Southern Catholicism: Embracing Tradition

Michael Tamara writes here at Crisis Magazine website on the rise of traditional church architecture in the American South:it is still somewhat of a rarity to see a new ecclesiastical project of such delicate care and quality. However, it is not nearly as rare as it was at the turn of the century, and considering various ongoing deterrents both within and outside of the Church, that alone is significant. It is true that a certain indiscriminate preference for the contemporary remains firmly … [Read More...]

Old Monk on Death

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Polygamy, The Feds and the Gas Chambers

A Utah judge has ruled against a legal ban on polygamy.Mark Gordon reports on the case here. The story is not that complicated. Kody Brown, who is a member of a fundamentalist Mormon sect is living with his four wives. The judge observes that if they were not married, but just living together in … [Read More...]

Why Do Muslims Behead People?

Are the brutal beheadings done by ISIS fanatics connected with their religion?Douglas Murray, writing here at the Spectator discusses the reluctance of any of the intelligentsia to discuss the reason for the barbarism of radical Muslims. Murray was on a BBC discussion program with a group of … [Read More...]

Powerful St Patrick

Some time ago I had a dream in which I saw a young boy swimming in a river.As he was swimming happily downstream I saw that around the bend was a large crocodile.I watched in terror as the boy swept past the crocodile and the beast slipped out from the undergrowth where he was hiding to … [Read More...]

Mary Alma Parker RIP

On Tuesday Mrs Longenecker and I traveled to Charleston for the funeral of Mary Alma Parker.Mary Alma was the wife of Fr James Parker--the first Episcopal priest to be ordained under the Pastoral Provision in the early 1980sJim Parker helped untold numbers of Anglican Christians both lay and … [Read More...]

Holy, Holy, Holy – How to Build a Beautiful Church

 Here is my latest article for Our Sunday Visitor on God's blueprint for a beautiful and sacred church.God is not “the Great Architect,” and he doesn’t deal in blueprints and building committees, but did you know God told us how to build a church? It’s in the Bible. If we believe th … [Read More...]

O Lord, Make Me Happy, But Not Yet…

Sister Mary Lucy was a Poor Clare nun who suffered greatly. She lost her eyesight and had a degenerative bone disease which caused her spine to crumble.The doctors could do very little to help her. I used to visit her regularly, but never once heard her complain.Instead she had a huge … [Read More...]

Gigantic Spanish Food Fight!

August is the silly season...Go here for a gallery of photos from Spain's annual Tomatina tomato festival which ends in a gigantic food fight with thousands of folks chucking tomatoes at each other.I think Mantilla the Hon may have something to say about this later. … [Read More...]

Can You Get Catholicism Gradually?

Here is an article for the editorial stream at Patheos which explores the problem of different religions--all of which make truth claims.Should we merely be tolerant of all religions? Should we seek to amalgamate them all?The Catholic solution is unique: If the modern multicultural world is … [Read More...]

Onward Christian Soliders? Not Likely

George Tate was in the US Army in World War II. He served in a unit that was establishing communication lines across the Himalayas.George's son, Sid is a parishioner, he said about his Dad, "His plane was riddled with enemy gunfire going in, and as I understand it his job was conducted in an … [Read More...]

Religion–Is It All in Your Head?

Here is my recent article for ZENIT - it is a lengthened version of a blog post from earlier in the year which explains the difference between mere mystical experiences and real religion.Religious experiences of the mystical kind occur throughout human experience and in most every kind of … [Read More...]

Why Not Women Patriarchs?

 Here is my article today at National Catholic Register asking why women could not be patriarchs in the church. It goes on to explore the idea of patriarchy and the feminine.When I was a priest in the Church of England 20 years ago, the debate over women’s ordination that has now c … [Read More...]

Be of Good Cheer: Elephants Can Dance

Are you feeling weary and frightened reading about terror in Iraq, droughts and earthquakes in California, riots in St Louis and liturgical abuses by a priest somewhere in Iowa?Are you concerned to read that nun's habit have been stolen by terrorists intent on blowing up a major city and … [Read More...]

Killers Dressed As Nuns

OMG!What Have I Done?Who have I been mixing with?Holy Deacon Kandra reports here that terrorists may have been behind the recent raid of an ecclesiastical outfitters.The officials worry that the ample nun's habit will provide cover for a suicide bomber.And to think that I met … [Read More...]

The Hilarious Evangelist – On Laughter in Religion

I'm waiting for my ride at San Antonio airport. The car pulls up. A Latino fellow leans out the passenger window with a huge grin, "Hey Father Longenecker! I get to meet you at last! I read your stuff all the time man!"It was Catholic lay Evangelist Jesse  Romero. I have had the pleasure of … [Read More...]