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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-03-13T12:00:57-04:00

Welcome to Standing on My Head

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

The Cool Capabilities of Podcasting

I've been listening to a number of Catholic podcasts and not been too overly impressed. Most of them are good enough--a person chatting about this and that or some interviews and conversations. This is all well and good, but there is so much more potential. My first degree way back in my college days was in Speech and English. I did a fair bit of acting and directing plays and so forth, and with the ease of production with podcasts it has become clear how much more potential there is in this new medium. My first podcast was Triumphs and Tragedies--my

March 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Gargoyle Code Podcast – Week One

The Gargoyle Code podcast has started. Listen to the free sample here. This is a podcast-audiobook version of my Screwtape Letters-type Lent book. The old ham actor in me has risen again and I take the parts of the demon Slubgrip, Pipteazle, Crasston, Snozzle and more. You can catch up and listen to the introduction, explanation of how the diabolical correspondence was intercepted and a few words of advice from your guardian angel  here now. And here are the podcasts for the rest of Week One - Ash Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As Lent continues the podcasts for each week

March 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Characters of the Reformation 15 – Oliver Cromwell

The fifteenth episode of Characters of the Reformation is published here today for Donor Subscribers. Remember the episodes are all available to listen to free of charge over at BreadBox Media, but they are made available here first for a week or so before being published there. This is a special advantage for those who help support the blog-website as Donor Subscribers. When podcast series are being produced they are published first here, then later at Breadbox. After they are produced they are then archived here for the use of Donor Subscribers. If you would like to be a Donor

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Resentment and Religion

He of the mustache--Frederich Nietzsche--has much to answer for. On the one hand the poor insane philosopher opened our eyes to some aspects of religion and human psychology we had never seen before. On the other hand, he made some obvious blunders which led to incredibly awful conclusions--not only in his own sad life, but also in European history. One of the concepts he explored was resentment--or because he didn't have a German word for it (that is interesting in itself) he used the French term ressentiment. For clarity I'll just capitalize the English word Resentment. Resentment is not just being

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

What Happens in a Witch Hunt

The term "witch hunt" is popularly understood to mean two things. First, it is sometimes used as a stick to beat the Catholic Church. Along with the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades and other historic propaganda points, the Catholic Church is accused of hunting out and executing innocent women in lurid ways. The image is of the angry mob with torches and pitchforks...you get the idea. The second misconception is a bit closer to reality. A "witch hunt" is an irrational group reaction against a particular group of people. The "red under the bed" search for communists in post war USA

February 26th, 2019|0 Comments

Reflecting on Rosica

Will the revelation of Fr Roscica's repeated, long term plagiarism result in any sort of restrictions or penalties? He has stepped down from one academic post, but the question remains whether he will "weather the storm". After an initial mea culpa for the cameras he will shift the blame others, say it was down to being busy, and besides it was a minor matter--forgetting a reference here, neglecting to include a footnote there? The most disturbing thing about these revelations are that they show yet again the parlous conditions in the corridors of power in the Catholic Church. Fr Rosica's lying and

February 25th, 2019|1 Comment

On Mennonites and Monks

I'm preaching a parish mission in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Central Pennsylvania is home to many picturesque small farms. They are invariably well kept by the hard working Mennonite community. Driving home from Mass at St George Church, Mifflinburg we saw about a dozen horse and buggies full of Mennonite folks making their way home from church. Up the road three Mennonite girls were on their bikes--also making their way home from Mass. The whole scene is very quaint and its easy to imagine an idyllic rural existence, but I know their life is hard and they face the same human foibles

February 24th, 2019|0 Comments
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