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Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-09-01T12:17:21+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.

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Standing on My Head

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

Triumphs and Tragedies – 19

The Counter Reformation, the Council of Trent and the struggles between Jansenists and Jesuits. It looks now like there will be 23 episodes. Twenty will cover 18th c. Twenty one - 19th. Twenty two - 20th. Twenty Three - 21st and where we go from here. I hope you've enjoyed listening. If I have the energy I may do another history series on the Reformation in England. I leave for a ten day pilgrimage to the Holy Lands today, so there will be no episode recorded next week.

September 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Fulton Sheen’s Warning About Counterfeit Catholicism

Locked, as he was, in the post war struggle with communism, Fulton Sheen's prophecies about the end time are somewhat dated, but his underlying vision is strong and sobering. In his Communism and the Conscience of the West  he discusses the Antichrist: The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will not wear red tights, nor vomit sulphur, nor carry a trident nor wave an arrowed tail as Mephistopheles in Faust. This masquerade has helped the Devil convince men that he does not exist. When no man recognizes him, the more power he exercises. We

September 4th, 2018|2 Comments

The Day I Saw the Sun Spin

This week's tale from my podcast Stories of the Unexpected is my account of how I witnessed the sun spinning on a visit to Medjugorje in the mid-1980's. It's a strange tale because this sort of miracle is so difficult to understand. I take a moment to not only tell what happened, but ask what this could mean and what sort of a miracle it really is. We know that the sun physically did not spin, just as we know that at Fatima in 1917 the sun did not plunge to the earth. We know enough about the physical world to know

September 4th, 2018|1 Comment

In Praise of Older Priests…Even If They’re Married

In my early sixties now I guess I qualify as an "older priest" so I'm biased. That being said, I'm thinking increasingly that one of the solutions to the clergy sex abuse problem is to look again at who we ordain and when we ordain them. Of course everybody loves to see a young man, fresh out of seminary, smiling, handsome, trim and fit and ready to serve the Lord. We love to see him brimming with enthusiasm and idealism, and we shouldn't forget that St Paul mentored SS Timothy and Titus and St Peter and St Paul mentored St

September 3rd, 2018|5 Comments

We’re Looking at a Lame Duck Papacy

Pope Francis' response to Archbishop Vigano's testimony has, so far, been a sad silence which echoes his silence over the questions about marriage formally presented by some of his cardinals. If this lack of leadership continues we may see the development of a lame duck papacy. Unlike some who are angry about the present crisis in the church, I have not called for Pope Francis to resign. I don't believe it would do the church any good to have three popes. That was a disaster before. It would be a disaster now--even though I realize the circumstances are very different.

September 1st, 2018|5 Comments

Eliot, Atheism, Levity and Chortling with Chesterton

Four article I have written for other outlets over the years are uploaded to the blog-website today. At least once a week I upload three or four articles or chapters from my books to the various categories at the bottom of the blog-website's home page. Today's articles are: Eliot the Anglo American - this describes how I first came across T.S. Eliot as a boy and was influenced by his life and work. Jesus or Religion discusses the "I'm spiritual but not religious" attitude Levity or Gravity is a short article making light of being heavily minded rather than heavenly

September 1st, 2018|0 Comments
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