About Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Emotion as Ethics or Screaming Makes it Right

Aggressive Emotivism

Here is my latest article for The Imaginative Conservative in which I explain the modern trend of saying that something is right or wrong simply by feeling that it is right or wrong. In other words, if you like it or not. Emotivists contend that words which suggest an objective morality like “good”, “bad”, “right”, [Read More...]

The Superhero Myth that Really Happened


Here is my Good Friday piece for Aleteia in which theories of the atonement are explained and how comic book heroes help us understand the gospel An earlier view of the death of Christ combines two understandings of who Jesus and what his death accomplishes. First is the idea that Jesus pays a ransom to [Read More...]

Pope Pelosi Washes Feet


Devout Catholic Nancy Pelosi washed some feet at an Episcopal cathedral in San Francisco yesterday. Go here for a snapshot. Thanks to the Holy Father being creative with the liturgy, here’s what the ceremony of foot washing has become: a photo op for just about anyone to make a political statement. “Here, are the cameras [Read More...]

The Pope in the Attic?


In this insulting and ignorant piece in The Atlantic Paul Elie goes through the same sad litany of the mainstream media–setting up a clash not only between Popes Benedict and Francis but now also between John Paul II and John XXIII. You know the whole schtick: John XXIII and Francis are radical reformers–jolly people people who [Read More...]

Jesus Died to Save You – What Does THAT Mean???


You see the signs beside the highway blazoned “Jesus Saves”. You hear the religious slogans from Catholics and Protestants, “Jesus died to save you from your sins.” or “Jesus blood was shed to wash away your sins.” I’m sympathetic when I hear modern secularists say with frustration, “What on earth does that mean??!! How can the [Read More...]

The Problem With Washing Women’s Feet

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio washes feet of shelter residents during 2008 Mass at church in Buenos Aires

Last year on Holy Thursday Pope Francis visited a prison and famously washed the feet of a Muslim girl. Traditionalists were tut tutting that he had broken a church rule. The rubric for the liturgy for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper stipulates that men are to be chosen for the foot washing. The arguments [Read More...]