Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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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...

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Tradition is the Democracy of the Dead

G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.” I’ve been pondering this for some time from a couple of different perspectives. First of all, in the present...

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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...