Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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Atheism and Genocide

First, we should be clear about terminology. We talk about “secularism” or “secular humanism” and this is presumed to be a way of life and philosophy that is urbane, civilized, well-intentioned and benevolent toward all. It is the philosophy of...

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5 Reasons Why the Transfiguration Really Happened

You probably know that most liberal New Testament scholars don’t have time for miracles. All those miracles stories and supernatural events? They’re all pious fiction. Somebody made it up. It’s “mythical.” They say the early Christians added...

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Wake Up, Sleepy Catholics!

In a more creative mindset I’ve sometimes wondered if the seven dwarves might not characterize different types of Catholics. There’s Dopey, who is dumb but cute and very devoted. There’s Doc, who always has the doctrinal details in order,...

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Sleuthing with St. James the Greater

Everybody likes a good mystery, and we like to watch as the sleuth sifts the clues, eliminates false leads, tracks down the culprit and gets his man. I enjoyed putting pieces of the puzzle together when I was writing my book The Mystery of the...

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If You’re a Christian, You’re a Pilgrim — So Go On a Pilgrimage

Me? I’ve given up on vacations. I get bored at the beach. There’s sand everywhere — even in the sandwiches. Amusement parks don’t amuse me and the mountains are too high. I’m for pilgrimages instead. A pilgrimage is a holy holiday. It’s not a...

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The Gritty Reality of Corpus Christi

Not too long ago while celebrating Mass I drifted into a kind of silence. I had spent the day paddling through the shallow waters of contemporary culture and mainstream media and was feeling both tired and soiled. Then, as I celebrated Mass, it...

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At Pentecost, Mary Immaculate Reveals the Church Immaculate

One of the details we overlooked when we were Protestants is Mary the Mother of the Lord being present with the apostles at Pentecost. Of course it’s there in the Catholic paintings of the scene, but we missed it. We missed it because we had a...

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The Rapture and Private Revelation

I grew up in an Evangelical church where dispensationalism was the method of biblical interpretation.  For those not in the know, dispensationalism was devised by a Protestant preacher named John Nelson Darby. It is a system of biblical...

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What Will Happen to the Church in the 21st Century?

Last summer I produced a 23-part podcast series on the history of the Church called Triumphs and Tragedies. The series was basically one episode per century, with a few extra episodes thrown in for very eventful centuries. I produced the podcast...

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Envisioning the Future Church

Last year I put together a 23-part podcast series on Church history called Triumphs and Tragedies. It’s basically one episode per century, and hoo boy — what a roller coaster! I produced the podcast and got it out there through my blog-website...