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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-12-20T12:30:59-04:00

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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

Tom Bombadil, Spiritual Muscle, Magicians and the Mother of God

One of the features of this blog is the Archived Articles section. I've been writing for over twenty five years and have built up a large collection of articles from a whole range of sources. I load them up to the Archived Articles section of the blog about twice a month. Because I've been busy with other projects this has fallen by the wayside a bit, but today I'm uploading four articles. These are posted in the various categories at the bottom of the blog home page. Scroll down to see the different additional sections to the blog. One of

January 1st, 2020|0 Comments

The Two Poops: a Review

I watched a film last night about two old poops. It reminded me of The Odd Couple--starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. You know the schtick: fussbudget guy has to share an apartment with the sloppy jock. First they fight, then they become buddies. So sloppy George turns up at the papal summer residence with his shoes untied and his shirt tail hanging out. He's not sure how to button up his bishop's soutane and stares slack jawed at his sumptuous surroundings. Feeling out of place he sits up front with the chauffeur and gets chummy with the gardener. Settling

December 31st, 2019|0 Comments

Is Every Family a Holy Family?

My attention was drawn to a tweet by a priest in Kentucky called Fr Jim Sichko. I tried to verify the tweet, but when I looked him up it seems he has blocked me from his account. I can't understand why because to the best of my memory I can't remember ever crossing swords with him. But anyway, the tweet was a load of sentimental nonsense along the lines of, "Let us all remember during this time of the Holy Family that all families are holy. Some are heterosexual and some are homosexual. Some are single mothers and some are poor,

December 30th, 2019|0 Comments

A Blessed Christmas!

So much gratitude for this blog and all the many readers worldwide who keep me tapping away to spread the Good News of the fullness of the Christian faith in the Catholic Church I wish you all a most blessed and joyous Christmas! Here is my favorite Christmas poem: I saw a stable, low and very bare, A little child in a manger. The oxen knew Him, had Him in their care, To men He was a stranger. The safety of the world was lying there. And the world's danger.

December 25th, 2019|3 Comments

Idol Speculation and the Incarnation

Did the pagans really worship idols? If so, what was going on? To be precise, they did not worship idols as such, but they worshipped the gods who they believed the idols represented. But it was more than that. They also believed that the idols became the channels for the invisible god. If you like the spirit of the god channeled in and through the idol. In other words, they believed their demon gods and goddesses could infest the physical objects. This is why certain idols were venerated as sacred–because it was believed they were such effective transmitters or carriers

December 20th, 2019|1 Comment

The Catholic Church and Climate Change

Someone has asked me to write a blog post about the Catholic Church, climate change and sustainable development. I sensed that perhaps the person was writing from a conservative point of view and was a climate change denier and that I am supposed to be opposed to the Church people in the Vatican being supporters of U.N. sustainable development and that I am supposed to get on a soapbox and get angry about this. But maybe I'm wrong and the person asking is a keen climate change activist and is gung ho for the sustainable development agenda and wanted me

December 18th, 2019|5 Comments

Women Priests Pepsi and Potato Chips

A few days ago I tweeted about women priests, and as usual with Twitter it was misconstrued by some. That's okay as far as I'm concerned. One of my theories about Twitter is that it is a forum for stirring the pot. I tweeted that ordaining women was like using potato chips and Pepsi for the Eucharist or sand for a baptism. No I wasn't comparing women to Pepsi and potato chips and therefore insulting them. I might just as well have said that ordaining women was like using Filet Mignon and Champagne for Eucharist. What I was getting at

December 17th, 2019|3 Comments

Camelot and the Magi

If you visit England and know where to look, you can find the ruins of an ancient settlement on top of a hill in Somerset. It's called the Cadbury Hill Fort, but for centuries the locals have referred to it as Camelot. It is one of the more likely locations to have been the center of King Arthur’s kingdom. The historians believe there was a real King Arthur, but all admit that the shards of evidence that support the Arthur legend are scarce and contradictory. Furthermore, the facts about King Arthur and Merlin very quickly grew into legend and the

December 15th, 2019|0 Comments
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