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Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-02-08T17:02:28+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

Michael Voris – Our Savonarola?

The other weekend one of Michael Voris' supporters gave me a couple of his books, so I did my best and reviewed them here in the Book Review section of the blog. That section is one of the areas only open to Donor Subscribers, so my post bookmarking the review brought some questions from readers about what I thought about Michael Voris. First I have to confess that I don't watch Michael's videos and I only skimmed the books. This isn't because I'm against Michael Voris as much as the fact that my time is limited and I can pretty

February 20th, 2018|4 Comments

The Lumbering Beast from the East

I will tell you a vision I once had. I hesitate to call it a vision because it makes me sound like some sort of Marian mystic. Probably better to call it a "mental image" or a "dream image". Anyway, it came to me in that in between state when I was not sure if I was praying or dozing. But it really doesn't matter. What matters is the content and context of the vision. It took place in November 1989 when the world was excited about the fall of the Berlin Wall. For those who don't remember, the Berlin

February 19th, 2018|1 Comment

First Sunday in Lent – Jesus in the Desert

My homily for the first Sunday in Lent draws attention to Jesus as a warrior engaged in conflict, pulls out extra meaning locked in Mark's gospel and identifies how we can best connect and join in the life of Christ. Remember you can sign up to receive my podcasts automatically from iTunes. Go here.

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Pope Francis, Militant Michael Voris and the Benedict Option

I get a lot of books to review, and not many of them make the cut, but the ones I do have time to read and review are featured in the Book Review section of the blog. This section is reserved for Donor Subscribers. For a whole blog of book reviews for Catholics I recommend Pete Socks--the Catholic Book Blogger. Go here. It has taken me a while to get the Book Review section of the blog up and running, but today I'm posting three reviews: Militant Michael Voris - is a review of Michael Voris' two books--Resistance and Militant.

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Correcting Fr Martin… Again

I don't usually follow Fr Martin because much better voices than mine--like Ross Douthat's, Joseph Sciambra and Daniel Mattson's are engaging with him effectively , but my critique of one of Fr Martin's tweets got me scrolling through some of his other comments, and I was bewildered by the way he twists the plain meaning of Scripture and church teaching. Note this tweet from Saturday: Gospel: Jesus is critiqued for dining with "tax collectors and sinners." New Testament scholars Daniel Harrington and John Donahue note that except for the case of Matthew/Levi: "There is no indication that the toll collectors

February 19th, 2018|1 Comment

Correcting Fr. James Martin

Fr James Martin SJ has tweeted his rage against the firing of a gay teacher from a Catholic School. The story is here in the New York Times. It concerns a female Catholic school teacher who "married" her girlfriend and was then dismissed from her job. Fr Martin tweets: Again, where are the comparable firings of straight employees who do not follow Catholic church teaching? Men and women living together before being married? Divorced and remarried without annulments? People using birth control? This is discriminatory. I will try to cut through the fog of sentimental grandstanding here to try to

February 18th, 2018|5 Comments
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