Fr. Dwight Longenecker2018-12-05T13:22:22+00:00

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Standing on My Head

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

Ideologies, Ideas, Idols and Insanity

It seems to me that the only thing more commonplace than religion is false religion, and the most convincing form of false religion is an ideology. What is an ideology? An ideology is an idee fixe.. good idea believed as the only idea...an idea that has become an obsession. Everyone wants something to believe in. We all want a cause to live for and we naturally seek an explanation for all that is--especially ourselves. The Catholic faith provides that, but the Catholic faith, like life, is messy. There are uncertainties and rough spots and sinners and not everything fits and matches

January 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Avoid the Drains

Some years ago I went to a seminar about relationships. The speaker’s mantra was, “Avoid the drains.” By “drains” he meant a certain type of negative person in your life. A “drain” is a person who, like a drain, sucks you into a downward spiral. A drain sucks you dry. A drain leaves you empty. A drain drains you. They drain your emotions, drain your peace, drain your spiritual life, drain your mental life, drain your time, drain your money. They are drains. The interesting thing is that there are different kinds of drains. One kind is the whiner drain.

January 3rd, 2019|3 Comments

Offering it Up, Billy Graham, God’s Existence and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope

Four articles are uploaded to the Archived Articles section of the blog today. For those who are new readers, about once a week I load three or four articles I have written over the years on various subjects for various outlets. These articles are available for Donor Subscribers to the blog. There are two levels of Donor Subscriber: Premier at $8.95 a month gives access to all the extras on the blog. Those who would like to support my work, but for a lower level of donation can be a Podcast Level Donor Subscriber for $4.95. This gives access to

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

For 2019 Climb Aboard the Catholic Roller Coaster

My friend George Weigel has written a prescient article over at First Things predicting a bad year for Catholics. With those sobering but consoling thoughts in mind, I offer a few speculations about 2019, by way of cautions about the rough waters ahead. There will be further revelations of clerical sexual abuse from decades ago, and the false narrative that there is a rape culture in the Catholic Church today will be reinforced. More awful details about the behavior of Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, will come to light. At least one U.S. bishop, and possibly several, will resign

January 2nd, 2019|1 Comment

Twelve Things I Like About the Novus Ordo Mass

Q: What's the difference between a terrorist and a liturgist? A: You can negotiate with a terrorist. The old chestnut used to be applied to the trendy former priests who became liturgy directors of parishes after they married a nun, who were intent on introducing folk masses, felt banners, flying saucer type churches and happy clappy music. However, in the present day when devotees of the extraordinary form of the Mass seem to be gathering muster, the old joke now seems to apply equally well to some traditionalist liturgists. They know what's right and you'd better not stand in their

January 1st, 2019|2 Comments

What Ian Hislop Would Not Mock

When I lived in England there was a brilliant satirical weekly paper called Private Eye whose editors would expose hypocrisy of prelates, corruption of politicians, foolishness of academics, vanity of celebrities and the idiocy of the royal family. Private Eye had a long running reputation of airing grievances, sticking up for the little guy, catching people with their pants down and exposing corruption, graft and general arrogance and ignorance of the human race. It is still in print and is a peculiarly English institution. The Brits get satire, sarcasm, innuendo and the wink, wink, nudge nudge in a way that Americans simply don't.

December 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Characters of the Reformation 7 – Pope Clement VII

Why listen to more church history podcasts? Because by learning more about church history we can step back and make a more informed judgement on events in the church during our own time. The broad view of history helps us to understand that the church has been through trying and terrible times in the past. Perhaps there was no bigger crisis than that which hit the church in the sixteenth century. Characters of the Reformation explains the theological, political, spiritual and human elements in the drama and Belloc traces the supernatural hand of grace in it all. After this series

December 31st, 2018|0 Comments
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