Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-07-25T15:49:56-04:00

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Standing on My Head

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

Caitlin O’Rourke Goes to Camp

I found this in the archives... I told my mom I didn’t want to go but she made me go anyway because she said I was getting on her nerves and I told her I was sorry about putting wet plaster from my craft project down the garbage disposal I thought it would just wash it away and didn’t know it would go hard like that so fast so when Contance Kraus asked if I would go to camp with her for a week my mom said I had to go even though I don’t really like Constance and mom

July 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Donald Trump and Julius Caesar

What's the old saw by Mark Twain? "History doesn't repeat itself, but it echoes." Last month when I was tootling around the Uffizi Gallery I took time to study some of the busts and statues of the ancient Romans, and there was one of Julius Caesar. Sure enough, he was shown with a combover. It led me to remember the similarities between Julius Caesar and Donald J. Trump. First, both Rome and Washington D.C. are built on a swamp. The situation in Rome when Caesar arrives on the scene is the Republic is at the end of its lifespan. The

July 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Is Racism a Sin?

Fr. James (Slippery Jim) Martin S.J. has tweeted: "Racism is a sin." Fr Martin is usually quite strong on the "Do Not Judge" theme, and doesn't usually talk about sin very much. So in our decadent and indifferent age it's refreshing to hear a priest discuss sin in the public square. I agree with Fr Martin that racism is a sin, but it is worth examining this statement a bit further because racism, as such, has never featured in the classic lists of deadly sins, nor is it listed in the Ten Commandments. It does make it into the Catechism

July 18th, 2019|1 Comment

Mother Mary, King Francis, Thomas Traherne and the Transgender Agenda

Four articles are uploaded today into the every expanding Archived Articles section of the blog. These articles are from the thousands I have written over the years for various websites, magazines, papers and journals. They are reserved for Donor Subscribers at the Premium level and above. Purity is Power - This is chapter six of my book Quest for the Creed. The book is being uploaded to the archived articles section chapter by chapter so Donor Subscribers will eventually have the whole book online. Contraception and Gender Confusion explains the link between the contraceptive culture and the present wave of

July 17th, 2019|1 Comment

Is Benedict XVI Still the Pope?

Yes, I know the headline is click bait, but it's actually the sub title of a book I was sent for review. The Secret of Benedict XVI - Is He Still the Pope is by Italian journalist Antonio Socci and published in English by Angelico Press. Happily the book's content is not quite as sensationalist as the title. Some Catholics who are displeased with Pope Francis have retreated into what some have called the "resignationist" position. That is to say, for detailed legal reasons, Pope Benedict's resignation was invalid. Other theories are that the resignation of Benedict was valid, but Francis' election

July 16th, 2019|1 Comment

Women Priests and Artificial Ecumenism

In a post at LifeSite News Julia Meloni reports on Cardinal Brandmuller's opinions about the working document preparing for the upcoming Amazon synod: Today, we face an Amazon synod that, as Cardinal Walter Brandmüller puts it, “intends, above all, to help implement two most cherished projects that heretofore have never been implemented: namely, the abolition of priestly celibacy and the introduction of a female priesthood—beginning with female deacons.”  In the lead-up to the synod, Pope Francis has forebodingly praised the radical work of Bishop Fritz Lobinger, who seeks to ordain married “elders” for the “whole Church.”  By vastly outnumbering regular priests with these

July 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Faithful Resistance to the Pope

When my friend Taylor Marshall's book Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church From Within was published I posted this response. My attitude was essentially..."so what are you going to do about it?" This was perceived in some quarters as indifference and I think someone even suggested that, as a priest, I had a vested interest in supporting the status quo. Do I have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo? Sure. But not only because my job and livelihood would be on the line, but also because, as a priest I cannot function outside the authority structures of the Catholic

July 10th, 2019|5 Comments

Countering Cotton Candy Catholicism

One of the advantages of being a Catholic is that, if you go to Mass regularly, you will hear so much of Sacred Scripture being read. This is also one of the disadvantages. It is not a disadvantage because you hear Sacred Scripture, but because you hear it in small chunks. What is lacking in the experience of most Catholics is an overall view of the whole of Sacred Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Compared to Bible Christians, most Catholics are woefully inadequate in their understanding. They don’t know how the whole sacred story fits together. They can’t tell the

July 9th, 2019|0 Comments
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