Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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Contraception and Consumerism vs. the Cross

Everything is connected, and it may sound absurd to link contraception with economics, but think about it:  History will look back and decide that artificial contraception was the most radical invention ever devised by mankind. When the link...

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The Tightrope of Tolerance and Tyranny

Pope Benedict XVI spoke a good deal about the “dictatorship of relativism,” but it wasn’t always clear what exactly he was talking about. That should not come as a surprise because one of the hallmarks of relativism is ambiguity, muddiness of...

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My Eye-Opening Visit to a Casino

I was brought up in a very strict Christian home. We didn’t go to movies. We didn’t go to dances. We didn’t smoke or drink. Heck, we weren’t even allowed to play cards because they were linked with gambling. Then some years ago I visited Detroit...

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Graham Greene’s Whiskey Priest

I hadn’t read a Graham Greene novel in years, but remembering the tale of the ‘whiskey priest’ in The Power and the Glory I got it down and re-read it last week. For those who are unfamiliar with the novel, it takes place in Mexico in the 1930s...

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Are the Gospels a Myth?

One of the most common pronouncements by the atheists is that “Christianity is a myth.” Are they right? Is Christianity a myth? Are the gospels myths?  In a sense the gospels function like a myth. However, most of the atheists making this...

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Faith Walks on the Waves — Ideology Stays in the Boat

If you’re searching for the meaning of life, I’ve been thinking lately that there are really only three options. The first option is nihilism. That is, that there is no meaning of life and the search for meaning if a fool’s errand, a wild goose...

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Were the Three Wise Men History or Myth?

In Lord of the Rings, the character Galadriel tells the story of the ring of power and says, “History became legend and legend became myth.” A good example of history becoming legend and legend becoming myth is the story of King...

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Would Jesus Recognize Catholic Worship?

You’ve seen pictures of splendid traditional Catholic worship. The clergy and servers are robed, the incense is billowing, the church building is magnificent. Would Jesus recognize such worship? The assumption is that Jesus is a simple,...

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Why the Rosary is Not “Vain Repetition”

Protestants sometimes charge Catholics with “vain repetition” in praying the Rosary. This is a reference to Matthew 6:7, where Jesus instructs, “When you pray to not babble with vain repetition as the pagans do.” Sure, when we pray the Rosary...

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Sex, Politics and Money

That headline got your attention didn’t it? They say the three topics you should avoid in polite conversation are sex, politics and money, but those are the only interesting things to talk about! In fact it’s difficult to have much of a...