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Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-05-08T16:10:06+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.

All that archived material is  available without charge at Patheos here. Also, all my new blog posts continue to be free of charge here.

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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 or the Adventure of Faith

If you’re searching for the meaning of life, I’ve been thinking lately that there are really only three options. The first option is nihilism. That is, that there is no meaning of life and the search for meaning if a fool’s errand, a wild goose chase, a pointless quest. If that is your point of view, then I guess you might as well stop reading this post right now and go make a sandwich. However, if you believe there is some meaning to life, then there are two choices: faith or an ideology. When I say “faith” I mean a particular

May 17th, 2018|1 Comment

Are Conservative Catholics Fundamentalists?

There is an essay this week by a fellow called Mike Lewis at a website called Where Peter Is which states that there are two kinds of Catholics now--"ecclesial" and "fundamentalist" I have had a little rant already over here about the use of the term "fundamentalist".  It was coined in the early 20th c. by conservative Protestants who, in the face of modernism, wished to return to the fundamentals of the faith. Now, of course, it is a dirty word--associated with racism and terrorism, the Ku Klux Klan and jihadis who behead little children in public. For Mike Lewis to

May 16th, 2018|3 Comments

Austen Has Lost His Powers

English journalist, academic and papal biographer Austen Ivereigh seems to have become somewhat of a loose cannon--rolling about on a leering ship, firing shots every which way, but while the cannonballs are flying they rarely hit their target but can do extraordinary damage to innocent victims. Last summer, you may remember, Austen fired off an ill judged piece in which he opined that Catholic converts were "neurotic". In other words, we who sacrificed much to become Catholic and have contributed much once we have joyfully joined the church are...well...mentally ill. Thanks for that warm and gracious welcome! To be fair,

May 16th, 2018|1 Comment

C.S.Lewis on Puritans and Pagans

You might remember that in C.S.Lewis’ Narnia stories Mr Tumnus the Faun recounts how they used to have jolly times with Bacchus and Silenus. Lewis was criticized for bringing such blatant paganism into his works. Bacchus? Centaurs? Fauns? Dryads and Naiads? What was he thinking??!! In writing to Don Giovanni–a Catholic priest, Lewis commented on the matter and  observed that  modern man was in such a lamentable state that perhaps it was necessary “first to make people good pagans, and after that to make them Christians”. What did he mean by “good pagans”? He meant that pagans had certain traits that

May 15th, 2018|0 Comments

A Woman’s Bosom and the Innocence of Fr Kilvert

Readers will know of my long time enchantment with the diary of the Rev'd Francis Kilvert. Kilvert was an Anglican clergyman in the late nineteenth century. He kept a diary of his life as a country parson, and I wrote an article about him here at the Imaginative Conservative website. Kilvert’s three volume diary is a beautiful, touching and personal portrait of life in the English countryside in Victorian times. Writing in a poetic and high romantic style, Kilvert offers intimate descriptions of his walks across the hills to outlying farms to visit his people. Along with the sweeping descriptions

May 15th, 2018|0 Comments
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