece Cakes has won a minor victory at the Supreme Court, I don't think it's that big a win. Darel E. Paul analyzes the ruling very clearly here at First Things. It seems that the Supreme Court justices didn't rule about gay marriage. They already approved that with the Obergefell decision. Neither did they assert the principle of religious liberty very strongly, and as Paul points out, they didn't address the issue of freedom of speech at all. Neither, as I point out here in my Patheos comment on the ruling did the

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments
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