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

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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

Help! I’m Book Swamped

You may not realize it, but books are cheaper than ever to produce. With print on demand publishing the overheads for publishers are plunging. For the most part books are now treated like consumables. This means there are more and more books being produced. Publishers grind out ten or twenty titles in a year where they used to produce half that number. What else is changing? It is harder and harder for authors and publishers to get attention for their books. When only a few books were published the publishers pumped considerable funding into marketing the book. Because they had

June 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Women’s Ministry: Amazons from the Amazon

For those who remember their Greek mythology,  the Amazons were a tribe of women warriors. The document published from the recent synod of the Amazon not only calls for the consideration of the ordination of older married men, but also pleads for a recognized role for women. Catholic Herald reports here: Published by the Vatican June 17, the document also said the church should consider “an official ministry that can be conferred upon women, taking into account the central role they play in the Amazonian church.” The document, drafted after input from bishops’ conferences and local communities, acknowledged that in

June 17th, 2019|2 Comments

Evangelicals and the Fullness of Faith

The other day I was talking to an Evangelical Christian who works with the poor in our town. He's a dedicated, prayerful, devout and hard working follower of Jesus Christ. He was brought up in a Christian home, church and culture that taught him that Catholics were not only wrong, but that the Catholic Church was the great whore of Babylon, Catholics were idol worshippers and the pope was the anti-Christ. Now in his late sixties he's getting to know some Catholics and learning to respect the Catholic Church and work with Catholics in his ministry. He's one of many.

June 13th, 2019|0 Comments

The Man Who Gave Up the Throne of England for His Catholic Faith, Pirates, Walsingham and More

There are four new archived articles uploaded to the Archived Articles section of the blog. These categories of articles are reserved for Donor Subscribers from the Premier level upward. They are collected from the thousands of articles I have written for various magazines, papers, websites, my blog and books. The Man Who Wouldn't Be King - is the amazing story of King James III --the rightful king of England who gave up the throne rather than deny his Catholic faith. You have to read this one! Arians, Apollinarians and One Eyed Pirates - This is chapter five of my book

June 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Future Church 5 – The New Demographic

In this latest podcast in the series John Allen outlines the new demographic - otherwise known as the demographic winter. Otherwise known as the dropping birth rate. Go here to listen to the full length version. By the middle of the century the global human population will be in decline. How will this affect the Catholic Church? John Allen lays out the statistics and in this full length version of the podcast I analyze what this means for the church. Remember the abridged version of all these podcasts is available free at BreadBox Media. The abridged version is usually uploaded

June 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Mother of the Church and Miss America

Today we celebrated Our Lady Mother of the Church, and as a convert you'll forgive me for being confused on a matter about which I have heard very little discussion. It's this: why are there so many different Marys? Have you ever thought about this? First you've got all the images of Mary associated with her role: Our Lady Help of Christians, Our Lady Undoer of Knots, Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Good Counsel. Our Lady of Joyful Hope...etc. Then you have all the Marys associated with various places: Our Lady of Walsingham,

June 10th, 2019|2 Comments

Born Again Baptists and Cultural Catholics

I spent some time the other day trolling through some Facebook pages of Catholics on the other side. What I mean by the "other side" is the other brand of Catholicism in the USA. You see, there are two Catholic churches in America. The first is the establishment church. This is what's left of cultural Catholicism. This Catholic Church has all the big "Catholic" colleges in the population hubs of the East coast, Northern Midwest and California. They have the big old seminaries, colleges and universities. They have the old diocesan structures, the parishes, the schools, the high schools and

June 9th, 2019|3 Comments

The Result of Irrational Rage

When faced with the new horrors confronting Christians in the world today one comes back time and again to ask “Why”? First of all we consider the enemy. Within the world there is an irrational rage that surges out into violence. One cannot enter into any kind of discussion with such violent and irrational rage. When faced with it I am reminded of the sub human beasts in the film I Am Legend. There was no reasoning with them. They were demon possessed, and demons, by definition, are unable to reason. They are beyond reason because they are creatures of the lie

June 7th, 2019|0 Comments
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