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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2020-01-30T12:33:24-04:00

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I started blogging in 2006 when blogs were something new. I wanted to stand things on their head in a Chestertonian spirit but figured the material was unlikely to get published elsewhere. 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

Why I Became a Catholic

Last night I was honored to be the guest speaker at the fund raising gala for the Fr Capodanno School High School in Pinehurst, NC. The school is an independent Catholic start up with only a handful of students, but like most of these entrepreneurial Catholic enterprises it is full of energy, youth, enthusiasm, solid Catholic faith and a joyful hope for the future. This is one of the things I love most about American Catholicism. On the one hand you have the old Catholic establishment. They have their big colleges in the Northeast. They have their bureaucracies, diocesan structures,

February 1st, 2020|1 Comment

Is Bishop Barron Trying to Censor Michael Voris?

The other day I tweeted a somewhat snarky comment about Bishop Barron's suggestion that the bishops might issue a mandatum for those online commentators in their diocese who are teaching or commenting about the Catholic faith. This idea was portrayed by some online hacks as the bishops attempting to censor the internet and social media. Is Bishop Barron trying to censor Michael Voris of Church Militant because Voris has criticized Barron? I don't think so, but I can see why it has come across that way. What is going on? Voris has criticized Barron, so it's easy to jump to the conclusion

January 31st, 2020|3 Comments

New Podcast with Joseph Pearce: The Bible and Myth

Following on from my blog post about myth and the story from the Garden of Eden, I'm posting this podcast from the "Conversations with Joseph Pearce" channel. Joseph and I put our heads together to discuss myth and meaning in literature and how the historicity of the Bible functions in a unique way in world literature and religion. Go here to listen to The Bible and Myth This podcast channel is reserved for Donor Subscribers to the blog. If you would like to learn more about supporting the work of my blog--in which I attempt to provide most of the

January 30th, 2020|1 Comment

Is the Adam and Eve Story a Myth?

There has been some chit chat about whether or not Bishop Robert Barron believes Adam and Eve were historical figures or whether they were "myth". I can't judge the matter because I haven't seen Bishop Barron's full take on the subject, but if I remember correctly he said the Adam and Eve story was "mythological" or "myth". Some conservatives have gone on the attack, defending the historicity of the Garden of Eden story and insisting that Adam and Eve were historical, real people. In fact this is church teaching--that our first parents were historical figures, but Bishop Barron saying the

January 29th, 2020|4 Comments

New Podcast: The Hero’s Quest

In this new podcast on my Conversations with Joseph Pearce channel Josep and I discuss the hero's quest in relation to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. This podcast channel is reserved to Donor Subscribers. Donor Subscribers help support the blog and have access to all the archived articles, podcasts and more. Go here to learn more about how you can become a Donor Subscriber. Go here to listen to my conversation with Joseph Pearce on the Hero's Quest.

January 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Love and Death

Love, by its very nature, is outgoing and in search of another. We are built to love, and so God’s command to love him and to love our neighbor is a command that would be similar to saying to a car, “You must provide transportation.” That’s what a car is designed for. The command is superfluous. Likewise, human beings were created to love and be loved. First we are to love God. Second we are to love another person. The two commands are not separate, for the other person is created in God’s image and therefore to love the other

January 21st, 2020|0 Comments

It’s War. Get Used to It

During my recent bout with the flu I had the chance to re-read Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honor trilogy. One of the criticisms of the books is that they are uneven, dull at times, confusing and disjointed. On re-reading I realize much of that was intentional. Waugh was showing the reality of war. I've also been reading more church history--both George Weigel's' recent book The Irony of Modern Catholic History and Tom Holland's Dominion-How the Christian Revolution Changed the World. Both books on church history are a reminder of one of my main punching points--that crisis in the church is what church history is all about.

January 20th, 2020|1 Comment

A Married Priest on Celibacy

The topic of celibacy of priests is once again a hot news item, and it seems a great shame that so many on both sides of the progressive-conservative . divide within Catholicism have fallen into their expected tribal positions and have spent so much time getting themselves worked up over whether or not Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI really should be billed as "co-author" of this new book with Cardinal Sarah or not. Does that really have to be such a big deal? Surely if the topic is worth discussing we should be able to hear experienced, learned wise and spiritual

January 14th, 2020|4 Comments
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