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

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Standing on My Head

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

Innocence and Experience – St Benedict and St Thérèse

From the Archives: In Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis observed, ‘How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints.’  G.K.Chesterton, who wrote little biographies of both St Thomas Aquinas and St Francis, delighted in the uniqueness of the two men. Aquinas was the greatest philosopher of his time while Francis was a wandering fool. Thomas a great bull of a man with an intellect to match— Francis a scraggy simpleton. St Thérèse of Lisieux also admired the individuality of the saints. She wrote, “How different are the variety of ways through which the

May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Selling the American Jesus

I am in the middle of writing my next book. It was going to be called The Way of the Warrior Priest but the working title now is Immortal Combat - Everyday Evil and the Only Solution. As part of this process I am being drawn to meditate increasingly on the reality of evil and how, at the root of it all, are lies. Lies, lies, lies. We are the people of the lie, and the ways we lie are multiform and multi faceted. Layer upon layer of lies all interwoven with the lies in our society, the artificiality, the phony-ness, vanity, pride and

May 20th, 2019|8 Comments

The Future Church 3 – Evangelical Catholicism

The third episode of my podcast analysis of John Allen's book The Future Church is posted here today. This is one of the most interesting chapters in Allen's book. The first chapter, entitled World Church, looked at the shifting demographics in global Catholicism. Already the majority of Catholics hail from the developing world and their predominance will change the Catholic Church completely in the twenty first century. In this second chapter, "Evangelical Catholicism" Allen considers what seemed to be a rising trend in the church when the book was written ten years ago. In 2009 Benedict XVI's papacy was at it's zenith

May 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Married Priests Now?

It seems there are billboards like this going up all across Cincinnati demanding "Married Priests. Now." My usual quick comment when someone brings up the issue of married priests (and it is almost always a progressive Catholic who does so) is: "Well, we have to remember that if the man is married and young and he and his wife are fertile they would be living within the teachings of the Catholic Church right?" "Well. Um. Sure. I guess" "Right. So if they are young and fertile they're not going to be using contraceptives so they may not have your neat

May 16th, 2019|2 Comments

Watch Out for Gospel Gunfights

Have you ever been tempted to be a Catholic Wyatt Earp? You know, to be a Catholic gunslinger, a quick draw McGraw of the apologetics scene? Soon after I became a Catholic I would sometimes get myself involved with a Protestant in what I later termed a “Bible Gunfight”. Like a couple of desperadoes my Protestant friend and I would take cover behind our respective church theologies and fire pot shots at each other–gun slinging Bible verses back and forth trying to prove our point. The problem is, neither of us were very good shots. The Bible bullets kept whizzing

May 14th, 2019|1 Comment

Women Deacons and The Development of Doctrine

The question of women deacons seems to have been pushed into a kind of Catholic never never land. The pope has said "No" but has done so in a way that sort of kind of maybe leaves the door ajar. Members of the commission he has set up are to go home and continue their studies. I guess this means the folks pushing for change will continue to sift through every ancient liturgy they can find until they can say, "Aha! Look here! In the fifth century in the Anatolian Auto cephalic Community of Nestorians a woman deacon (yes the

May 11th, 2019|2 Comments

Layer Upon Layer of Clericalism

Fr Z has written here about the true clericalism in the church. He points out that traditional Catholics are often accused of clericalism because the clergy dress in their cassocks, like wearing birettas and insist on the distinction between the clergy and laity because they are opposed to extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and lay leadership. But Fr Z. claims that the liberals in the church are just as driven by clericalism if not more. I agree. When I travel around the USA visiting parishes for missions or speaking at a conference I'll often come across the typical American suburban

May 10th, 2019|2 Comments

Help! My Kids Aren’t Catholic Anymore!

When I'm out leading missions or speaking at a conference,  in the meet and greet session afterwards, the most common conversation I have is with middle aged women who say, “Father, what can I do, my children have stopped practicing the faith!” or  they tell me how their children have married Mormons or Methodists or Baptists and left the Catholic Church. What’s the problem? The problem is not now. The problem is back then. The problem is how we have educated a whole generation of young Catholics. We’ve driven them off with being nice. The Catholic Church over the last

May 10th, 2019|6 Comments
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