Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-07-13T16:59:48+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

Anglicanism: Practically Perfect Poppinism

After I became a Catholic, a former colleague in the Church of England asked, "Well, now that you're a Catholic do you like the Catholic Church?" I answered, "No. If I were choosing a church I liked I'd still be an Anglican. I didn't choose the Catholic Church because I liked it. I chose it because it is the church Christ founded on earth." Yes, I know such a statement is hopelessly triumphalist, and I realize that even my fellow Catholics of a certain ilk shudder at such blithe pontifications by converts. Nevertheless, it is true, and to show how true it

July 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Triumphs and Tragedies – 10

Half way through the twenty part history of the church, things become very grim. Its not called the Dark Ages for nothing. In this episode dealing with the ninth century we are faced with the nadir of the papacy. These popes were not just incompetent, venal or weak. They were downright wicked. Nevertheless this episode and the one that follows will show that the light of Christ is not put out even in the Darkest of Dark Ages.

July 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Girard and the Perpetual Sacrifice of the Mass

I am reading Cynthia Haven's excellent new biography of Rene Girard, and am reminded of his ground breaking work in the mystery of sacrifice and the scapegoat. I first came across Girard when I was an oblate at Downside Abbey in England. The theologian monk Dom Sebastian Moore used to visit my room after Compline with a bottle of whiskey itching to talk theology and Girard. He was enthusing about him then, but it would be another decade or so before I actually got around to reading Girard. Cynthia Haven's biography is renewing my interest in the man as well

July 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Happy Fourth of July

Blogging from fantastic Camp Chosatonga in North Carolina... In no particular order here is the list of stuff I love about America. Hot Dogs and Sauerkraut, Elvis Presley, It’s a Wonderful Life, Drive In Restaurants, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Columbo, Amish people, Manhattan, Hamburgers, Flannery O’Connor, T-Shirts, Clear Creek Monastery, equality, Cole Porter, the saxophone, Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream, Katherine Hepburn, Southern Comfort, football, Shawshank Redemption, cranberry juice, generosity, shoo fly pie, North Carolina mountains, milkshakes, marching bands, T.S.Eliot, religiosity, Amusement Parks, Fiddler on the Roof, Aaron Copeland, Optimism, Indiana Jones, beauty pageants, Charleston SC, Orthodontics, Frank Sinatra, Thomas Merton,

July 4th, 2018|0 Comments

The Attack of the “Ism’s”: Ten Ideologies That Are Destroying the Church

One of the talks I present when I am conducting a parish mission is “The Attack of the Isms” and portray them as an alien attack on rational earthlings. I discuss twelve different forms of relativism, and as Pope Benedict referred to “the dictatorship of Relativism” notice how all ten lead to tyranny of one kind or another. Here are ten “isms” that are attacking our culture and destroying the church. These are really ten informal heresies–most Americans are not aware of them because they are simply part of our culture. They are the air we breathe. They are the

July 2nd, 2018|2 Comments

Help! I’m Sinking in the Quicksand of Scandal!

A couple of readers have dropped me a line asking how to deal with the almost daily onslaught of scandal in the church just now. Cardinal McCarrik who turns out (apparently) to be a predatory homosexual, Cardinal Maradiaga embroiled in a dirty money problem, his assistant Bishop Pineda doing a McCarrick with seminarians as well as flying first class while 63% of his fellow Hondurans live below the poverty line, the pope asking for $25m from the papal foundation to seemingly prop up a shady outfit in Rome, rumors of the gay mafia not only in seminaries, but throughout the

June 28th, 2018|5 Comments
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