Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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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...

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Why Are Young People Cheering Socialism?

Winston Churchill said something like, “If a man is not a socialist in his twenties he is a scoundrel. If he is still a socialist in his fifties he is mad.” He was acknowledging the attractive idealism of the young. He was also acknowledging its...

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What Does It Mean to Say the Church is “Apostolic?”

One of the lines I love most in the first Eucharistic Prayer is the prayer for the Catholic Church and all bishops who “preach the Catholic faith that comes to us from the Apostles.” In the Creed we profess our belief in “One, Holy, Catholic and...

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Priests and Luxury Motorcars

As a Catholic priest I am bound to observe Canon 282 in the Code of Canon Law, which states, “Clerics are to foster simplicity of life and are to refrain from all things that have a semblance of vanity.” Some time ago, I had to shop for a new...

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Where is the Devil at Work in the World?

There are several reasons why there is an extraordinary interest in demon possession and exorcism. The phenomenon is dramatic and horrible and there will always be a fascination with the dark side of reality. However, I believe there is also a...

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10 Reasons Why the Rosary Is So Powerful

Saints say it. Popes say it. The Rosary is a powerful weapon against evil. But have you stopped to figure out why? Here are 10 reasons why the Rosary prayer is the most powerful and how you can use it most fully. 1. It Engages Your Will. The...

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What is the Secret of Star Wars?

The latest Star Wars movie hit the box office two weeks ago. Despite tepid reviews, it has made almost $400 million at the box office worldwide. What’s the secret of its success? Some Star Wars fans are almost religious in their passion. I...

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The Blame Game and the Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception reminds us of the original problem with original sin: blaming others. When things go wrong the first thing we do is blame others. God: “Adam, did you eat the fruit?” Adam: “Eve gave it to me.” God: “Okay. Eve, did you...

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Jack Outside the Box: Celebrating C.S. Lewis

Every Nov. 22 we are reminded that the assassination of President Kennedy and the death of C.S. Lewis took place on the same afternoon. Joseph Pearce has written here comparing the legacies and possible destinies of the two men.  One of things...