Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-05-03T16:24:45-04:00

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Standing on My Head

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

Women Deacons and The Development of Doctrine

The question of women deacons seems to have been pushed into a kind of Catholic never never land. The pope has said "No" but has done so in a way that sort of kind of maybe leaves the door ajar. Members of the commission he has set up are to go home and continue their studies. I guess this means the folks pushing for change will continue to sift through every ancient liturgy they can find until they can say, "Aha! Look here! In the fifth century in the Anatolian Auto cephalic Community of Nestorians a woman deacon (yes the

May 11th, 2019|2 Comments

Layer Upon Layer of Clericalism

Fr Z has written here about the true clericalism in the church. He points out that traditional Catholics are often accused of clericalism because the clergy dress in their cassocks, like wearing birettas and insist on the distinction between the clergy and laity because they are opposed to extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and lay leadership. But Fr Z. claims that the liberals in the church are just as driven by clericalism if not more. I agree. When I travel around the USA visiting parishes for missions or speaking at a conference I'll often come across the typical American suburban

May 10th, 2019|2 Comments

Help! My Kids Aren’t Catholic Anymore!

When I'm out leading missions or speaking at a conference,  in the meet and greet session afterwards, the most common conversation I have is with middle aged women who say, “Father, what can I do, my children have stopped practicing the faith!” or  they tell me how their children have married Mormons or Methodists or Baptists and left the Catholic Church. What’s the problem? The problem is not now. The problem is back then. The problem is how we have educated a whole generation of young Catholics. We’ve driven them off with being nice. The Catholic Church over the last

May 10th, 2019|6 Comments

Going Into All the World to Preach the Gospel

I remember once hearing the Bishop of the Arctic preach. He said, "The Lord commanded us to go to 'the uttermost parts of the earth' to preach the gospel, so that's why I went to the Arctic." I believe the Lord will not return until the Great Commission is accomplished. That means the gospel will need to be spread across the globe to every nook and cranny, every race and language, every nation and people. When you look at the broad expanse of history we can see that this is exactly what has happened. Through all the vagaries of history,

May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

John Allen’s Future Church: Episode Two

Ten years ago Vatican journalist John Allen published his book The Future Church. Which of his predictions have come true, which have fizzled out, which are yet to come? In my new podcast series I discuss Allen's book chapter by chapter. The Introduction was published last week and the second episode--"The World Church" is published here today. Each week I will publish a free, abridged version of the podcast and a full length version here on the blog. This link takes you to the full length version which runs for about 45 minutes. This is available to Donor Subscribers on the

May 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Women Deacons? The Pope Says No.

On his flight back from Macedonia Pope Francis reported on the study he commissioned to look into the question of the historical precedent for female deacons. One of the foremost proponents of this innovation is the feminist writer Phyllis Zagano. Dr. Zagano is the author of many articles and papers pushing for the ordination of women to the diaconate. She is the author of Holy Saturday – An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church. She served on the papal commission to study the subject and has been a tireless activist for the cause. I've

May 7th, 2019|1 Comment

Seances? Don’t Find a Happy Medium

I've started listening to a new podcast during my morning walk. It's called the Paranormal Podcast and it deals with all sorts of spooky stuff. It's made me think again about the truth that there are many people out there who are fascinated by the supernatural and want to know more. Furthermore, they not only believe in life after death, the spirit world, telekinesis, ESP and all that junk, but they want some way to deal with it practically in their lives. Errm...from time immemorial there has always been a way to deal with this aspect of existence. It was called "religion".

May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

The Creator, Lewis and Eliot and Two Great Movies, Nuns and Nones

I must have written thousands of articles over the years for various papers, journals, blogs, websites and magazines. Bit by bit they are being archived here on the blog for Donor Subscribers. Scroll to the bottom of the home page to see the various categories: apologetics, church history, film and television, culture, the Inklings and more. Four articles are loaded into the archived articles section of the blog today. Of Other Worlds - I believe in...the Creator of Heaven and Earth - This is chapter three of my book The Quest for the Creed. This is the favorite of my books, and

May 4th, 2019|0 Comments
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