Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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The Sorrowful Mother and Mediatrix

There are very few Catholic titles for the Blessed Virgin Mary more likely to annoy Evangelical Protestants than Coredemptrix or Mediatrix. Immediately the Bible Christian will leap up to quote 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God and one...

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Give More Money, For Heaven’s Sake

I recently saw an article about the financial crisis parishes and dioceses are facing because of the pandemic. It’s pretty obvious: if nobody is going to church nobody is putting their money in the collection basket. Parishes that geared up with...

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The Relics of the Resurrection

Every pilgrimage to Rome should include a visit to the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (The Holy Cross in Jerusalem). If you’re hiking around the city it’s just up the hill from St. John Lateran, and after your visit it’s another half-hour...

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Are All Religions Pretty Much the Same? No Way...

All religions are pretty much the same. Right? They are man-made the result of human beings wondering about the world they find themselves in, and coming up with answers to the big questions about life, meaning, death and the great mysteries of...

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Someday, You and Everyone Who Ever Lived Will Be Resurrected

Every Sunday at Mass we say we believe in “the resurrection of the Body.” Not just Jesus’ resurrection, but the resurrection of my body. How do I do that? I thought it was “ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if the Lord don’t get you the devil...

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On Viewing the Shroud of Turin

Five years ago I helped my friend Joseph Pearce lead a pilgrimage to England. We had a marvelous time together with a busload of pilgrims, but I jumped ship at Oxford and made my way to Rome to meet a friend named Sid for an extension of the...

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Don’t Succumb to Jiminy Cricket Theology

The other day I had a conversation with an intelligent, well-educated young woman who was questioning the Catholic Church’s moral teaching. She said about the Church’s teaching on same-sex attraction, “But I don’t know if I really accept...

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The Reform of the Liturgy

How often have you heard Catholics grumbling about church? Father preaches too long or not long enough. The music is too modern or too ancient. The altar servers are undisciplined or they are too rigid and mechanical. I thought it might be worth...

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Christ, Celibacy and Contraception

The new book From the Depths of Our Hearts by Cardinal Sarah and Pope Benedict XVI continues the Church’s ongoing discussion about clerical celibacy, but it seems to me that the whole topic has been kicked into a new category by the invention of...

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Bethel and Bethlehem

If you are interested in the paranormal and all things weird and wonderful I recommend a classic book on the subject — Patrick Harpur’s book Daimonic Realities. Harper is a thoughtful author who is not a Catholic. He takes the reports of strange...