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Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-05-25T07:56:06+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

Vatican Re-Affirms JP2s Ban on Women Priests. Now What?

CRUX reports here on today's news "That only men can be validly ordained to the priesthood is a truth that is part of the Catholic faith and will not and cannot change" Cardinal-designate Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued a report which re-affirms Pope St John Paul II's ruling in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis: Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the

May 29th, 2018|1 Comment

The Vicar on Trans Clergy

Guest blogger, The Rev’d Humphrey Blytherington is former Vicar of St Hilda’s, Little Snoring with All Saints, Great Snoring. He is a graduate of Plymouth University. He completed his studies for the ministry at Latimer Hall, Durham. He is married to Daphne and enjoys home brewing, model railroading and was, until retirement, an avid member of the Great Snoring Morris Dancers. He is now honorary assistant priest in the parish of Dagwood Bumstead in the Gloucester Diocese. Greetings lads! What a wild and windy day eh? Good thing old Barton has got the fire going. I don't mind if I

May 28th, 2018|Tags: |1 Comment

A Modest Proposal

It seems to me in the present state of affairs in Ireland that the abundance of children is impeding the men and women of Ireland from pursuing one of life's inalienable rights, the pursuit of happiness. The situation for Irish women, especially, is dire. They are virtually forced to have more children than they want. When an Irish woman becomes pregnant, her career aspirations are halted and she cannot move forward with her life and the pursuit of happiness--especially the happiness of unrestrained sexual pleasure. The fact that this freedom is with held from the Irish woman is a terrible

May 28th, 2018|1 Comment

Women Priests and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb

One of the arguments against the ordination of women is called the "iconic" argument. That is to say, "It the liturgy the priest functions as an image or icon of Christ the Great High Priest. The priest is in persona Christi. Because Jesus was a man, a woman cannot fulfill this role." OK, the feminists argue that the iconic role is that of a human being--not simply a man. They quote St Paul who says, "In Christ there is neither slave nor free, male or female." (Galatians 3:28). The verse is taken out of context. St Paul is not referring to human

May 27th, 2018|1 Comment

Ireland and the End of Cultural Catholicism

The vote to allow abortion in Ireland has revealed what we already knew--that Ireland's Catholic faith has eroded, and the once great and powerful Irish church has become a husk of what it once was. I am no expert on Ireland, Irish history or the Irish church, but I expect the malaise has the same roots at the decline of the institutional church not only in the other European countries, but also in the decline of cultural Catholicism in the United States. I understood the impact and influence of cultural Christianity when I was a minister in the Church of

May 26th, 2018|1 Comment
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